Fall is for apple picking. Young and old, couples and kids alike, everyone loves the quintessential stroll through an orchard, searching for the most perfect speckled fruit. There’s nothing better than the smell of cool autumn air graced with sweet apple aromas swirl as you zigzag from tree to tree. Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, and Granny Smith are all varieties grown in New Jersey. Read on to find an apple-picking spot near you!
Sure, farm markets and grocery stores are always stocked with apples, but nothing beats getting out there for a rural adventure in an orchard! Apple season in the Garden State begins in August and runs through October. Galas and Honeycrisp are ready in late summer, while Granny Smith and Fujis grow well into fall.
Where do you go to pick your own apples?
Many of the following farms have tons of activities, bakeries, and markets on site for a fun-filled day on the farm. A recent visit to Hill Creek Farms led to patches of veggies open for u-pick, as well as a hayride, playground, and farm-to-table restaurant with tasty menu items made with farm-fresh ingredients. It doesn’t get much better than that!
South Jersey Orchards for Apple Picking:
Central Jersey Orchards for Apple Picking:
- Hillview Farms, Gillette
- Terhune Orchards, Princeton
- Johnson’s Corner Farm, Medford
- Alstede Farms, Chester
- Battleview Orchards, Freehold
North Jersey Orchards for Apple Picking:
- Sunhigh Orchards, Randolph
- Wightman Farms, Morristown
- Demarest Farms, Hillsdale
- Windy Brow Farms, Fredon Township
- Mackey’s Orchard, Belvidere
- Pochuck Valley Farm, Vernon
How do you pick the perfect apple?
First, hop on a hayride out to the orchard. Next, listen to your guide for which apples are in season. Look for fruit that is firm and free of blemishes and bruises. Fill up your bucket, and head back to the market for your fill of apple cider donuts and sweet pressed cider. Finally, take your apples home and make something delicious, like this Instant Pot Apple Cider Applesauce from The In Season Kitchen!
We hope you enjoyed this guide to Jersey’s apple picking! Happy Fall!