The Best Times to Visit Pick-Your-Own NJ Farms

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As parents, feeding our kids the best food to fuel their growing bodies is so important, but it can sometimes be overwhelming to narrow down choices and put nutrition first, especially when it comes to picky little ones and busy schedules. But mamas, they don’t call us the Garden State for nothing! We’re fortunate here in New Jersey 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. Not to mention, the juiciest and most delicious!

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Find Jersey Fresh: pick your own NJ farms

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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 Find Jersey Fresh. 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. Happy picking mamas!

Pick Your Own NJ Farms Calendar

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