Apple Picking Season is Here!

It’s apple picking season! You can pick your own at one of these farms and do much more than get apples. These farms offer hayrides, corn mazes, activities and shops that have melt in your mouth treats. Here are some tips from Pick Your Own, a website with all the information you need to play farmer:

Select firm, bruise-free apples. The color can be anything from dark green, to yellow, pink, orange, bright red, dark red or even a combination. It all depends on the variety. And color is not really how you tell when an apple is ripe. Apples should be crisp and firm.
Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don’t pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don’t shake the trees or branches. If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They’re perfectly fine!

Here’s our list of places to take the family apple picking. If your favorite is not on this list, please share it with us and we’ll add it. :

Demerest Farms
244 Wierimus Road
Hillsdale, NJ, 07642.
(201) 666-0472
Hours: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $5 per person for hayride and $7 per bag of apples. Kids under 2 get a free hayride.

Alstede Farms
84 County Route 513 (old route 24)
Chester, NJ, 07930
(908) 879-7189
Hours: 9 am – 7 pm
Cost: Apples are $1.89 per pound

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-2310
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Celebrate Apple Day on September 17 & 18.

Wightman’s Farm
1111 Mount Kemble Road
Morristown, NJ, 07960
(973) 425-0840
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: Apple picking membership per family is required.

Sun High Orchard
19 Canfield Avenue
Randolph, NJ, 07869
(973) 584-4734
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Cost: Call for pricing and availability

Battleview Orchards
91 Wemrock Road
Freehold, NJ
(732) 462-0756
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Cost: Apple picking membership per family is required, but is only $1.

Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road
Chester, NJ
(908) 879-5353
Hours: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: Call for prices.

Maskers Orchard
45 Ball Road
Warwick, NY
(845) 986-1058
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $24.95 per 1/2 bushel bag ( apporximately 20lbs.)

Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
(908) 647-1300
Hours: Sundays from 12 pm – 4 pm

Tree Licious Orchards
Karrville Road
Port Murray, NJ
(908) 689-2906
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm

Melick’s Town Farm
170 Oldwick Road
Oldwick, NJ 08858
Pick Your Own Apples at both the Califon Orchards and at the Cider Mill and Orchard location in Oldwick.
Hours:  9 am – 6 pm

How do you like your apples? In a pie, cake, smashed into a sauce or just straight off a tree? Tell us your favorite apple recipe.

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  1. Everyone forgets to mention Melicks – great place. Low key, great selection of apples and no a circus. The Oldwick orchards are a straight shot out on 78.

  2. The fruit aisle at A&P is also a great place to pick your own. There’s also Kings, Shop Rite and Whole Foods. Or try this site!

    I have to go. Those nice men in the white jackets want to take me for a ride in their van again.

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