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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Northeast New Jersey in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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Bergen County

  • Demarest Farm - apples, peaches, pumpkins, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, birthday parties, school tours
    244 Werimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642. Phone: 201-666-0472. Email: 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. 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. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Demarest Farm Facebook page. . Fax: 201-666-0553. . Nursery in spring; Car show in August; Peach picking hayrides late July thru August Apple picking hayrides run thru September Pumpkin picking hayrides run late September thru Halloween; Country Fair first weekend in November Games and rides for kids. s is Bergen County's only pick your own peaches, apples, and pumpkins, s Facebook page. 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 NOTE: There are admission fees to enter the orchard to pick, in addition to the cost of the fruit you pick.For example, in 2019, for apples, it is $7 per person (Age 2 and over) plus $10 to pick approximately 10 lbs of apples. If there are 4 of you, that would be a total of $3.80 per pound of apples. For that price, you DO get parking, entrance to apple orchard, hay wagon ride, two petting zoos, adventure playground, corn box, photo display area, crooked house village, wooden playsets, and picnic area with tables
    Comments from a visitor on October 23, 2010: "Please take CASH..rides, activities and some food require cash only."

Morris County

  • Alstede Farms - apples, apricots, beans, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, currants (red and black), eggplant, flowers, gooseberries, herbs or spices, melons, nectarines, onions, other berries, peas, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables,
    1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: 908-879-7189. Email: 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. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Alstede Farms Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We are also a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The basic idea of CSA farming is a cooperative relationship between the farmer and his customers. Based on an annual commitment to one another, community members provide a pre-season payment to purchase a share of the harvest . The member then receives a weekly box of a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruit through the growing season, harvested at the peak of ripeness and flavor. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets for all Pick Your Own (PYO) activities in advance, online, utilizing our website. We can not guarantee PYO entry for walk in guests. Any (PYO) entry ticket that is purchased at the PYO sheds will incur a $5.00 per ticket convenience fee.Click here to view our updated Pick Your Own policies.Click here to purchase advance tickets.(UPDATED: September 7, 2021, JBS) (UPDATED: April 23, 2018)
    Comments from a visitor on July 19, 2019: "Blueberries and raspberries are $6.99/lb, which is high, but Peaches are $2.79/lb is is a good price."
    Comments from a visitor on August 12, 2012: "No longer is the price $3.00 (and optional $2.00 hayride). It is $5.00 each to enter farm with $3.00 credit per person. I said I did not need hayride to bring me to the apples and peaches that i could walk myself, but price is still $5.00. Taking hayride to fruits/ veggies OR NOT it is still $5.00 (with the $3.00 credit). Pretty expensive though, spent close to $100.00 on apples and peaches.."
    Comments from a visitor on September 22, 2010: "In reply to the post from Sept 11th 2010. I agree that at first it was a little unsettling to have to pay up front for the privilege of picking my own stuff. They charge $3.00 per person for admission to the fields and an additional $2.00 per person if you want to take the hayride. The hayride is completely optional, as the orchards/berry fields are easily within walking distance of the main areas and they actually give you back the $3.00 per person as credit towards paying for whatever you picked, you just need to hand over your ticket stubs to the cashier. My $30.00 worth of apples (My 3 yr old son had to pick an apple from every tree, lol) was reduced to only $12.00 after the credit. All in all, my family and I have a great time here and we come back every year for apples and pumpkins. We highly recommend it!"
    Comments from a visitor on September 11, 2010: "We visited today to pick our own fruit, something I've done multiple times per year with my daughters since we moved here 9 years ago. Sadly we were greeted with the new policy of paying $5 per person just to go out to the fields to pick..then you pay for the lbs of fruit on top of that. Can you imagine paying $20 for some raspberries?? That's what it would have cost us if just me and my 8 year old went out to the field and filled a basket! OUCH We didn't pick fruit and we didn't stay. What you used to be a fun simple low cost place to take your children has become a money hungry pit and almost commercial like. I can understand when they want to charge for the kids to play on the blow up rentals they have or ride the ponies but WHY would you charge a customer $5 to go out to the field and pick the berries FOR YOU and then pay for them? I know there are plenty other farms that don't do that and that's a shame. Shame Shame Shame"
    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 make their own homemade ice cream (oh boy is it good!). They have farm markets in local communities throughout central NJ. You can even cut your very own wildflowers to take home in a bouquet! :D They are a great farm in a great little town (which also has a Sally Lunn's Tea Room and many wonderful little antique stores and old fashioned privately owned boutique stores."
  • Hillview Farms - Pick Your Own: blueberries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, and flowers
    223 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ . Phone: (908) 647-0957. Open: from daily (including weekends) 9 am to 6 pm; however, our fields close to the public at 5 pm. Directions: I-78 Exit 40 towards Gillette, 5 miles on right. The roadside market has apples; pumpkins; vegetables, tomatoes. July: Blueberries. August: Peaches & Zinnias. September: Apples. October: Apples & Pumpkins. 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. 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. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Hillview Farms Facebook page. .
    Comments from a visitor on June 18, 2011: "We picked blueberries once. It was fun for my kids. I'm updating this because you have the farm listed, but now I'm including the web address."
    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."
  • Riamede Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, beans, beets, broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, kale, snap peas (edible pod), hot peppers, sweet peppers, carving pumpkins, pie pumpkins, Swiss chard, winter squash, Heirloom tomatoes, tomatoes, watermelons, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, Basil, Honey from hives on the farm, Local honey from within 50 miles, concessions or refreshment stand, bakery, picnic area, porta-potties, Cell service cell phones work here, No dogs allowed except for service animals, birthday parties, school tours
    122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: (908) 879-7762. Email: Open: 1; All seven days from 9 am to 4:30 pm; 2; Typical season is from August 1 to December 23; 3; Out of season, we host events; Please see our website or Facebook page for currently planned events and tickets; 4; Availability of crops to pick varies considerably; please call or check our website for current availability. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Apples typically are open August 20 to November 15 Vegetables are available August 1 to November 15. We use integrated pest management practices. Payment: Cash, Check, All credit cards, AndroidPay, ApplePay, EftPos, SNAP Vouchers. 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. 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.
    Click here for our Facebook page.
    Click here for our Instagram page.
    Other flowers: snapdragons.
    (UPDATED: March 25, 2024)
  • Stony Hill Farm Market & Gardens - apples, pumpkins, strawberries,
    15 North Road 8 Route 24, Chester, NJ 07930. Phone: 908-879-2908. Email: 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.
    Stony Hill Farm Market & Gardens Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 908-879-2696. Fax: 908-879-5876. . pick your own apples, strawberries, and pumpkins! Enjoy an adventure with your family or friends in the country! 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. Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins, Pick-Your-Own Apples, Pick-Your-Own Strawberries, Hayrides. PYO opens on or around June 9th for berry picking. Then in the Fall; Corn Mazes, New Barnyard Boardgame, Rope Maze, Tile Maze, Gemstone Mining and Noah's Ark Playground. Stony Hill Farm Market and Gardens Facebook page. Visit Stony Hill to pick your own apples, strawberries, and pumpkins! Enjoy an adventure with your family or friends in the country! Take a walk out to our fields to pick the freshest of New Jersey produce, then stop at our Farm Market or Maze Fun Park. IMPORTANT: Please call (908) 879-2908 or check our U-Pick News for the most updated information before planning your trip.
  • Sun High Orchard - raspberries, apples, flowers and pumpkins, farm animals, hayrides, birthday parties, farm tours
    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. Special attractions include seasonal events. Today, our on site farm market offers you a full range of fresh picked fruits and vegetables. Come early in the morning and smell the breads and apple pies baking in our ovens. Maybe try some of our picnic salads in the summer months or warm up with a quart of delicious soup in the cooler months. Got a sweet tooth? Sun High now makes homemade gourmet ice cream. Enjoy a cone or sundae on our garden patio or have us pack a pint for take home! The whole family will enjoy visiting our friendly animals. Our alpaca "Jersey Gold" and mini donkey "Jessica" are always looking to make new friends. In our market, you can play a game of checkers or Candyland in front of our reconsturcted historic bee hive oven and fireplace. Why not celebrate your child's special day on the farm. We love to host birthday parties that include bouncers and hayrides! Get down to basics and bring home a harvest that you picked yourself! The flower garden is open for cutting in the summer months while pick your own apples begins in September. The pumpkin patch opens the last weekend in September with continuous hayrides on the weekends (weather permitting). Always call in advance for current availability of crops.
  • Wightman's Farms - peaches, kale, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins; apples, spring onions
    1111 Mount Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ . Phone: (973) 425-9819. Email: Open: picking on Saturdays and Sundays 9 am to 5 pm; Call (973) 425-9819 to confirm picking availability; the Market: Daily, year-round except Christmas, 8 am to 6 pm. 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. 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; . Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (973) 425-0840 Hotline. . No PYO During the Week. Christmas trees; wreaths; roping; decorations; hardy mums; perennials; Easter flowers; dried flowers, fresh bouquets; apple cider; gourmet foods; honey; maple syrup; birdhouses & feeders; bird seed; hickory-smoked meats; cheeses; deli meats; home-made salads; bakery (pies, donuts, muffins, cookies, brownies) . Every person over the age of 3 years old should have a membership card to enter the fields and orchard. Then you pay for what you pick and enjoy your local harvest! 2018 ​Strawberries are $3.99 a pound. Pick Your Own only on Saturdays & Sundays beginning the first weekend in Mid June through October. A current years Pick Your Own Club Membership is required for entry into the orchard and you must have your membership card with you for access to the orchard in future trips. Wrightman Farms Facebook page. (UPDATED: August 8, 2022, JBS)2022 Price update: there is a One-time "membership" Entry fee * of $10.00/Person Ages 3 & Up. this is good for the entire season (Pay once & pick often)! the entry fee grants you access to the picking areas based on seasonality. sign up early!the one-time "membership fee" offer ends on august 31st. after august 31st it's $10.00 per visit (If you bought the membership then you do not have to pay again). the membership is good for entry for the entire season.
    Comments from a visitor on August 28, 2010: "We went to this farm to pick apples with our children. I looked at the website before visiting to get an idea but there was no information on pricing. Before you go you should know the first thing they ask you to do is join as a member $11 for a family of 5. You can't pick fruit unless you are a member. At first this was very disturbing but my husband convinced me to just join because we were already here with the kids. What I realized was that the $11 was to enter the fields to pick apples and peaches and also where they have several areas set up for children to play, ie mazes, slides, corn pit, tunnels and picnic area. The apples and peaches are still priced by the pound but you don't have to wait on long lines and purchase tickets for the kids, everything is included. I ended up spending $35 total and got 18 pounds of fruit and a nice day out with the family. And the membership is a card that allows you to return to pick your own fruit any weekend, so my family will probably go back. One problem that I see for families with little kids in strollers it to get to the peach trees you have to hike up 1/2 a mile up a steep gravel washed out road. I was glad to have my hiking boots on and ended up carrying my 2 year old up and down the steep hill. I saw a lady wearing high heels pushing a stroller trying (but could not) get up the hill and that looked painful. Do not wear flip-flops either.. you need boots or sneakers."

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first. Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches. If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life. A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too. A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples. See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)