Get ready—it’s almost time for strawberry picking in NJ, and while the 2023 season is short for picking (mid-May through June), it’s chock full of family fun. Besides picking fresh strawberries off the vine, many farms have festivals and lots of kid-friendly activities, making for a whole day outing. Keep in mind that because it’s hard to pinpoint the exact date strawberries are ripe for the picking (and cold weather snaps don’t help), you should call or check the farm’s website before making a plan. Scroll down for the best farms and fields for strawberry picking in NJ, and if you are feeling hungry, check out Farmers’ Markets in NJ too. (feature photo credit: istock/jarih)
Strawberry Picking Farms And Fields Around New Jersey
Strawberry Picking in NJ – North Jersey
Time slots are available from June 3-30
Strawberry picking lasts most of June, and after picking, your family can go shopping for produce, home goods, and desserts. They also have weekly events featuring hayrides and games for kids. Make sure you grab your PYO Entry Ticket for picking before you go.
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ, 07930
Bonacorsi Family Farm
Opens in early June
The farm offers a variety of strawberries along with sugar snap peas, raspberries, blueberries, and tart cherries too.
662 Pittstown Road, Frenchtown, NJ 08825
Strawberries are available mid-late May through mid-June.
Before or after picking, stop by and say “hi” to the animals like miniature donkeys, goats, chickens, and peacocks. Call ahead for the exact date when fields are open for u-pick.
945 Black Oak Ridge Road, Wayne, NJ, 07470
Melick’s Town Farm
Open 7 days a week, strawberry picking from mid-May to June
This farm has U-pick fields behind their farm store. Say hi to their resident potbelly pig and stock up on other farm goodies like fresh pies, fruits, veggies, and meats while you’re there.
PYO Strawberries and Flowers at 170 Oldwick Road, Oldwick, NJ 08858
Seven days a week, check for updates
The end of May kicks off the picking season with lots of activities like food trucks, hayrides, pony rides, and live music post-picking. You must buy tickets in advance.
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
Pick your own season for strawberries is expected to start in late May. Stop by their farmstand afterward for locally grown fruits, vegetables, and goods.
91 Crab Apple Hill Road, Milford, NJ 08848
Peterson Family Farm
Opens the first week of June
You can pick from several strawberry varieties while snapping photos of the historic barn that dates back to the 1800s.
438 Quakertown Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
Strawberry picking begins May 13
If you are ready for delicious strawberry picking in NJ, the Snyder’s Farm U-pick season starts in May. Check out their website and Instagram for more information.
586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
Sussex County Strawberry Farm
Opening in early June for strawberry picking; check for updates
After picking as many berries as you can carry, this farm offers a list of recipes for you to use them in, like strawberry pie or kid-friendly strawberry daiquiris. The greenhouse is also open, with colorful hangers that will catch anyone’s eye.
565 Route 206 North, Andover, NJ, 07821
VonThun Farms (Washington location)
Strawberry Season is mid-May to early June; open 7 days a week
If you love fresh strawberries, you can’t miss the farm Strawberry Festival, which runs from June 10-11. There’ll be strawberry picking, barnyard animals, an activity area, hayrides, and more fun.
438 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ, 07882
Opening in June for strawberry picking; check for updates
Keep checking for the opening PYO dates, where you can find strawberries, peaches, cherries, and nectarines crops. Their farm store will also feature fresh-picked fruit and more.
1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960
Strawberry Picking in NJ – Central Jersey
Battleview Orchards Country Market and Bakery
Strawberry picking opening day mid-May; check the farm’s Facebook page.
Battleview Orchards is known as the oldest pick-your-own farm in New Jersey, and each bite of one of the treats at their country store (pies, apple cider, and cider donuts) will have you tasting a bit of history.
91 Wemrock Road, Freehold, NJ, 07728
Hallock’s U-Pick Farm
Check back for updates in mid-May
While they’re known for multiple u-pick fruits and veggies, strawberry season is one of their most popular. The expected opening is in mid-May, and you can also purchase plants and perennials too.
38 Fischer Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Lee Turkey Farm
Strawberry season is expected to begin in June
Among the delectable strawberries available in June, Lee Turkey Farm also offers cherries, broccoli, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet corn, and plenty of other fruits and vegetables to pick throughout the summer season.
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, NJ, 08520
(609) 448-0629; Follow them on their Facebook page for more updates.
Peterson Family Farm
Opening the first week of June
Strawberry picking is fun for all ages at Peterson Family Farm, with available strawberry varieties like Earliglow, Jewel, and All-Star. You’re sure to leave with a bucket full of red, ripe berries that you can preserve later or eat while they’re fresh.
438 Quakertown Road, Flemington, NJ, 08822
(908) 782-1682 or (908) 878-7303
Opening Day in June; check the website for updates
After picking strawberries, feel free to sample Philips Farms’ delicious, sugar-free fruit spreads, ciders, jams, and other goods they offer in their market.
564 Milford-Warren Glen Road (Rt. 519)
Milford, NJ, 08848
Strawberry season is from late May to early June
With plenty of educational activities for kids and a winery for adults, Terhune Orchards has something for the whole family to enjoy. Keep an eye out for more information on the farm’s fun strawberry-themed events, including a reading event for kids with stories read aloud about how strawberries grow.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540
Von Thun’s Country Farm Market (Monmouth Junction)
Strawberry season is from mid-May through June, open 7 days a week
Besides picking strawberries, make sure you don’t miss this farm’s special summer events, such as the Strawberry Festival.
519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ, 08852
Strawberry Picking in NJ – South
Walking Bird Farm (formerly B&B Farms)
Strawberry picking starts May 22
Strawberries start here in late May, and you can also visit their farm shop for fresh veggies and fruit they grow.
250 S Mannheim Ave, Egg Harbor, NJ 08215
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Strawberry season is expected to begin in mid-May-June
Take a farm tour on a hayride, or enjoy some delicious soft-serve ice cream on hot days at Johnson’s Corner Farm. After you pick your bounty, check out the comprehensive recipe list online to see what you can make with any fruit or other crops you pick.
133 Church Road, Medford, NJ, 08055
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
Strawberry picking begins May 19
The strawberry patch opens for picking in mid-May. You can mix your quart containers with radishes or fill all your quarts with berries.
2691 Monmouth Rd., Jobstown, NJ 08041
Strawberry picking in late May and early June
Start the season with some strawberry picking and pick cherries later in mid-June.
295 Greentree Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Sahl’s Father Son Farm
Open for the season by appointment only
The strawberry season opens in mid-May, with time slots available for picking by appointment only.
420 West Pestalozzi Street, Galloway Twp., NJ 08215
(609) 965-9300 call or text
Strawberry picking starts May 12
There are plenty of fruits and veggies to pick at Specca Farms, but none are as popular as the vibrant red strawberries. They are currently open for picking—check their Facebook page for updates and hours.
841 Jacksonville-Mt. Holly Road, Springfield Township, NJ 08505
What’s your favorite spot for strawberry picking in NJ?
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