In children’s books, Johnny Appleseed is often portrayed as a fun, historical fellow who wears a cooking pot on his head and disperses apple seeds wherever he travels. Johnny Appleseed Day, celebrated on Sept. 26 each year, celebrates his birth, life, and generosity.
John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, was a Massachusetts-born philosopher and philanthropist, who, beginning in 1802, wandered through northern and Midwestern states planting apple nurseries. His trees fed many settlers, and he was loved wherever he went.
Now the apple doesn’t fall far from the holiday. Fall brings forth a time for harvest, and apple picking is a fun fall activity that family and friends can do together
Pick-your-own apple and pumpkin farms are plentiful in New Jersey, but each offers something a bit different. Some have rides; others elaborate corn mazes.
Evergreen Farm – Asian Pears, White peaches, Korean grapes,
1023 Yardville-Allentown Road, Hamilton Township, NJ 08620. Phone: (609) 259-0029. Fax: (609) 259-0048. Asian Pears (Sept) White peaches (July) Korean grapes (August) Spring peach blossom festival.
Lee Turkey Farm – Pick Your Own: Apples, cherries, nectarines, peaches, beans, peas, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, eggplant, peppers, broccoli, pumpkins, other vegetables, flowers, hayrides, corn maze
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, NJ. Phone: (609) 448-0629.
Directions: On Hickory Corner Road, 1 mile W of Route 130.
Open: May – December ., Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm, Sun. 2 pm to 6 pm. Roadside Market: Apples, cucumbers, cabbage, fruits, vegetables. Apple Varieties: Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap. Also Available: Hay rides; walking tours; corn maze; oven-ready turkeys.
Little Acres Farm – Pick Your Own: Strawberries; plum tomatoes; eggplant; peppers
Market Lawrenceville-Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ. Phone: 609-737-6502.
Directions: Route 546 at Federal City Road.
Open: Daily, May – December ., 10 am to 6 pm. Roadside Market: Strawberries; sweet corn; tomatoes; peaches; various other fruits & vegetables; pumpkins. Also Available: Gourds; Indian corn; bedding plants; Christmas trees; Wreaths; poinsettias; WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.
Terhune Orchards – apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, flowers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. Phone: 609-924-2310. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: 9am to 5pm; check website for availability of crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
Apple picking, pumpkin picking, cider, pies, farm animals, pick your own, field trips, farm market and more can be found at the Family’s 200 fruit and vegetable-producing acres noted for quality products and country-style service. Terhune Orchards Farm Store attracts local people doing their daily shopping as well as visitors on their way through the Princeton area. The Farm Store and Farm Yard are open every day all year.
Tindall Farms – strawberries, U-pick and already picked, restrooms
1201 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550. Phone: 609-631-8086. Email: email@example.com. Open: 9am to 6pm starting May 18th; Depending on weather. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
Blossom Hill Farms – Pick Your Own: Apples; peaches; pumpkins
Eiker Road, Cranbury. Phone: (609) 799-0226. Open: July to November, Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, & Sun. 9 am to 5 pm Also Available: Cider; pies; donuts; jams; jellies; mums.
Cranbury Brook Farm – pumpkins, and prepicked produce, pony rides, farm animals – NOTE – Not really a PYO, but they have farm tours and events that might appeal
308 Federal Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831. Phone: 609-918-0351. Email: NewJerseyFarmer@aol.com. Events are usually available in July, August, September, October. Open: We are normally open from 10 – 7, but also by appointment. . Tomatoes – July 15th Raspberries – August 1st Blackberries – July 15th Misc. Veggies (cukes, zucchini, herbs) – July 1st Payment: Cash, only. We do a lot of farm tours, especially for children as we raise milking goats, horses, chickens, ducks in addition to our gardens.
Giamarese Farm – apples, nectarines, peas, peaches, pumpkins, strawberries, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs
155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Phone: 732-821-9494.
Email: GiamareseFarm@gmail.com. Open: Farm Market and pick – you – own hours vary.
Directions: Route 1 to Main Street Milltown, 3rd Traffic Light, Right onto Kulthau Avenue bear right at fork onto Fresh Ponds Road. GPS: 40.429202-74.451783. . Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
Also Available: Free hay rides on weekends in Oct.; education farm tours (September & Oct.); corn maze; Indian corn, jams; jellies; milk; bread; Christmas trees (6 varieties); baked goods; Halloween & Christmas decorations;
Habiak Farms – Pick Your Own: Pumpkins, Gourds, Jack-B-Littles, Christmas Trees
315 Deans Rhode Hall Road, South Brunswick, NJ. Phone: (732) 297-0751.
Directions: Coming from Route 1 & Route 130, South on Route 130 5.5 miles to left on Deans Rhode Hall Road, 2.8 miles; Exit 8A to Route 535 North, 2.8 miles to Deans Rhode Hall Road.
Open: Weekends in October (pumpkins); weekends in December (Christmas trees), Oct. Weekends 10 am to 5 PM, December . Weekends. 10 am to 5 PM. Also Available: Corn Stalks, Straw, Choose & Cut Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Grave Blankets
Indyks Farm – strawberries,
595 Spotswood Englishtown Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831. Phone: 732-763-0919. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday to Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: 2 miles W of Raceway Park, across from the Stone Museum Middlesex Co. Route 613. Or call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Roadside Market: Watermelon; pumpkins; cabbage; cauliflower; tomatoes; collards; turnips; mustard; kale; strawberries. Also Available: Rye Straw
Stults Farm – Pick Your Own: Strawberries; raspberries; blackberries; blueberries; peas; lima beans; peppers; cucumbers; green beans; Italian beans; tomatoes; zucchini; melons; eggplant; pumpkins; bittermelon; blackeyed peas; gourds
62 John White Road, Cranbury, NJ. Phone: (609) 799-2523. Email: email@example.com. Directions: 2 miles from center of Cranbury; Cranbury Neck Rd from S Main St. Open: June 1 – October 31, Daily, call for hours. Roadside Market: Peaches; watermelon; cantaloupe; corn; tomatoes; cucumbers; beans (green, lima, cranberry, Italian); black-eyed peas; eggplant; peppers (sweet fry, hot, bell); zucchini; yellow summer squash. Also Available: Hay rides; farm marker. Pumpkin Picking in our “Pumpkin Patch”. Hayrides through “Henry’s Halloween Forest” (Open Sat & Sun 1pm to 5pm, $3.50 each (2yrs & under free))
Earth Friendly Organic Farm – ORGANIC, Pick Your Own: Blueberries; thornless blackberries
17 Olde Noah Hunt Road, Clarksburg, NJ 08510. Phone: (609) 259-9744. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: 2 mile E of Six Flags, Take Pine Drive to Olde Noah, Make Right, 1.5 miles. Open: Late June – September, 8 am to 6 pm, call ahead . Also Available: Eggs; shaded picnic area.
Eastmont Orchards – Pick-Your-Own: Apples, peaches, pumpkins
169 County Rd E., Route 537, 1 mile E of Route 34, Colts Neck, NJ. Phone: (732) 542-5404. Email: email@example.com. Directions: Route 34 to Route 537 E; 1 mile east of Route 34. Open: end of July to October, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm; Weekend 9 am to 6 pm; call first for availability and updates. Apple Varieties: Arkansas Black, Braeburn, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Ida Red, Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Rome, Stayman/Winesap.
130 Route 34, Holmdel, NJ. Phone: (732) 946-3060. Roadside Market: Fresh-picked vegetables & fruits; strawberries; pumpkins; sweet corn; tomatoes; peppers; squash; cucumbers; pickles; eggplants; beets; kohlrabi; cabbage; lettuce; peas; beans; herbs. Also Available in October: hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, corn maze, flowers, cornstalks, straw, fall decorations; fresh-baked gourmet pies; dairy products; Honey; Jams; salad dressings; relish; bread; cookies; eggs; flowers; recipe books; gift items; WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.
Pleasant Valley Lavender – lavender, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, picnic area
288 Pleasant Valley Road, Morganville, NJ 07751. Phone: 732-740-4832. Email: PleasantValleyLavender@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday by appointment – just call first, we are usually around, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. Directions: From Garden State Parkway take exit 117 Lloyd road headed west. At intersection with route 34 a ShopRite will be on your left and a Stop and Shop will be on your right. Make left onto route 34. Go through 1 light and at next light make right onto Reids Hill Road. Go about 1/2 mile and make right onto Pleasant Valley Road. We are less than 1/4 mile on the left side. Pick your own Lavender from June through August; Peak harvest is mid-June through mid-July; Throughout the year Lavender gifts available for purchase. Payment: Cash, only.
Pleasant Valley Lavender is New Jersey’s first Lavender Farm. Come enjoy the fields. Throughout the season we have Lavender wand demonstrations, tea parties, and demonstrations for cooking with Lavender. Contact us if you are interested in wedding or sweet 16 photos in our blooming fields of Lavender.
Slope Brook Farms – Pick Your Own Pumpkins; also Hay rides
213 Heyers Mill Road, Colts Neck, NJ. Phone: (732) 462-5775 or (732) 772-1772.
Two River Winegrowers – Winegrapes
47 Center Street, Rumson, NJ 07760. Phone: 732-530-WINE. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Several varieties of wine grapes for the home wine maker will be available for harvest beginning late August through early November.
By appointment only, please call or e-mail for time and directions. Visit our web-site for selection, ripening dates or for more information. Crushing on site possible upon advanced request.
Wemrock Orchards – Pick Your Own: Strawberries, pumpkins, gourds, Mums, cornstalks, Indian corn
300 Route 33 W., Freehold, NJ. Phone: (732) 431-2668.
Directions: 1 mile w of Route 9 on Business Route 33 Across from Battleground Park. Open: Year-round, Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 5:30 pm
Roadside Market: Produce; fresh fruit. Jersey Fresh Cooks cookbook; fresh baked pies; cider; cider donuts; hay rides through the apple trees and haunted orchards; corn maze in fall; hot air balloon launches; beautiful scenery; winery & wine tasting; gift shop; fresh flowers; mums; bedding plants; Christmas wreaths & blankets; gourmet jellies; school tours; Morning on the Farm Summer Camp Tours
Westhaven Farm – Pick Your Own: Pumpkins; strawberries; corn stalks; Christmas trees
725 Route 524, Allentown, NJ. Phone: (609) 259-2186. Directions: Exit 11on I-195. Hay rides available in fall for families & schools; farm animals; corn maze.