Snyder’s Farm: A Family Day Of U-Pick Produce And Fun


Heading to Snyder’s Farm in Somerset is the perfect treat for the whole family—what’s better than a seasonal farm with U-pick berries, festive events, and lots of fresh flowers, honey, and jam to buy? My family spent a warm June day at the farm playing lawn games and picking strawberries, and we even took a wagon ride. From April to October, the farm is brimming with farm games, activities, yummy homemade treats, and a Fall Festival for the whole family to enjoy. Read more about what we did and why visiting Snyder’s Farm should be on your bucket list this year. (featured photo credit: @snyderfarmnj)

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The farm shed with all the sunflowers, and potted plants was a welcoming sight.

Getting all the farm feels

Driving up to Snyder’s Farm, we saw a huge white farmhouse surrounded by lawn games, flowers, and farmland. Our eyes were drawn to the beautiful flowers, and from there, we walked into the farm shed full of local honey. This is also the place to buy the tickets for our wagon ride to the fields for picking. After getting our tickets, we waited by the shed for the tractor to arrive and climbed onto the wagon. During the Strawberry U-Pick season, a wagon ride is available to bring you to the strawberry field. My kids loved sitting on the hayride as we cruised in the fresh air. The half-mile ride took us from the Snyder’s Farm entrance to the strawberry fields. While we were there to pick strawberries, Snyder’s Farm has U-pick through the season. In April, U-Pick tulips are available, and in May to early June, for U-Pick Strawberries; in June and July, U-Pick blueberries are available; in August, you can pick tomatoes and sunflowers. Also, there are beautiful zinnias and the popular sunflower maze in mid-summer.

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There is so much to pick every season at Snyder’s Farm. Photo Credit: Snyder’s Farm

A season of events at Snyder’s Farm

Throughout the season, Snyder’s Farm has special events and things to do. The sunflower maze with insta-worthy moments pops up and has a Grand Opening on Sunday, August 14, from 8 AM to 3 PM. The hours after the opening weekend will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4 PM to 8 PM and weekends from 8 AM to 3 PM. Take a relaxing stroll through the sunflowers and grab some fun pics in the photo op areas along the way. The U-Pick flower and tomato field will be open for you to pick your own beautiful summer bouquets and tasty tomatoes. And their famous homemade ice cream will be available. Stop by the roadside stand to pick up some freshly picked veggies on the way home. PLEASE NOTE: On Saturday, August 13, the Sunflower maze hours are 8 AM to 2 PM, the last car is at 1 PM due to a private event, but the roadside stand will still be open. Also, Playa Bowls will be there on Saturday, and on Sunday, Playa Bowls and Sweet Concessions will be available with food options.

The Sunflower maze is $15 per person plus the cost of flowers if you wish to pick them. The activity area is included in kids’ admission, and children under 2 are free. The Jumbo jumper is an extra cost. The sunflowers are $2 each. You can pick sunflowers, but only in designated picking areas. If you wish to pick sunflowers, please let Snyder’s Farm know, and they will point out the picking area. For U-Pick flowers and tomatoes, the field entry is $3 per person, and the flowers and filler flowers are .50 each. The U- pick tomatoes are $2.00 per lb. You can bring your own flower shears or rent them for $10, the rental fee will go towards your purchase upon return, and if your purchase is less than the rental fee, it will be credited back to you.

On August 20, there will be a Food Truck Festival with food trucks offering farm-fresh goodies, a petting zoo, a kids’ zone, a corn maze, and a beer and sangria garden. In September, Snyder’s Farm hosts a Horror Movie night for adults and older kids with a corn maze, firepits, and food trucks. But the biggest event all season is the Farm Festival in October on weekends only, with pumpkin picking, hayrides, a giant slide, jumbo jumper, pumpkin blaster, food trucks, and plenty of photo op areas. Snyder’s Farm is always adding events, so check back on their events page for the most up-to-date information.

Snyder's Farm gamesRing toss and hula hoops were fun activities on the farm. 

Finding fun with games, photos, and the market

The lawn in front of Snyder’s Farmhouse was filled with ring toss games, hula hoops, and wooden horses to play hula hoop toss with. My kids couldn’t wait to try aiming for the ring toss games and laughed during their silly hula hoop dancing. There were also cool spots for taking photos, including an oversized, yellow Adirondack chair on which the kids could climb. Food and drinks are always available on U-pick weekends and during special events to have a snack or even lunch. Before we left the farm, we made sure to stop at the farmstand with local honey, honey dippers, sunflowers, and potted plants to buy. They also have homemade ice cream made fresh with the ingredients from the season (strawberry in early June, blueberry in mid-summer, and pumpkin in the fall). We couldn’t resist buying a bunch of sunflowers—they were huge, and we just had to take a bouquet home with us.

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Snyder’s Farm is full of beautiful sunflowers. Photo Credit: Snyder’s Farm

What to know before you go

Check out the U-Pick page for updates on the picking seasons. For produce, strawberry (typically late May-mid-June), blueberry (typically late June-late July), tomatoes (late July), pumpkin (during the Fall Festival in late September and October), and flower picking, depending on the season. All picking depends on weather and crop availability, so please call before you visit for any updates to their phone message at (732) 496-0441. When in season, U-Pick is open weekends only (Saturday & Sunday depending on crop availability) from 9 AM to 4 PM; during Fall Festival, weekend hours are 11 AM to 6 PM. Closed-toed shoes, light-colored clothing, sunscreen, and a hat are also recommended. Backpacks and coolers are not allowed in the picking field, and strollers with a bottom basket will be checked before leaving the picking field.

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Don’t miss Snyder’s Roadside Stand. Photo Credit: Snyder’s Farm

Snyder’s Farm roadside stand is open from July to the second week in September, stocked with Jersey fresh produce all grown on the farm, like corn, tomatoes, and melon, along with their signature jams, salsas, sauces, and local honey from hives at the farm. The roadside stand closes at 6 PM during the week and 4 PM on weekends. Credit cards are not accepted at this time, but on picking weekends and at events, there is an ATM available. Please always watch your footing on the property; Snyder’s is a working farm, so there will be uneven ground. The activity area will be open on weekends; tickets can be purchased at the little farm shed – for $3 per person. An ATM is available on weekends only. All picking depends on weather and crop availability. Please always call before you visit for any changes to our phone message.

Snyder’s Farm
586 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
(732) 496-0441

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About Author

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.