Apple and Pumpkin Picking in Jersey City
The kids are back in school and it’s time to plan for your favorite fall activities. I have too many to list, but two that are probably near the top of everyone’s list are apple and pumpkin picking. Just because we live in a city, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this rural treat! Here’s a list of apple and pumpkin picking farms located within driving distance of downtown Jersey City.
244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
This farm is the closest to downtown Jersey City on this list. It’s located in Bergen County about a 35 minute drive from downtown. Offering more than 14 varieties of pick-your-own apples, Demarest is open Monday – Friday from 3 – 4:30pm and weekends from 10am – 4:30pm. The cost of admission is $5/person and includes hayride, corn maze and a visit with the farm animals. Plus, $9 for a bag to hold all the apples you can pick. They offer the same deal for pumpkin picking. Their farm store boasts fresh produce, baked goods, apple cider donuts made daily, the famous made-from-scratch salad bar, rotisserie chickens and much more. Be sure to visit the seasonal garden center for all your fall decoration needs!
181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge
Ripple Hill is located just off of Route 78, about a 40 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. If you don’t want to travel far, this is your best option. They offer pick-your-own apples on Sundays through October. Pumpkins become available in October and they have them available at the farm stand for purchase. Check out their Facebook page for up to date picking information and availability. Hours are generally Sundays from noon – 4pm, but call before you go to confirm.
170 Oldwick Road, Whitehouse Station
This farm is just a bit further down Route 78 than Ripple Hill Farm. It’s about a 45 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. Melick’s also has two other locations in Califon and Bridgewater (a bit further from us). This well-known farm offers pick-your-own apples including Empire, Macoun and Cortland varieties. They offer free tractor wagon rides on the weekends. Be sure to check out their Cider Mill for awesome fresh apple cider. You can pick-your-own pumpkins at their Califon location, but they offer a large selection of pumpkins at all of their farm locations. The farm market also has seasonal fruit and vegetables, plants, jams, baked goods, fall decorations and a variety of country store favorites. The Oldwick location is open 7 days a week April through December from 9am – 6pm. The Cider Mill is nearby at 19 King Street in Oldwick.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
This farm is a family favorite for us! We make a trip out here every year for apple and pumpkin picking and to enjoy their Fall Family Fun Weekends. The drive is about an hour and 15 minutes from downtown Jersey City. Terhune is open year-round and offers many pick-your-own options. Apples are particularly good here and can be found around the corner on Van Kirk Road. You can see what’s picking today here and always make sure to call before you go, just in case things are getting picked out. Pumpkin picking is available at the main location on Cold Soil Road. Pick-your-own amongst the five acres in the pumpkin patch! Weekends through November 2, enjoy Fall Family Fun from 10am – 5pm. Enjoy live music, pony rides, the Adventure Barn, tractor drawn wagon rides, a hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, farm animals and so much more! Don’t forget to grab some of the delicious fall food including BBQ chicken, pork sandwiches, homemade salads, cider donuts and much more. Check out the farm store, which carries produce, baked goods, jams, honey, donuts and much more. There is even a winery on site. The farm store, pumpkin display and the winery are always open and available, but to enter the festival area it is $5/person (children under 3 are free).
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
This popular farm offers many activities for families looking for a day of fall fun and it’s just under an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City. Pick-your-own is available everyday from 9am – 6pm at Alstede Farms. They offer everything from free use of pull wagons to transport your harvest from the fields to a free scenic hayride shuttle to the picking fields and orchards. Pick-you-own admission is $5/person (children under 2 are free) and that includes a $2 coupon toward your purchase and free hayrides to the picking areas. They offer mid-week specials on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am – 1pm where admission is free! Click here for apple varieties and availability, but remember to call before you go to confirm. You can pick more than just apples and pumpkins at this farm. Currently, you can pick tomatoes, flowers, eggplant, peppers, string beans and more. After you’re done picking, check out Fall Family Fun Days. Activities include pony rides, moon bounce, wagon train rides, corn kingdom, corn maze, farm animals, bunny run and more! Plus, on weekends enjoy live Bluegrass music with your pick-your-own admission. Some activities cost extra, so click here for ticket information and activity passes. Take a look at their calendar of events for dates and more information.