These NJ pick-your-own farms are open for the season

2022-06-22 09:30:08 By : Mr. HAITONG Crimper

Living in the Garden State means we not only have access to plump, juicy fruits and vegetables, but we can also pick them ourselves.

U-pick farms all over the state have opened their fields for the picking season. Wander through farmlands growing everything from strawberries to peaches to peas to raspberries and fill your basket as you go.

Here's what you need to know about U-pick farms in New Jersey. Be sure to call ahead or check on the farm's website to make sure picking is open for the day.

Alstede Farms is one of the most extensive pick-your-own farms in Jersey. Expect strawberries, peas, radishes, cilantro and raspberries in June; blueberries, beans, peaches, sweet corns and peppers in July; and more produce throughout the fall.

All pickers must purchase a ticket on the website before coming to the farm; tickets include an entry time. Time slots are open every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. With your ticket, you can either purchase a quart container or a 6-quart container to fill with produce, though you can purchase additional containers when you visit.

Go: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester Township; 908-879-7189,

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If it’s nutritious vegetables you're after, head to Bader Farms Home Grown Produce in Pine Brook. The 15-acre farm is family-run by husband and wife Ivan and Jean Bader, and their sons Ian and Sean. There, you can pick your own ripe tomatoes, peppers, crunchy string beans, deep purple eggplants, sweet corn, zucchinis and more. These vegetables are grown with no insecticides or chemicals in sustainable composted soil.

U-pick runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Go: 290 Changebridge Road, Pine Brook; 973-227-0294,

The family-owned Battleview Orchard rotates its U-pick produce depending on what’s fresh. Strawberry-picking is over for the season, but you can pluck some sour cherries. Peaches and nectarines will be available when they ripen in the summer.

Battleview does not take reservations. U-pick is first-come-first-serve. No strollers, backpacks, bags or reusable fruit containers are permitted. The farm will provide a picking container. Cash only.

Go: 91 Wemrock Road, Freehold; 732-462-0756,

Peach season at the quaint Demarest Farms runs from July to August. General admission is $5 per person (under 2 is free), and a bag to hold your peaches is $15. Each bag holds about 10 to 12 pounds of peaches.

Once the peaches are ripe, Demarest Farms will post a reservation system on its website that will allot you a time slot. Pick-your-own tickets will not be available at the farm, and there will be no hayrides. All payments will be taken digitally.

Go: 244 Wiermus Road, Hillsdale; 201-666-0472,

Pick organic blueberries among the Pine Barrens at DiMeo Farms. The creek-side farm also includes nature trails and picnic tables in the forest. Blueberry picking season began on June 1. Call ahead to book a same-day appointment. Blueberries are $2.50 per pint and DiMeo Farms is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Go: 3101 Nesco Road, Hammonton; 609-561-5905,

The lush, spacious Emery’s Farm grows five varieties of blueberries — Duke, Blueray, Bluecrop, Darrow and Chandler. Not familiar with blueberry varieties? All you need to know is they’re plump, delicious and will soon be available for U-pick from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (usually). Check the Facebook page for updates on when the farm is open.

The blueberry field is a short walk away from the main store area. It is recommended to wear sneakers, hats and weather-appropriate clothing. Entry fee is $2 and the price of blueberries per pound is $3.

Go: 346 Long Swamp Road, New Egypt; 609-758-8514,

Farms View is yet another place to get your hands on succulent strawberries. The field sits just a few yards away from the main store and is easily accessible for families with small children. Strawberries are currently ripe on the farm, with other varieties that will be ripe later in the season. The entrance fee is $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends; strawberries are $5.50 per pound. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.

Go: 945 Black Oak Ridge Road, Wayne; 973-839-1212,

Mood’s is a quintessential barn with its name painted in stark black letters on the chipping white structure. Beyond is fields of fruits and vegetables that guests roam through to take their pick of the produce, including blueberries and raspberries in June, sweet plums, white peaches, nectarines and blackberries in July, and red pears, plumbs and grapes in August.

Mood’s asks that you bring your own bucket or box (no plastic bags are allowed). Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.

Go: 901 South Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill; 856-478-2500,

Juicy, bright red strawberries can be dusted with sugar, sliced up and put on yogurt and ice cream, baked into pies and pastries, mashed into jams or eaten all on their own. Whichever way you prefer this sweet snack, you can pick your own at Sussex County Strawberry Farm. Raspberries and blackberries are available in late August and September. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays (though, call ahead as hours are subject to change).

Go: 565 Route 206, Newton; 973-579-5055,

Wightman Farms is a Jersey staple that has been in operation since 1922. The strawberries here are plump and pickable, and guests are free to roam and fill their baskets with strawberries. Once the strawberries shrivel, cherries, peaches, nectarines and apples take their place, allowing for five months of U-pick produce. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Wightman's charges a one-time entry fee of $10 per person, which is good for the entire season, and includes a reusable tote bag. The fruit you pick is not included in the price of admission. Strawberries are $6.99 per pound.

Go: 1111 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown; 973-425-9819,

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Eastmont Orchards: Apples, peaches. Opens in July for peach season. 169 County Road 537, Colts Neck; 732-542-5404,

Hallock’s U-Pick Farm: Sweet peas, sugar snap peas, snow peas, broccoli, spinach, cilantro and more. 38 Fischer Road, New Egypt; 609-758-8847,

Bear Berries: Blueberries. 1449 Junction Road, Browns Mills section of Pemberton; 609-636-5158,

Blueberry Bill Farms, Inc.: Blueberries. 914 11th St., Hammonton;

Haines Berry Farm: Blueberries. 98 Sheep Pen Hill Road, Pemberton; 609-894-8630,

Lindsay's Pick Your Own Blueberries: Blueberries. 436 Pleasant Mills Road, Hammonton; 609-561-2474,

Specca Farms: English shell peas, snow peas, fava beans, napa cabbage, beets and more. 870 Jacksonville-Mount Holly Road, Bordentown; 609-267-4445,

Piney Hollow Farm: Blueberries. 502 East Piney Hollow Road, Williamstown section of Monroe; 856-629-5188,

Melick’s Town Farm: Apples, strawberries, peaches, nectarines and pumpkins. 19 King St., Oldwick; 908-439-2318,

Phillips Farms: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, currant, sweet and sour cherries and apples. 290 Church Road, Milford; 908-995-0022,

Giamarese Farm: Strawberries, peas, spring greens, peaches and nectarines. 155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick; 732-821-9494,

Donaldson Farms: Strawberries and raspberries. 3345 Allen Road, Mansfield; 908-852-9122,

Stoneyfield Orchards: Strawberries, plums, peaches, apples, pears and cherries. 5 Orchard St., Belvidere; 908-475-5209,

Rebecca King is a food writer for For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.