Farms near Jersey City
Although there are a ton of great things to do in Jersey City, when summer rolls around, sometimes you just have to get out of the hot city. Remember, New Jersey isn’t called the “Garden State” for nothing. There are plenty of farms with wonderful activities for kids of all ages…and some are even close to Jersey City! Here are some great farms within about an hour or less driving distance. Just remember to call these farms before you plan your trip to see what’s in season and ripe for the picking!
Our personal family favorite is Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ. The farm takes about an hour to get to from Jersey City. Terhune offers activities, festivals and farm fun all year long. We go every year in the Fall to pick pumpkins and apples. Even when there isn’t an official event, the farm has a lot to offer. There’s always fresh produce, baked goods and even a winery on site. The farm store boasts a bountiful array of Jersey Fresh items straight from the farm and other local vendors. Don’t miss their Sweet Apple Cider (or the cider donuts)! For kids there are barnyard animals (sheep, goats, ducks, etc.), stationary tractors, a farm trail and much more. If you like to pick-your-own, this is a great place to do that all year long. Click here for a schedule of what you can pick and when. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ, 609-924-2310.
Another one of my favorites is Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ. It should take you just under an hour to get there by car. Alstede offers so many wonderful things. From their farm store, pick-your-own fruits/veggies/flowers to their summer camps to their delicious baked goods — this farm has it all! Their farm store is extensive, featuring items like Alstede’s homemade ice cream (yum), certified organic produce, fresh local milk and eggs, home baked pies and quiche and so much more! They offer pick-your-own daily (Mon-thursday) from 12pm – 6pm for $5/person (free hayrides are included). Right now, you can still pick strawberries! Check this schedule to see what you can pick and when. Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday come for Farm Family Fun days with activities including pony rides, moonbounce, corn kingdom and more. Alstede Farms, 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ, 908-879-7189.
Demarest Farms is in nearby Hillsdale, NJ, which is under an hour from Jersey City. They tout themselves as “Bergen County’s capital of pick-your-own peaches, apples and pumpkins” and our in their 128th season. The farm offers many things to pique your interest, including their Country Bakery, ice cream shoppe, home grown fruits and veggies, a variety of local dairy and cheeses and their infamous made-from-scratch salad bar. Click here to see what’s in season at Demarest. Come on weekends to enjoy farm activities like hay rides. Saturdays and Sundays, from 10AM to 3:00PM.
Cost: $5 per person General Admission, which includes a hay wagon ride; plus $9 for a bag to hold the peaches that you pick!
Peach Picking will begin on or around July 23, 2016. Call for details.
- Demarest Farms, 244 Werimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ, 201-666-0472.
You may recognize the name Ort Farms if you frequent Jersey City Farmer’s Markets, as they are a vendor at many of them. Why not drive out to see where it all comes from? The farm is located in Long Valley and takes about an hour to drive from here. They offer farm-fresh fruits and veggies including corn and tomatoes and fresh flowers, too. They even offer a CSA, so you can buy a share and get in on some really great local produce for your family. Check out this page to see what’s in season during the summer months at Ort. Delicious baked goods like pies, loaf cakes and cider donuts are available. It’s a great place to bring a picnic and take a daytrip with the family. There’s plenty of room to run around — kids can climb on the hay pyramid, take a look at the farm animals and even get involved in Storytime Down on the Farm (Wednesday mornings), where kid will enjoy a story, snack and craft for $4/child (Preregister calling 908-876-3351).
ONLY IN NOVEMBER: Don’t forget to stop in the Country Corner Market and pick up some local honey, jams, jellies, fresh bread, baked goods, dairy products, plants and much more! The store is open from 9am – 7pm and 9am – 6pm on Sundays. Ort Farms, 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ, 908-876-3351.
Sussex County Strawberry Farm is located in Newton, NJ and will take about an hour to drive to. This fun farm specializes in strawberry picking, but offers much more. Click here for some good-to-know strawberry facts and tips. In late August, raspberry picking season begins! They also offer pumpkin picking in the Fall. The farm’s extensive garden center offers a wide-variety of flowers, vegetables, herbs and much more! They have many things to satisfy your gardening needs, as well. Another perk is the outdoor wood furniture and picnic tables that the farm has for sale. There’s so much to do on the farm! Click here for some strawberry inspired recipes. Sussex County Strawberry Farm, Highway 206, Andover, NJ, 973-579-5055. (973) 579-5055