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. And it’s even better this fall 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 the latest COVID-19 updates, as well as 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.

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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 has the honor of being 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.
Farm open daily from 8 AM – 5PM
Apple picking season starting approximately September 4 through October 
244 Wierimus Rd.
Hillsdale, NJ 07642


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 from September 17-October 31, 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?). While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their fun corn maze, and they also offer pumpkin picking.
Monday through Saturday from 9AM – 6PM and Sunday from 9AM – 5 PM
529 Medford Lakes Rd.
Tabernacle, NJ 08088

Johnson’s Corner Farm
Get your baskets ready and hop aboard a hayride to the apple trees for picking. You can also take a pumpkin picking hayride and check out their Fall Festival Weekends, where you can enjoy the Discovery Barnyard Playground, a corn maze, Sunflower Stroll (when available), animal farm, and more.
Open daily from 8AM – 7PM
Hayride times must be reserved
133 Church Rd.
Medford, NJ 08055


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 a drive-through experience where you can drive along their “Park N’ Pick” Route and make stops at the Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, Sunflower Field, and Corn Maze.
Farm Market Hours Friday-Sunday from 10AM – 5PM
Apple picking is available September 3 through October 31
Park N’ Pick is available Friday-Sunday from 9AM-3:45PM
2691 Monmouth Rd
Jobstown, NJ 08041

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 check their Facebook for the latest updates.
Open daily from 9AM – 5PM
Apple picking is available now through mid-November
3 Waln Rd.
Chesterfield Twp, NJ 08515


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.
Open Tuesday – Friday from 9AM – 12PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 10AM – 3PM
Apple picking is available now through October
172 South Delsea Dr.
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210


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 4 with a donut eating contest, live music, face painting, and kids activities, and it’s also the first day of the apple hayrides.
Open Monday through Saturday, Labor Day to October from 8AM – 5PM
901 Bridgeton Pike
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062


Duffield’s Farm
Take a fun hayride out to the orchards for apple picking in NJ straight from the tree.
Open Monday through Saturday from 9AM – 7PM
Apple picking is available now through October
280 Chapel Heights Road
Sewell, NJ 08080


Hunterdon County – Apple Picking in NJ

Melick’s Town Farm
Enjoy picking your own Liberty Winesap apples, a scenic wagon ride, and a fun tractor to play on and take the cutest pictures at two locations, one in Califon and one in Oldwick.
Open daily from  9AM – 6PM
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.
Open Wednesday through Monday from 9AM – 6PM
91 Crabapple Hill Rd.
Milford, NJ 08848

Lee Turkey Farm
A variety of fruits and vegetables are available monthly, but apples are available from August-October.
Monday through Saturday 9 AM-6 PM, Sunday 2 PM-6 PM (must arrive by 5 PM)
201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor, NJ 08520

Terhune Orchards
Fall and apples go together at Terhune Orchards. 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.
Open daily from 9AM – 5PM
Fall Family Fun Weekends, every weekend in September and October from 10 AM to 5 PM
330 Cold Soil Road (picking fields are on Van Kirk Road)
Princeton, NJ


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.
Farm open Tuesday through Sunday from 10AM – 6PM, hours change in the late Fall, so check for updates
155 Fresh Ponds Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816


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.
Hours vary at each location. Call ahead for up to date information
Apple picking mid-September through October
519 Ridge Rd.
South Brunswick, NJ 08852

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.
Open daily from  9AM – 6PM, closed Tuesdays
Late August through October
91 Wemrock Rd.
Freehold, NJ 07728


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.
Open September through October, Monday through Friday, 9AM – 5PM, Saturday & Sunday, 9AM – 6PM
181 County Road 537 East
Colts Neck, NJ 07722


Happy Day Farm
Even though there’s no apple picking at Happy Day Farm, it’s still worth a visit to celebrate all things fall. You can check out their fall-themed festival with pumpkin bowling, hayrides, a corn maze, peddle carts, a giant slide, and so much more fall fun.
Reopening for their Fall Festival on September 11 through October 31, Saturdays and Sundays (Fridays in October only) from 10AM – 5PM, last entry at 4PM
106 Iron Ore Road
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726


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, and you can choose from a 1/4 peck bag, 5-pound produce bag, 10-pound produce bag, or a large produce box.
Pick your own farms are open every day, 9 AM-6 PM, last admission at 5 PM
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Hillview Farms
There are blueberries, peaches, zinnias, apples, and pumpkins, depending on the season, but apples are available to pick in September.
Monday – Sunday from 9 AM-5 PM
223 Meyersville Rd., Gilette, NJ 07933

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 Plus, check out the pumpkin field to make it a fall-themed day.
Opening for apple picking on September 2, Monday – Sunday from 9AM – 4:30PM
122 Oakdale Road
Chester, NJ 07930

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.
Typically early September – Mid-October from 10 AM-5 PM Daily
15 North Rd., Chester, NJ 07930

Sun High Orchard
Family-owned and operated since 1945 with no admission fee this year, but everyone over 4 must purchase a bag to enter. There will be 1/4 peck, 1/2 peck, and 1-peck bag options available this year.
Pick your begins September 20 on weekdays only from 10 AM-5:30 PM, with the last call at 5:15 PM
19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869

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. Plus, don’t forget to check out the food trucks available after Labor Day.
Open Fridays and Sundays from 9-4 and Saturdays from 9-5
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

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.
Open daily starting August 25 through October 31, from 7AM – 4PM
962 Route 517 (McCafee – Glenwood Rd.)
Glenwood, NJ 07418

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 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).
September through October, apple picking available. Call ahead for picking hours
284 County Road 519
Belvidere, NJ 07823

Longmeadow Farm
Take a fun hayride to pick from Gala, McIntosh, Ginger Gold, and more apple varieties. 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.
Open August 29 through October, Saturday & Sunday, 9AM – 5PM
561 Blairstown Rd (County Rd. 521)
Hope, NJ 07844


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.
Call ahead for hours
Apple picking 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.”
Open September 19 through October on Sundays from 12PM – 4PM
181 Mountain Rd.
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920


Atlantic County

Butterhof’s Shady Brook Farm
**No longer doing apple picking. A local farm provides Jersey locals with the freshest fruits and veggies.
Open daily from 10 AM – 5:30 PM
5800 White Horse Pike
Egg Harbor City, NJ


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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.


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