New Jersey is the Garden State, so it should come as no surprise that we have hundreds upon thousands of farms. Many of these are private while others are open to the public, and a select few even offer pick-your-own fruit and vegetable opportunities. These make for a family-friendly trip filled with fun and fresh foods! The following farms are some of New Jersey’s most popular, located throughout the state. Since there are so many to choose from, I tried to include just one from each county so all of our readers can find a great pick-your-own farm nearby!
1. Donaldson Farms, Hackettstown
Pumpkins, Indian Corn and Apples are currently in-season and ripe for the picking! This Sunday, enjoy a special fall celebration complete with a corn maze, contests, hayrides and live music!
2. Bonacorsi Family Farm, Flemington
Apples and raspberries are currently available for picking, though blackberries and strawberries are available seasonally. Guests can also enjoy the farmer's market, offering a variety of fruits, vegetables and berries.
3. Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Gourds, pumpkins, and a wide variety of apples are currently available. Stop by each weekend through November for family fun weekends! Enjoy pony and wagon rides, hay bale mazes and barnyard animals for guests to feed!
4. Johnson's Locust Hall Farm, Jobstown
Though summer picking has come to an end, fall offers a fantastic selection of pick-your-own fruits and veggies. Choose from apples, pumpkins, broccoli, kale and corn! Guests can also enjoy hayrides, go-karting, farm animals and a corn maze.
5. Springdale Farms, Cherry HIll
This massive farmer's market also includes pick-your-own pumpkins and hayrides! Visitors can also enjoy the delicious baked goods and corn maze.
6. Mood's Farm Market, Mullica Hill
You can currently pick your own peaches, pears, raspberries and apples. Visit on Wednesday's for hump day hayrides. The ride includes picking a 3lb bag of apples, cider, and a donut for just $8.00 per person.
7. Coombs' Barnyard, Elmer
Pick your own pumpkins at this family owned farm! Be sure to stop by the second weekend of October for the Barnyard Bash featuring hayrides, pumpkin picking and painting, farm animals, barrel train rides, games and so much more.
8. Sparacio Farms, Bridgeton
Pick your own strawberries in-season and shop the farmer's market featuring fresh produce and homemade jams.
9. Allen Family Farm, Belleplain
Enjoy pick-your-own blueberries at this pesticide-free farm.
10. Ron's Gardens And Gift Shop, Hammonton
Visitors can enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, fresh flowers and a gift shop that specializes in holiday decor.
11. Silverton Farms, Toms River
Pick a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as your own flowers at this local, organic farm.
12. Battleview Orchards, Freehold
Enjoy picking your own peaches, apples and pumpkins each fall, along with hayrides and a country store. The bakery can't be missed!
13. Giamarese Farm, East Brunswick
Pick your own apples and pumpkins and enjoy the upcoming October Harvest featuring fun activities for the whole family, including hayrides and face painting.
14. Hillsboro Farm, Hillsborough
Pick your own pumpkins and decorate them afterwards. Consider trying your hand at scarecrow making!
15. Alstede Farms, Chester
This massive farm really has it all! Enjoy a corn maze, sunflower maze, fresh cider, farm animals and a wide selection of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Apples, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, sweet corn, beans, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes are currently available. You can also cut your own flowers!
16. Demarest Farms, Hillsdale
After you pick your own apples and pumpkins, try one of their delicious donuts!
17. Farms View, Wayne
Pick your own pumpkins, learn about how pumpkins grow, and maybe bring home a big mac pumpkin - they can grow to be over 200 pounds!
18. Heaven Hill Farms, Vernon
Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy the Great Pumpkin Festival, running from 9/19 - 11/1. With all the available activities, you're sure to have a full day of fun! Enjoy wine tasting, pig races, tether ball, carnival rides, and more!
This is just a small selection of the pick-your-own farms New Jersey has to offer. From pumpkins to peppers, you can pick nearly anything here, and there are so many fun fall activities to try! Share your favorite places to pick fruits and veggies in the comments!