Strawberry Picking Farms Around Jersey City, NJ

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries

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!

Alstede Farms

http://www.alstedefarms.com

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

Donaldson Farm

strawberry picking farms around Jersey Cityhttp://www.donaldsonfarms.net

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

Location: 358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown

Giamarese Farm and Orchards

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A breezy 45-minute drive away from Jersey City, this family owned and operated strawberry farm is open every day, 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

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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. Strawberries are only available to pick during the month of June, so make sure you get there this month to take full advantage of their fresh berries.

Location: 201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor

Melick’s Town Farm

http://www.melickstownfarm.comstrawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ

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

http://www.petersonfarm.netstrawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ

Just opening June 2nd for the season, Peterson Farm is now offering pick-your-own strawberries. They offer affordable picking prices at only $2.50 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.

Location: 438 Quakertown Rd., Flemington

Wightman Farms

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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! A 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. With so many fun options, Wightman Farms makes it to the list of best strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ!

strawberry picking farms around Jersey City

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

 

An Interview with Jean-François, Center Director, The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ is located in downtown Jersey City and walking distance from Grove Street Path Station. The French American Academy opened in the former St Mary High School. Their charming 3-story building, offers 30 classrooms with bright light, warm colors and ample space. We were warmly greeted by their faculty and students. A special thank you to their center director, Jean-François, for giving us his time.

When did The French American Academy of Jersey City open it’s doors:

This school is part of a group of schools called the French American Academy founded 10 years ago. The French American Academy first opened three Pre-K classes in September 2007 in Dumont, NJ. The school has grown ever since.

We moved to a bigger campus in New Milford in Bergen County in July 2010 and shortly after  opened a second campus in Morris Plains in Morris County in September 2010. The Jersey City campus opened its doors in 2012.

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

What kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:

The French American Academy of Jersey City is a private bilingual school. We offer an early-start, gradual immersion, dual language (French and English) education to students from Pre-K2 through 4th grade. From Sep 2017, we are expanding to 5th grade.

In Sep 2018 we will open the Middle school in Jersey City with 6th, 7th and 8th grades with French, American & Spanish tracks. We will be accepting students from various international backgrounds and communities.


There is more emphasis on the French language in the early years (Pre-K-Kindergarten) to set up the foundations. From 1st grade, instruction in English gradually increases and by 5th grade children are spending about 60% in French and 40% in English.

Bilingualism is at the core of our curriculum and in some classes like in science, students are taught in both languages with both an American and a French teacher present in the classrooms. It’s a demanding bilingual curriculum with an emphasis on projects and investigation. In our community, we welcome children from families whether these families speak French at home, or English or another language.

Our school is accredited by both, Middle School Association on College and Schools, and the National French Ministry of Education, and is a member of New Jersey Association of Independent School.

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school: 
5:1 in Pre-K (the legal requirement is 6:1)
8:1 in Pre-K for three year old (the legal requirement is 10:1)
10:1 in Pre-K for four year old (the legal requirement is 12:1)
12:1 in Kindergarten (the legal requirement is 15:1)
16:1 in First Grade (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)
18:1 in Second Grade and up (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ school day runs from 8.30am -3.15pm. Before-school-care opens at 7:30am.
After-school-care starts at 3.15pm and ends at 6:30pm.
A bus from Bus4us company brings the students from Weehawken / Hoboken to Jersey City in the morning and take them back in the afternoon.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

In Jersey City we partner with Simply Gourmet. You can easily order your child’s lunch online with them or send your child with a lunch box. Their meals are nutritious, delicious, and kid friendly. Our other campuses have their own catering company. We have this planned for Jersey City too in the future.

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

Enrichment classes typically run from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Offerings may include:
Art, Sports (Soccer, Tennis and Team Games), Hip-Hop, Music (Guitar and Piano private lessons), Chess, Cooking, Woodworking, Programming
Our Enrichment Program offers every day at least two different classes: one for older children and one for younger children.

Students also enjoy a huge inhouse  gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

The French American Academy, Jersey City’s Summer Camp program runs for 8 weeks (end June – mid August)

We also offer mini camps in February and over Spring break.

What would you like to say to our families:

Everyone is welcomein The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ! We also have Financial Aid budgets for qualifying families.
The French American Academy is a school of excellence and we hope you will give this gift to your child.

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

All about Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

An Interview with Joanne Johnson, Director of the new and growing Kiddie Academy, Educational Child Care in Hamilton Park, NJ

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

 

 

 

 

When did Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park open its doors:

Our Hamilton Park location opened in July of 2016.  It has been a wonderful experience for us so far! The community has been so warm and welcoming. We love seeing our neighbors, and try to participate in as many community events as possible. It’s great to see our families out at the community events too. The majority of our families live right here in Hamilton Park! In NJ we have 4 sister sites including us; Hoboken, Hamilton Park, Florham Park and Secaucus. All of our centers are committed to providing exceptional experiences for our students and their families. While Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park may be a brand new facility, the company is grounded in roots stemming back 36 years, making us Downtown Jersey City’s newest childcare, with the oldest roots!

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

How many classrooms do you have here:

We have 10 classrooms and also have an indoor gymnasium.

What are the age groups of children enrolled:

We have a broad age range. We start with children as young as six weeks of age and go through Kindergarten for full time care. We also accommodate children up to the age of twelve. The older children come for winter breaks, spring breaks, before & after care and summer camp.  To secure a space, families may enroll for any age group as far as two years in advance. We do not require an application. Families can simply call in and learn about availability free of charge. We strive to make our operations as convenient as possible for our families.

What is your teacher/child ratio in your classrooms:

Our ratios vary based on the specific age group. We follow all NJ state regulations.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We have a commercial kitchen at our facility.  We provide, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & low fat and whole milk (certified organic). Meals are prepared fresh daily using all natural, organic ingredients. For our student’s safety, the school is nut free. In the event of a student allergy and/or preference, our catering company will create meals for the child that meet their dietary restrictions.

Do you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our operating hours are from 7am through 6.30pm. Families enjoy the benefit of being able to bring their children here anytime during those hours without incurring additional charges. This is a tremendous advantage for working families that can at times have unreliable schedules or face commuting delays. By offering unrestricted schedules throughout our operating hours, we have enabled our families to use our services without fear of unnecessary late fees and avoid commuting stress.

What kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our curriculum called is called Life Essentials and is based on the 4 Pillars of Learning. Those pillars are: Technology, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Character Education and Health & Fitness. The curriculum is written and developed at our corporate headquarters in Maryland and is overseen by our Curriculum Advisory Board. Board members, Dr.Rivkin, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Rogowsky and Dr. Watson-Thompson work collaboratively to evaluate and refresh our curriculum. Refreshed curriculums are piloted for a year at a corporately owned school prior to being rolled out to our centers. This ensures that it is as finely tuned as possible by the time it comes to us.

Each teacher is able to enhance the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of their current students. Having this flexibility enables us to provide an experience that is tailored to our current student body.  Additionally, children from 6 weeks – 2 years of age receive an individualized lesson plan that is unique to them. To ensure that we are continuing to develop plans that meet our students needs and support their learning, our faculty complete developmental checklists and compile student portfolios for each child. We offer live streaming webcams in all classrooms, so parents can log in and watch as their child learns and explores! Also included are electronic daily student reports so parents are always aware of what happened during their child’s day.

What extracurricular activities do you offer:

We incorporate Spanish and American Sign Language into our curriculum. Additionally, we enhance our curriculum with a Music program called Kindermusik. Our older students also enjoy the benefits of having technology in their classrooms. Whether it’s a smart table, computer, or touch screen smart board, we teach our students how to interact with technology in a purposeful way that will support their understanding and engagement with these tools.

Do you offer a Summer Camp program:

Absolutely! All existing students are automatically enrolled in our Summer Camp. Children from the community can also enroll in the camp program. Summer camp is broken down by age group and is geared towards students 2 years through 12 years of age. Campers will experience a summer like no other! Campers enjoy field trips, camp activities and splash days! We are thrilled to launch our brand new Biological Sciences Experience this summer! Campers will have an opportunity to learn about, handle and interact with real specimens brought right to their classroom. Sharks, stingray, turtle, starfish, insects and reptiles are all of the list to be explored this summer at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park! Enrollment is open to the community right now and will end once all spots have been filled. We urge interested families to enroll as soon as possible as space is limited.

What would you like to say to our families:

We are thrilled to be part of the community and invite you in to learn more about the services we offer. At Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, we are a community within a community! Many of our families have developed bonds and friendships through the school which has intern enhanced their experience living in Hamilton Park.  Our multicultural school population offers students a richly diverse learning experience that exposes them to a world beyond downtown. Our State of the Art Facility has been designed to optimally meet the needs of our student body. Our learning environment, makes the school an idyllic place for students to learn and families to come together. Our award winning faculty is at the heart of everything we do! They are among the top talent of early childhood educators in our area. We simply cannot say enough about them!  Additionally, a member of our leadership team is always on site to ensure the appropriate operations of the school and that our families always have a supervisor available to them.

We invite you to come learn more about the services we offer through a personal tour of the facility. For your convenience, tours are offered M-F 7am-6:30pm. We look forward to showing you our difference!

Check out the website: https://kiddieacademy.com

Call to schedule a tour : 201-241-4443