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Apple and Pumpkin Picking Close to Jersey City

Written by Kristen Haas

Apple and Pumpkin Picking in Jersey City

The end of summer is near and it’s time to plan for your favorite fall activities. We 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.   

Please make sure to call and check each farm’s website as they are subject to change depending on the weather and picking conditions. 

Demarest Farms

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. The cost is $7 per person (Age 2 and over) General Admission, which includes free parking and entrance to the apple orchard; plus $12 for a bag to hold the apples that you pick! (Apple Bag holds approximately 10-12 lbs.) Visits will be limited to your reservation time frame. Please arrive promptly at your scheduled time. They will open the reservation system on their website. 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! More information on their COVID-19 guidelines is here. 

Ripple Hill Farm

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 with many varieties of apples. This year pick-your-own apples will be open: Sundays from 12pm – 4 pm in September and October. The farm is CASH ONLY. 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.


Melick’s Town Farm

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 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.

Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton

This farm is a family favorite for us!  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 available for picking today here and always make sure to call before you go. Call the farm store at 609-924-2310 or visit Look at the Pick-Your-Own Schedule to check on availability–each season brings a slightly different timing. Pumpkin picking is available at the main location on Cold Soil Road. Pick-your-own amongst the five acres in the pumpkin patch! Check out the farm store, which carries produce, baked goods, jams, honey, donuts, and much more. They have a ton of other fun farm activities that you can enjoy when you visit.

Alstede Farms

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. First and foremost, you must pre-purchase a PYO ticket by going to their website. Each guest that enters the fields has to have a ticket with them that includes an entry. 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. 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. After you’re done picking, check out the fun farm activities! Activities include pony rides, wagon train rides, corn kingdom, corn maze, farm animals, bunny run, and more!

Minard’s Family Farm

250 Hurds Road, Clintondale, NY

Located an hour and a half away from Downtown Jersey City, Minards offers a ton of fun fall activities. They are now open for apple picking as well. The ripening schedule is approximate, depending on the growing season. Customers should call 866-632-7753 to verify which varieties are available for picking and at the farm stand. They will be open every weekend from September 12th through November 1st from 10 am till 6 pm. Every Friday is parent appreciation day from 11am till 5pm when parents can listen to music and savor a free bag of kettle corn while the kids enjoy all the activities. Your purchase of our Regular Wristband ($14.00) includes unlimited play at the bouncy pillow, sand pit, chalk bus, petting zoo, spider web, pony hop, barnyard football and baseball, tug of war, tic-tac-toe, apple checkers, pumpkin bowling, tire mountain, peddle carts, corn maze and corn hole.

Updated Sept 7th, 2021

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Kristen Haas

7 thoughts on “Apple and Pumpkin Picking Close to Jersey City”

  • We made our yearly fall trip on Sunday. It was a bit more crowded than last year, but well worth it. The food was great and so were the apples. I can’t wait to start my fall baking now!

  • We made our yearly fall trip on Sunday. It was a bit more crowded than last year, but well worth it. The food was great and so were the apples. I can’t wait to start my fall baking now!

  • We made our yearly fall trip on Sunday. It was a bit more crowded than last year, but well worth it. The food was great and so were the apples. I can’t wait to start my fall baking now!

  • We made our yearly fall trip on Sunday. It was a bit more crowded than last year, but well worth it. The food was great and so were the apples. I can’t wait to start my fall baking now!

  • We made our yearly fall trip on Sunday. It was a bit more crowded than last year, but well worth it. The food was great and so were the apples. I can’t wait to start my fall baking now!

  • We made our yearly fall trip on Sunday. It was a bit more crowded than last year, but well worth it. The food was great and so were the apples. I can’t wait to start my fall baking now!

  • We made our yearly fall trip on Sunday. It was a bit more crowded than last year, but well worth it. The food was great and so were the apples. I can’t wait to start my fall baking now!