Fall is Here! Where to Go Apple Picking in New Jersey

It’s apple season! Whether you like pies, cider, donuts, the simple thrill of picking the forbidden fruit, or all of the above, autumn is the perfect time of year to get out into the orchard and enjoy.

From taking a hayride to strolling the gorgeous grounds, there’s plenty to see and do when you visit these Garden State farms, home to some of the tastiest apples in New Jersey.

Wightman’s Farms – Morristown

Since 1922, this Morristown-based farm offers hayrides, pick-your-own apples and a farm store where you can purchase fruit and potpies and plenty more. Check the website for hours and activities.

Sun High Orchards – Randolph

Visit friendly farm animals or sample homemade ice cream while picking your own apples. Have a fall birthday? Celebrate with a party in the orchard. Check the website for additional details.

Alstede Farms – Chester 

This sprawling farm is a popular spot for families as it features festivals and events throughout the season, including the Harvest Moon Hayride and Nighttime Corn Maze on weekends. Don’t miss the upcoming pie-tasting event Nov. 9, when visitors have a chance to sample over 30 varieties of pies. Yum! Visit the website for more information. 

Alstede Farms

Stony Hill Farms – Chester

Visit the market where you can purchase seasonal decor as well as baked goods and gifts. Apple picking season is underway with pumpkin picking soon to follow. Check the website for additional details.

Terhune Orchards – Princeton

For over 40 seasons, Terhune Orchards has held festivals to celebrate its abundant apple harvest. Visit on weekends through the end of October to experience the joy of fall on the farm for Apple Days Harvest Festivals, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Open year-round, visitors enjoy picking up vegetables, homemade baked goods, local gourmet goodies, jams, and local honey. Don’t miss the apple cider and apple cider donuts. Visit the winery tasting room open Friday – Sunday to taste award-winning wines. Visit the website for more information.

Race Farm – Blairstown

Over 70 years old, Race Farm is family-owned and operated by fourth generation quality growers. There’s never any admission fee and free hayrides are available on weekends in the fall. Guests are also welcome to pack a picnic and relax in the scenic picnic area.Check the website for additional details.

Battleview Orchards – Freehold

Battleview Orchards, a family owned and operated farm, invites the public to “Pick Your Own” New Jersey Strawberries, Sour Cherries, New Jersey Peaches, Nectarines, New Jersey Apples, and Pumpkins. Check the calendar for “Pick Your Own” dates and times.

Donaldson Farms – Hackettstown

Donaldson farm features hundreds of acres of fresh fruits and vegetables, pumpkin picking, berry picking, apple picking, farm education, group tours, private tours, birthday parties, corporate events, and fun for the whole family. Seasonal attractions include: a corn maze, farm animals, pick-your-own fields, hayrides, pony rides, and more. Visit the website for more information.

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