If you are looking for a fun and active way to get the whole family outside in the summer sun, give strawberry picking a try! There are plenty of strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ, so you have no shortage of options. Not only will the kids have fun searching for strawberries in the fields, but they get to learn a bit about where their delicious food comes from, the importance of farming, and they will be much more excited to eat their fruit for the day.
Another advantage to picking your own strawberries is you can come back home and make pies, jams, or cakes with your freshly picked berries. You can get your kids in the kitchen with you and use the berries as another fun summer cooking activity. We think it is fantastic when you can take one family experience and turn it into multiple activities to spend even more time together.
Below are some strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ. Each farm listed below is about an hour or less away so you don’t have to trek too far from home. So grab your basket, pack the kids in the car, and let’s go pick some strawberries!
About 55 minutes away from Jersey City, this pick your own strawberry farm allows you to pick daily from 9 am to 6 pm with no closed days. Admission is either free or reasonably priced on the weekends and weekdays for around $6.99 per person. They also offer hayrides and live entertainment for before and/or you head out to pick your berries. Although you may not want to pay an admissions fee, it gets you a bit more than just picking the berries and may be worth the cost for the total experience this farm offers!
Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
Also about an hour away, this strawberry-picking farm has pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries too! There is a little something for everyone at this berry picking farm. This is a great option for larger families because there are no entry fees and prices for berries are calculated by the pound, although for exact pricing you must call their business phone number. Donaldson Farm is definitely one of the best strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ. It’s best to call ahead for current crop conditions before you plan your visit.
Location: 358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown
Giamarese Farm and Orchards
A breezy 45-minute drive away from Jersey City, this family owned and operated strawberry farm is open every day 10 am to 6pm, except for Mondays. They have a few different strawberry varieties, which include: Cabot, Chandler, Daroyal, Darselect, Mayflower, Rutgers Scarlet, Sunset, and Wendy, which makes it really fun for the family to taste test each variety of strawberry to compare and decide which kinds are liked best.
Location: 155 Fresh Pond Rd., East Brunswick
Lee Turkey Farm
Lee Turkey Farm is much more than just a place to get your farm fresh turkeys. They also have pick-your-own fruits and veggies, which include delicious and juicy strawberries. Their hours are 9:00am til 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday and on Sundays they will be open from 2:00 pm til 6:00 pm. Before entering their fields and orchards though, you must be a member of the Lee Turkey Farm Pick Your Own Club which is $2 for the entire family for the entire year. Before you go picking, they also charge a $5 picking deposit per adult which goes towards your purchase.
Location: 201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor
Melick’s Town Farm
East of Jersey City and a great strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ, Melick’s Town Farm offers some of the best strawberry picking in New Jersey. There is no entry fee and you pay by the pound. This family-owned farm has been operating for 300 years, so they know a thing or two about growing some delicious fruits and veggies. Their barriers certainly won’t disappoint.
Location: 170 Oldwick Rd., Oldwick
Peterson Farm is now offering pick-your-own strawberries. They offer affordable picking prices at only $2.90 per pound, so you can let the kids load their baskets full of these juicy berries. They only take cash or check, so make sure you have before you head out to this farm with the family. They are open Friday thru Sunday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
Location: 438 Quakertown Rd., Flemington
On Saturdays and Sundays in June, you can stop by at Wightman Farms to pick your own strawberries. According to their website, in order “to Pick Your Own at the farm you need to join our PYO Club! Membership is $15 for a family of up to 5 people and it is valid from June with strawberries to apples in October. The membership comes with two reusable bags, coupons for the farm, and water bottles.” Although they may require a membership, you get some fun goodies to take with you and you can come back in the fall to pick your own delicious apples.