Go Berry Picking in New Jersey

BY  |  Monday, May 19, 2014 9:00am

Pick Your Own Strawberries

It’s the season to pick your own strawberries and other berries! Strawberry picking begins in late May/early June and lasts till the end of June or early July. Blueberries are available mid-June and raspberries are available starting in August. Instead of buying your berries in a plastic container, take a day trip to a farm that lets you pick your own. Of course you can get delicious berries at your local farmer’s market too, but picking them is a family event.

Beside juicy berries, these farms offer a variety of family activities. Playgrounds, pony rides, picnic tables, and wagon rides are some of the things you will find to make the kids happy.

Here is a list of pick-your-own farms:

Sussex County Strawberry Farm
Highway 206
Andover, NJ, 07860
(973) 579-5055
Strawberries and raspberries are available.

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 924-2310
Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, blackberries and raspberries are available now.
Blueberry Bash on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 from 10 am – 5 pm.

Alstede Farms
84 County Route 513 (old route 24)
Chester, NJ, 07930
Alstede Farms cultivates over 600 acres of land in Chester using sustainable and certified organic farming methods. Strawberries, blueberries, currants, raspberries and blackberries are available.

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Emery’s Organic Blueberry Farm
346 Long Swamp Road
New Egypt, NJ, 08533
Not strawberries, but you can pick great organic blueberries available mid-June – July.

Stults Farm
Cranbury Neck Road
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are available.

Farm’s View 
945 Black Oak Ridge Road
Wayne, NJ
Strawberries from mid-to-late May through June

Donaldson Farms
358 Allen Rd.
Hackettstown, NJ
Strawberry picking and great activities.
Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 7 from 12 pm – 4 pm.

Wightman’s Farm
1111 Mount Kemble Road
Morristown, NJ, 07960
Mid to late May for strawberries.

Stony Hill Gardens
8 State Route 24
Chester, NJ, 07930
Late May – June for strawberries.


strawberry pickingIf you really love strawberries and want to make a day trip of it, the West Cape May Strawberry Festival is held every year on the first Saturday of June in Wilbraham Park—June 7 this year. Featuring Jersey fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, seafood, kettle corn, fresh produce, fresh barbecued meats, and more, it’s a great event.  Many vendors featuring antiques, arts & crafts, handmade jewelry, and art. Live entertainment. Festivities begin at 9 am – 5 pm Free parking & admission. Call 609-884-9325 for information. Rain date June 8.

The Alstede Farms Strawberry Harvest Festival in Chester, NJ happens on June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22 this year. Enjoy a scenic farm hayride to a large strawberry patch and pick your own strawberries. Enjoy homemade strawberry treats and take part in lots of family activities, such as pony rides, bouncy houses, giant hay pyramid and more.

How do you like your berries? In a pie, muffin, compote, buckle,  in pink lemonade  or with just a dollop of whipped cream? Tell us your favorite berry recipe in comments.


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