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Best Apple Picking In NJ
The beginning of fall is my favorite time of the year. The cooler weather, the foliage and apple picking! One of NJ's best kept secrets is it's abundance of orchards and farms filled with pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and of course apple picking! Plan a fall family trip to some of the best apple-picking destinations New Jersey has to offer.
Riamede Farm (Chester, NJ)
If you’re looking for a more peaceful and simple apple-picking excursion, look no further than Riamede Farm. The farm’s straightforward approach to apple picking means a more serene outing and better time appreciating Mother Nature’s gifts in the form of over 34 apple varieties spanning over 68 acres. The farm recommends calling ahead of time if you’re looking to get specific information about which apples are available for picking. Apple and pumpkin picking are offered daily, and hayrides are available on weekends.
Alstede Farms (Chester, NJ)
In addition to apples, visitors to Alstede Farms can pick pumpkins, gourds, corn, and potatoes (prices vary depending on when you go). An on-site market sells baked goods, ice cream, produce, dairy, and wine. Weekend evenings bring harvest moon hayrides, live music, bonfires, and flashlight-guided corn-mazing for the brave.
Wightman Farms (Morristown, NJ)
Fall comes alive on the weekends at Wightman, with a variety of activities to choose from including apple picking, a corn maze, games, and a pumpkin slingshot. Seven dollars grants you apple picking privileges and a tote bag (you’ll pay for what you pick), and the $20 Ultimate Farm Experience gets you a hayride, pumpkin and apple picking, a walk through the corn maze, and a cider doughnut.
Battleview Orchards (Freehold, NJ)
Owned and operated by four generations of the Applegate family (really), this farm offers apple and pumpkin picking to visitors daily through October, with hayrides available on weekends. Be sure to check out the farm’s Facebook page to get up-to-date information on pricing (apples and pumpkins are sold by the pound) and see which variety of apples are available for picking, or peruse the farm’s many apple recipes to make sure you are getting the best use out of your haul.
Terhune Orchards (Princeton, NJ)
Terhune is open for fruit picking year-round, and fall, of course, is apple season. Check out their guide to to see what available apple varieties are best for eating, cooking, and baking. The farm hosts harvest festivals with live music, food, mazes, and wagon rides every weekend till Halloween. Festival admission is $8, but orchard-only access is free. Guests can also pick pumpkins, visit barnyard animals, and sample wine in the Terhune tasting room.
Eastmont Orchards (Colts Neck, NJ)
Another farm that keeps things on the simpler side, Eastmont Orchards offers apple picking daily through the end of October. Apples are priced by the pound, and visitors can also pick pumpkins, gourds, or purchase specialty honeys and jams. Check out the farm’s Facebook page to get updates on which apples are available for picking, and be sure to look over its recipe page, which includes tips and secrets to baking the best apple pie.