The Best Apple Picking Farms Around NJ


Fall is here (almost), making it the best time to go apple picking in NJ. Most NJ apple picking farms offer more than just apples—think hayrides, cider tastings, and lots of donuts (yum)—so your family can celebrate the delicious fall fruit too. Of course, we love it because apple picking in New Jersey is a great outdoor activity for the whole family. If you plan to go, click on the farm’s website for their picking schedules (which vary with each farm). Want more fall fun? Check out NJMOM’s Pumpkin Picking Guide and Family-Friendly Farms to Visit This Fall for ones near you. (featured photo credit: @insta.megz )

Here is the best apple picking in NJ this fall:

Bergen County – Apple Picking in NJ

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Take a guided tour of the apple orchards at Demarest Farms. Photo Credit: @demarestfarms

Demarest Farms
This farm is honored to be named the best apple picking farm in New Jersey and one of the best places to pick your apples in the entire country. It fills up fast because of its popularity, so be sure to make your reservations and buy your tickets ahead of time.
Apple picking season starts approximately September through October 
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642
(201) 666-0472

Burlington County – Apple Picking in NJ

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Get into the fall spirit at this apple farm in NJ, Johnson’s Corner Farm. Photo Credit: @some.sweet.shotts

Russo’s Fruit and Vegetable Farm
Get in the fall spirit at Russo’s with PYO opportunities available starting September 16, and get to pick Red Delicious apples in their bursting apple orchards. These apples are perfect for eating and baking (can’t you just smell the pie?). Winesap apples will be available later in the season. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their fun corn maze, and they also offer pumpkin picking.
529 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle, NJ 08088
(609) 268-0239

Johnson’s Corner Farm
Get your baskets ready and hop aboard a hayride to the apple trees for picking starting September 10. You can also take a pumpkin picking hayride and go during one of the Fall Festival Weekends, where you can enjoy the Discovery Barnyard Playground, a corn maze, Sunflower Stroll (when available), an animal farm, and more.
Hayride times must be reserved
133 Church Rd., Medford, NJ 08055
(609) 654-8643

Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm will celebrate their Fall Harvest weekends throughout September and October with live music and food trucks. This year, they’re offering sunflowers, apples, and pumpkins—check their website ahead of time for details.
2691 Monmouth Rd., Jobstown, NJ 08041
(609) 353-9000

Strawberry Hill Farm
Get your baskets ready to pick fresh McIntosh and Gala apples, great for eating and making apple sauce, and be sure to look on their Facebook for the latest updates. Apple picking is available now through mid-November
3 Waln Rd., Chesterfield Twp, NJ 08515
(609) 298-0823

Cape May County – Apple Picking in NJ

Stiles Farm and Nursery
Pick from varieties like Nova Easygrow, Summer Mac, Redfree, Gala, and more throughout the season. Apple picking is available now through October.
172 South Delsea Dr., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
(609) 600-7939

Gloucester County – Apple Picking in NJ

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Pick all kinds of apples at Mood’s Farm Market, an apple picking farm in South Jersey. Photo Credit: @lynpai

Mood’s Farm Market
Get your flannels on and head out to the farm to pick a variety of different apples, including Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and more. Their Apple Festival will take place on September 10 with a donut eating contest, live music, kid’s activities, and apple hayrides. Apples are available from now until November.
901 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
(856) 478-2500

Duffield’s Farm
Take a fun hayride out to the orchards for apple picking in NJ straight from the tree. Apple picking is available now; check their Facebook page for updates.
280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 589-7090

Hunterdon County – Apple Picking in NJ

Melick’s Town Farm
Enjoy picking your own apples, and enjoy other farm activities at two locations, one in Califon and one in Oldwick.
472 County Road 513, Califon, NJ 07830 – (908) 439-2318
19 King Street, Oldwick, NJ 08858 – (908) 832-2905 

Mercer County – Apple Picking in NJ

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It’s all smiles at an apple farm in NJ. Photo Credit: @terhuneorchards

Phillips Farms
Make some memories at this family-favorite farm picking delicious Gala apples, then stop by their farmer’s market for locally sourced goodies. Call ahead for picking availability.
91 Crabapple Hill Rd., Milford, NJ 08848
(908) 995-0022

Lee Turkey Farm
A variety of fruits and vegetables are available monthly, but apples are available from August-October.
201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor, NJ 08520
(609) 448-0629

Terhune Orchards
Fall and apples go together at Terhune Orchards in September and October. Littles will love picking here since the apple trees are kept short, so they’re easy to pick. Once you’re done picking, head back around the corner for fun with the barnyard animals.
330 Cold Soil Road (picking fields are on Van Kirk Road), Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-2310

Middlesex County – Apple Picking in NJ

Giamarese Farm & Orchards
With a season starting in late August and running through Columbus Day, you can pick various apples from Autumn Gala, Blushing Golden, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, and so much more.
155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(732) 821-9494

VonThun’s Country Farm Market
Get in the spirit of fall with apple picking in NJ and a family fun Fall Festival including the apple orchard, hayrides, a corn maze (kids 5 and up), farm animals, pumpkin picking, pony rides, and so much more. Call ahead for up-to-date information—apple picking is from mid-September through October.
519 Ridge Rd., South Brunswick, NJ 08852
(732) 329-8656

Monmouth County – Apple Picking in NJ

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Ripe and ready for apple season in NJ. Photo Credit: @eastmontorchards

Battleview Orchards
The whole family can join in to pick apples like Gala, Jonamac, McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious, and more at this farm. Apples are available from late August through October.
91 Wemrock Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728
(732) 462-0756

Eastmont Orchards
You can pick crowd-pleasing Honeycrisp apples and other varieties at this Central Jersey apple picking farm, which the same family has run since 1923.
181 County Road 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
(732) 542-5404

Morris County – Apple Picking in NJ

Alstede Farms
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, tomatoes, peas, beans, and more are available at Alstede Farms. Apples are available now through November.
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
(908) 879-7189

Hillview Farms
There are blueberries, peaches, zinnias, apples, and pumpkins, depending on the season, but apples are available to pick from September through October.
223 Meyersville Rd., Gilette, NJ 07933
(908) 647-0957

Riamede Farm
Open to the public since 1974 with apple trees that are over half a century old and 64 acres of farmland, Riamede Farm provides a peaceful old-time apple picking experience with over 40 different varieties of apple,  starting in late August.
122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930
(908) 879-7762

Stony Hill Farms
Pick your own apples and pumpkins in the fall, and make sure to get your tickets ahead of time to reserve your spot. Apple picking runs from early September through mid-October.
15 North Rd., Chester, NJ 07930
(908) 879-2908

Sun High Orchard
Family-owned and operated since 1945. Check the website for picking updates.
19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869
(973) 584-4734

Wightman Farms
Family-owned and open for almost 90 years, growing the freshest fruits and vegetables, Wightman Farms offers pick-your-own apples in varieties like Paula Red and Ginger Gold. Apples are available starting in late August.
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 425-9819

Sussex County – Apple Picking in NJ

Pochuck Valley Farm
With 16 different varieties of apples, from Cortland and Granny Smith to Pink Lady and Golden Delicious, this farm is home to over 2,000 trees that hold various fruits. Apples will be available from now through September 15.
962 Route 517 (McCafee – Glenwood Rd.), Glenwood, NJ 07418
(973) 764-4732

Warren County – Apple Picking in NJ

Mackey’s Orchard
Home to a 45-acre orchard atop a mountain, take a hayride up to pick Gala and Honeycrisp apples with a breathtaking view of the Delaware Water Gap. There will be apple cider and donuts, and be sure to visit their farmstand for farm-fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, and ice cream (hello peach, soft-serve). Check their Facebook for picking updates.
284 County Road 519, Belvidere, NJ 07823
(908) 475-1507

Longmeadow Farm
Take a fun hayride to pick from Gala, McIntosh, Ginger Gold, and more apple varieties starting Labor Day weekend. They’ll also have pumpkins available for picking, plus jams, jellies, and honey available for purchase. And look out for information about their Annual Harvest Festival for a day filled with food, crafters, music, kids’ activities, and of course, apple picking in NJ.
561 Blairstown Rd (County Rd. 521), Blairstown, NJ 07825
(908) 459-5351

VonThun Farms
Just like their South Brunswick location, VonThun Farms offers apple picking, along with a fun Fall Festival for the whole family, including apple picking, hayrides, a corn maze (kids 5 and up), farm animals, pumpkin picking, pony rides, and so much more. Apple picking will be from mid-September through October.
438 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 07882

Somerset County – Apple Picking in NJ

Ripple Hill Farm
Pick from a variety of different apples at this family-run farm (FYI, it’s cash only) and “see how much better they taste straight from the tree.” The apple picking will be available from September 18 through October 16 on Sundays.
181 Mountain Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 647-1300

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