Elul is Here! Presenting: The Official Apple-Picking Guide 2017 – PLUS, Honey Farms YOU Can Visit!

Rosh Chodesh Elul, the apples are coming into season, and the weather is beautiful!

What better activity to do than apple-picking?

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in Northern or Central New Jersey?

Scroll down this page for our great list of 25 farms you can visit, all sorted by county for your planning pleasure!

 

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Many of these farms also FEATURE RAW HONEY you can use for Rosh Hashana!

Helpful link from the Star-K regarding Kashrus of Honey and Honey Products:

Interesting Link from the OU regarding Honey and its Kosher Status


 

 

Great Frum TIPS from the experts:

Remember… these are working farms, not usually established businesses, so…

  1. Always call the farm first to ensure they are open
  2. Ask what is ripe for picking
  3. Is there a cover charge per person, or do you just pay for what you pick?
  4. Price per pound of the fruit (with a few kids along, the pounds add up quickly!)
  5. Hours they are open
  6. IMPORTANT! Cash only or do they accept credit cards too (MANY don’t)

and finally…. here are your farms! Happy picking!

Bergen County

What’s there? – apples, peaches, pumpkins, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, birthday parties, school tours

Address:244 Werimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642. Phone: 201-666-0472.

Email: [email protected].

Directions: Garden State Parkway north to exit 168. Make a left off the exit. Go to the blinking light and make a right. Demarest Farm is located about a half-mile down the road at the first traffic light. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in August, September, October. Open: 8 am to 7 pm, seven days a week, mid April until Thanksgiving; Apple and pumpkin picking open to the public weekends, 10 am to 4:30 pm and weekdays 3 to 4:30 pm; Daytime reservations available for groups of 10 or more Monday through Friday; Call for peach picking dates and times.

Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Farm market offers from scratch salad bar, bakery, deli, ice cream shoppe, and lots of other goodies like fresh cider and donuts. Large variety of seasonal homegrown and local produce available. Our apple varieties are Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap


 

What’s there? – flowers, herbs/spices, pumpkins, face painting

Address: 575 River Road, New Milford, NJ 07646. Phone: 201 483-9494.

Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions.

Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.


 

What’s there? – pumpkins, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, school tours

Address: 85 Airmont Ave, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Phone: 201-529-2595.  Email: [email protected].

Open: Pumpkins in Spetember and October; Normally, in August, we begin raspberry and blackberry picking BUT NOT in 2014 – Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, AmEx.

Comments from a visitor on September 23, 2012: “We went to this farm to pick raspberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) and all had a great time (2 kids, 5 adults). This was the last weekend to come pick them and there were still lots of berries. The staff was nice and the price reasonable. Unlike some other farms, they don’t have a cover charge – you just pay for the berries you pick (as of today, $4 per pint). I’ll definitely go again!”


 

What’s there? – corn (sweet), melons, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, Other fruit or veg, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, petting zoo

Address: 552 Route 17 North or 542 West Saddle River Road, Ridgewood, NJ 07450. Phone: 201-523-0824.

Email us at: [email protected]. Crops are usually available in October. Open: all week 10am Till Dark; September 25th through Halloween Only. Ward’s Pumpkin Patch Since 1940.

Payment: Cash, Check. We have exotic Gator, Apple, Goose Neck, Warted and Winged Gourds. Lumina, Casper, Cotton Candy and Giant Full Moon all White Pumpkins. Fat Jacks Aladdins, Howdins, Big Macs. Jaharradale, Warted Red & Grey Hubbard, Pokemon, Baby Boos, Warted Bears, One Too Many, Cinderella, Fairytale, New Kinds of Hybrid Pumpkin Gourds, Snake Gourds, Cheese, Long Island Squash, Peanut Pumpkin, Green Warted Apple Gourds, Turks Turban etc, too Many to list


 

Morris County

What’s there? – apples, apricots, beans, blackberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details), blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, currants (red and black), eggplant, flowers, gooseberries, herbs/spices, melons, nectarines, onions, other berries, peas, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details), tomatoes, other vegetables

Address: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: 908-879-7189.

Email: [email protected].

Open: PYO Hours: Spring & Summer: 9 am to 6 pm, Fall: 9 am to 5 pm (check website to see when hours change) Click here for current open hours, days and dates.

Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.

Comments from a visitor on June 27, 2009: “We love this farm!”

Comments from a visitor, May 30, 2008: “They are open all year and have a fabulous store (if you don’t want to get out in the brambles and pick your own) They are kid friendly with hayrides, horse rides, festivals, corn maze. They take credit cards and have restrooms. They have farm markets in local communities throughout central NJ. You can even cut your very own wildflowers to take home in a bouquet!


 

What’s there? Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant

Address: 290 Change Bridge Rd., Pine Brook, NJ. Phone: (973) 227-0294,  Email: [email protected].

Open: April 1st- December 31st, 2011, Daily, spring 8am-6:30pm. Directions: see website. We also have a roadside market / farm stand with Tomatoes, Sweet corn, Peppers, Eggplant, Apples, Peaches, Pears, Pumpkins, etc. Our apple varieties are Red & Golden Delicious, Winesap, Empire, Gala & more. We also have Annuals, Perennials, Hanging Baskets, Potted Geraniums, Mums, Pointsettias, Tulips, Hyacinths, Daffodills, Shrubs, Bagged Soils, Bulk Mulch, Cornstalks, Gourds, Indian Corn


 

What’s there? – pumpkins, Other fruit or veg, Fresh eggs

Address: 130 Old Denville Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005. Phone: 973-334-6428.

Email: [email protected].

Open: Monday thru Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm November hours are Monday thru Sunday 9am to 5pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions.

Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.

BONUS! Wooden train, ship and bus play structures for year round play when patronizing our facility.


 

 

What’s there? – Pick Your Own: blueberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, and flowers

Address: 223 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ. Phone: (908) 647-0957.

Directions: I-78 Exit 40 towards Gillette, 5 miles on right.

Open: from daily (including weekends) 9 am to 6 pm; however, our fields close to the public at 5 pm. Blueberry picking lasts through July; Peach picking lasts early August through early to mid September; Apple picking lasts late August to end of October; Pumpkin picking lasts throughout October; Flower picking (zinnias) lasts July through September. We also have hayrides every weekend in October that go through the farm to the apple orchards and pumpkin patches. The roadside market has apples; pumpkins; vegetables, tomatoes. Our apple varieties are Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap. We also have Donuts; cider; bakery items.

Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2008: “This is the fifth pick-your-own place we’ve explored in New Jersey, and it was the best! We climbed a short distance up a hill, past chickens and peacocks to donut peach trees laden with fruit. Later, we walked down the hill to blueberry bushes still full (August 2) with berries. We will be checking back regularly to see other peach varieties and apples become open to picking.”


 

 

What’s there? flowers, pumpkins, Fresh eggs, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours

Address: 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley , NJ 07853. Phone: 908-876-3351.

Email: [email protected].

Open: September 20th – November 2nd. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.


 

 

 

What’s there? – apples

Address: 525 Old Route 24 Route 510, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: 908-879-5509.

Email: [email protected].

Open: Everyday Mid – September until November 1st; Call for exact dates and availability.

Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.


 

What’s there?– apples, pumpkins, school tours

Address: 122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: 908 879-5353.

Open: in September and October, all seven days of the week, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Directions: Turn onto Oakdale Road at the Exxon on the eastern end of Main Street/Route 513 in Chester. Turn east onto Route 513 from Route 206 at main Chester intersection. Click here for a map and directions.

Payment: Cash, Check. Pick apples in an old orchard with a 19th century ambiance featuring 34+ varieties of traditional, modern and heirloom apples. The pumpkin patch outback offers cut-off-the-vine, bring your own cutting shears. Also, pyo Indian corn, tomatoes & gourds. Cider, donuts, jams, jellies, honey.

BONUS! Free hayrides on weekends.

School trips. Roam our peaceful 68 acres of scenic orchards & woodlands; enjoy the fall colors. We also have a roadside market / farm stand with Apples some of the Our apple varieties are Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap; traditional, modern and heirloom apple varieties available. We also have Cider, jams, jellies, honey, hay rides.

Roam our 50 acres of scenic old orchards & woodlands; enjoy the fall colors.


 

What’s there? – Pick Your Own: Apples

Address: 181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. Phone: (908) 647-1300. Email: [email protected].

Directions: Route 78, exit 33, south on Martinsville Road, @ 1 1/4 mile turn right onto Mountain Road, farm on right. Open: September – October, Sundays only, 11 am to 3 pm, by appointment.

Roadside Market. Our apple varieties are Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap


 

What’s there? – apples, pumpkins, strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details)

Address: 15 North Road 8 Route 24, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: 908-879-2908. Alternate Phone: 908-879-2696.  Email: [email protected].

Open: 10 am to 4 pm, starting in late May. Directions: Click here for a map and directions.

Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. pick your own apples, strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) , and pumpkins! Enjoy an adventure with your family or friends in the country!

BONUS! Take a scenic hayride to the fields to pick the freshest of New Jersey produce, then take the hayride back to our Garden Center to make your final purchases and/or browse from our wide array of plants, floral arrangement, and more.


 

What’s there? raspberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) , apples, flowers and pumpkins, farm animals, hayrides, birthday parties, farm tours

Address: 19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869. Phone: (973) 584-4734.

Open: 7 days a week Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: click here for a map and directions.

Sun High is a 25-acre farm raising peaches (not pyo), apples (pyo), sweet corn (not pyo) and a variety of vegetables (not pyo) and cut flowers, which are available in the farmer’s market.

BONUS! Special attractions include seasonal events.


 

What’s there? – Pick Your Own: Pumpkins; apples

Address: Route 202, 1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ. Phone: (973) 425-9819; Hotline: (973) 425-0840. Email: [email protected].

Directions: I-287 to Exit 30B, right at light, 1/3 miles on left; S on Route 202 from Morristown; N on Route 202 from Bernardsville.

Open: Market: Daily, year-round except Christmas, 8 am to 6 pm. We also have a roadside market / farm stand with Apples: all varieties; fruits; vegetables

Our apple varieties are Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap. We also have Jersey Fresh Cooks cookbook; apples – weekends only after Labor Day thru Oct.; hay rides & pumpkins – weekends only September 14 thru Oct.; group tours on weekdays by appt.; corn maze; picnic area; gourds; Indian corn; corn stalks; bedding plants; hanging baskets; hardy mums; perennials; dried flowers, fresh bouquets; apple cider; honey; birdhouses & feeders; bird seed

Bonus! Corn Maze and Hay Rides at different times of year – Call!


 

Passaic County

 

What’s there? – strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details), pumpkins.

Address: 945 Black Oak Ridge Road, Wayne, NJ, 07440. Phone: 973-839-1212.

Open: Pick your own strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) from our strawberry patches mid-late May through mid-late June. Strawberry season may vary due to weather. To ensure they are in season, call or check out our produce availability page.

No public restrooms but they do have picnic tables and animals to look at (no petting or feeding allowed). You may pick your own strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) from our strawberry patches mid-late May through mid-late June. Strawberry season may vary due to weather.

To ensure they are in season, call 973-839-1212 or check out our produce availability page. Sign up for our e-mail mailing list to receive updates of what is in season. Farms View offers pick-your-own pumpkins in the fall. Enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin field where they are grown to pick your own pumpkin. If you prefer, you may also select your pumpkins from our yard at the side of the store. Big Mac pumpkins weighing up to 200 lbs are also available.

A visitor writes: “They take credit cards and host many school pumpkin picking events in the fall. They grow their own corn, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, green beans and squash. Hours vary by season but in spring and summer open 7 days a week. I like it a lot as it is close and their corn, lettuce and fresh basil are fantastic!”


 

Somerset County

  • Full Moon Farm

What’s there? tomatoes

Address: 1195 Washington Valley Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Phone: (908) 658-3380.

A visitor writes: “He only takes cash, it is a farm stand and green house, crops are organic, and he does sell eggs. The farmer may only be specializing in tomatoes this year. But he is reasonable, and very hospitable. If you ask about other farms and such, he’ll give you the answers you need. Last year he had tomatoes (the best around I may add!), squash, pumpkins, onions, red potatoes, plums, honey, peppers, hot peppers, home made hot sauce and jams! He uses reused cardboard boxes and paper bags, never plastic! He grows all things organic and has been there for many years. It is a farm and he picks the goods. He always carries the boxes and bags to your car…very courteous, from the OLD school. ”


 

What’s there? – pumpkins, summer squash, and pre-picked produce

Address: 219 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Phone: 908-500-0803. Email:[email protected].

Directions: From Route 206 in Belle Meade, turn onto Hillsborough Road, 1 mile to farm stand, on left. And for a map to our farm, Click here.

Open: July, August, September, October. July through September, open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. October, weekends only from 10 am to 6 pm.

Payment: Cash, only. Summer Specials: Roadside Market featuring fresh picked seasonal vegetables. Multiple varieties of sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, hot and sweet peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, melons and peaches. Autumn Specials: Broom Corn, Indian Corn, Gourds, exotic varieties of squash, hay, straw, cornstalks, and chrysanthemums. Apples from local orchard available for purchase.


 

What’s there? – beans, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, farm animals

Address:404 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. Phone: 609-466-0947. Email: [email protected].

Open: PYO will be availble during all open hours of The Farm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates.

Directions: From North: Route 206 south, turn right at light onto Route 601 south. Continue for a few miles and turn right into Skillman Road (US Post Office on corner). From the South: Route 206 north. Turn left at light onto Route 518. Continue for a few miles and turn right at light onto Route 601 north. Turn left onto Skillman Road. (US Post Office on corner). From the West: Route 518 east. Turn left at light onto Hollow Road. Go over road level track crossing, and carry on for a mile. Turn left onto Camp Meeting Avenue. We are the third drive on the left after passing Fairview Road. From the East: Route 518 west. Turn right at light onto Route 601 north. Turn left onto Skillman Road. (US Post Office on corner). Go over the railroad bridge (single lane) and we are the second drive on the right.

Payment: Cash, only. We anticipate opening mid-June. However, please check the website or phone for an exact date.


 

What’s there? – Apples

Address: 181 Mountain Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ. Phone: (908) 647-1300. Email: [email protected].

Open: September to October, Sundays only, from 12 pm- 4pm.

Directions: Rt. 78, exit 33, south on Martinsville Rd. (about 1.25 miles) turn right onto Mountain Rd. (about 1 mile) farm on right. Our apple varieties are McIntosh, McCouns, Gala, Jonalicious, Mitsu, Laura Red, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Winesap, & Granny Smith. We also have already harvested Peaches available each week by e-mail ordering/ pick up. For details contact us via e-mail. Payment: cash, check, WIC & Senior Vouchers accepted.

Starting in early September, we open to the public for pick-your-own apples as well as a farmstand with fresh, picked-that-morning produce of whatever the farmer has available on Sundays from 12-4pm. See the Apple section below for more details on picking your own. As the peach trees are very delicate, we are unable to offer pick-your-own peaches at this time, although fresh peaches are picked by the farmer every Sunday morning to give you the best tasting fruit available.


 

What’s there? – blueberries, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) , tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, face painting, inflatables/bounce house, trike track, pony rides, petting zoo, birthday parties, group reservations

Address: 586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ 08873. Phone: 732-496-0441. Email: [email protected].

Open: Please see our website for current hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Our blueberries and strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) are pesticide free Check out our website for updates on our annual fall festival During our fall festival we offer a ATM machine for your convenience.


 

What’s there? – Strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) ; sweet peas (June); peppers; green beans; eggplant; tomatoes; plum tomatoes (August); broccoli; cauliflower; garden mums (Sept.)

Address: 1018 Orchard Drive, Hillsborough, NJ. Phone: (908) 369-6504. Email: [email protected]. Directions: New Center Road to Orchard Drive.

Comments from a visitor on June 17, 2007: “We went to Sunhaven farms on Friday, and picked strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) . The strawberries** (GFT Infestation alert! Ask your Rav for details) were really good! She had flowers to buy and hothouse tomatoes.”


 

What’s there? – flowers, U-pick and already picked

Address: 459 Foothill Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Phone: 908-595-0055. Email:[email protected].

Open: Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.


 

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  • Hamilton Farms Greenhouses and Farm Market – Honey (retail), Raw honeys, Turkeys, Fresh eggs
    130 Old Denville Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005. Phone: 973-334-6428. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday thru Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm November hours are Monday thru Sunday 9am to 5pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Wooden train, ship and bus play structures for year round play when patronizing our facility.


  • Stony Hill Farm Market & Gardens – Honey (retail), snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    15 North Road 8 Route 24, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: 908-879-2908. Alternate Phone: 908-879-2696. Fax: 908-879-5876. Email: [email protected]. Open: 7 days a week from 9 am to 6 from May to December check our website for off season times that is our farm market Greenhouse location 9 am to 6 all year around excluding Christmas, new years, Easter. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.


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Most of all, have fun!!


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