Pick Your Own NJ Farms – Calendar

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As a parent, one of the most difficult decisions is selecting the best food for your child. With so many choices and information floating around, it can be overwhelming. We’re fortunate in the Garden State to have access to nutrient-rich farmland, and the opportunity to visit pick your own NJ farms throughout the year. At #NJMOM, we love picking our produce fresh from the farms in NJ, purchasing from a local farmer’s market, Dean’s Natural Market, or the like. Not only is it a fun way to show kids how to make nutritious food choices, it’s a fun activity and memory to build with your family. Regardless of where you choose to source your fruits and veggies, picking or purchasing during the most active growing season will ensure you are getting the ripest produce possible full of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

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To help you find the best growing seasons and availability of fruits and veggies in New Jersey we’ve included the picking calendar below found on the Jersey Fresh website. Keep in mind, for the most accurate information on the harvest, hours of operation and daily picking availability, please call the New Jersey farm on the morning of your visit.

Pick Your Own NJ Farms – CALENDAR

Fruits & Berries Early Most Active Late
Apples July 15 Sept. 1 – Oct. 25 Oct. 31
Blackberries July 10 July 15 – July 30 Aug. 10
Blueberries June 20 July 5 – Aug. 10 Aug. 15
Cherries June 10 June 10 – June 25 June 25
Cranberries Sept. 20 Oct. 1 – Nov. 1 Nov. 10
Grapes Aug. 25 Sept. 10 – Sept. 20 Sept. 30
Peaches, Nectarines July 5 July 20 – Sept. 1 Sept. 15
Pears Aug. 1 Aug 10. – Aug 31 Sept. 10
Plums July 1 July 15 – Aug. 15 Sept. 1
Red Raspberries
   Traditional July 1 July 5 – July 21 Aug. 1
   Fall Bearing** Aug. 15 Sept. 1 – Sept 20 Oct. 15
Strawberries May 20 June 1 – June 10 June 25
Vegetables Early Most Active Late
Asparagus Apr. 23 May 1 – May 30 June 25
Beets June 1 July 1 – Oct. 31 Nov. 30
Broccoli June 20 July 1 – Oct. 31 Nov. 1
Cabbage June 1 June 10 – Oct. 31 Nov. 15
Cauliflower Sept. 1 Oct. 5 – Nov. 20 Dec. 5
Collards May 15 Aug. 20 – Oct. 31 Nov. 20
Cucumbers June 25 July 5 – Aug. 15 Sept. 15
Eggplant** July 10 July 20 – Sept. 30 Oct. 15
Lettuce
   Late Spring May 15 May 20 – July 15 Aug. 31
   Early Fall Sept. 1 Sept 15. – Nov. 15 Nov. 30
Lima Beans July 10 July 15 – Aug. 31 Oct. 31
Okra** July 15 Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 Oct. 15
Onions June 25 June 25 – July 31 Sept. 30
Peas May 20 June 15 – June 25 July 5
Peppers July 5 July 15 – Oct. 31 Nov. 5
Potatoes July 10 July 20 – Sept. 30 Oct. 15
Pumpkins Sept. 15 Oct. 1 – Oct. 15 Oct. 31
Snap Beans June 10 June 20 – July 20 Aug. 31
Squash June 15 June 25 – Sept. 1 Sept. 30
Spinach April 15 May 5 – June 25 June 30
Sweet Corn July 1 July 5 – Aug. 31 Sept. 25
Tomatoes** July 5 July 10 – Sept. 15 Oct. 15
Other Early Most Active Late
Everlastings, Flowers, Herbs
July 1 July 15 – Sept. 15 Oct. 1
** Late date is Oct. 15 or killing frost

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Christine is the editor and founder of njmom.com. When her sister, a mommy to three little ones, left her to babysit one day, she had no idea what to do with the kids besides watch Caillou on repeat. After this eye-opening experience, Christine’s mission became very clear: find fun and unique kid-friendly things to do around New Jersey. When Christine isn’t on her latest adventure, you can find her playing around with healthy recipes in the kitchen, practicing yoga and mediation, and traveling to warm destinations. Some of her favorite things to do around New Jersey with her family are beach days at Lavallette, screaming at the top of her lungs at Six Flags Great Adventure and snow tubing down Mountain Creek.