Where to Go Apple Picking in New Jersey

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 8:00am

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It’s apple picking season! You can pick your own at one of these New Jersey farms (including one in New York) 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 is a 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: Weekends 10 am to 4:30 / Monday-Friday 3 – 4:30 pm.
Cost: $5 per person for hayride and $9 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: $5 per person admission price includes a $3 coupon towards purchasean free farm hayrides to the picking areas. Apples are $1.99 per lb.

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-2310
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Celebrate Apple Day on September 14 & 15.

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: Admission is $4 adults / $1 chidren

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: Apples are priced by the pound.

From the Farmers’ Market:  “A” is for Apples and All ou Can Do With ThemRipple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Road
Basking Ridge, NJ
(908) 647-1300
Hours: Sundays from 12 pm – 4 pm
Cost: Contact  for current pricing.

Tree Licious Orchards
Karrville Road
Port Murray, NJ
(908) 689-2906
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm
Cost: Contact for current pricing.
Apple Festival on September 23 from 10 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
Cost: free hayride, pay for apples by pound.

Race Farm
87 Belcher Road
Blairstown, NJ
(908) 362-8151
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: Call for details
Fun Family Day event on September 28 from 1-5:  live music, bbq, hayrides into the orchard, corn on the cob eating contest, and more!

Maskers Orchard,
45 Ball Road
Warwick, NY
(845) 986-1058
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: $25.95 per 1/2 bushel bag ( approximately 20-22 lbs.)

Caramelized Apple MuffinsHow 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 and try out these delicious Caramelized Apple Muffins.

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