Summer Things to do

Blueberry Picking Around Jersey City

Written by Kayla Costanzo

If you are looking for a fun and active way to get outside, blueberry picking can be the perfect way to go! There is a ton of blueberry picking and fruit picking around Jersey City. Kids love getting their hands dirty and feeling accomplished after doing something productive. Not only that, but they get to learn a bit about where fruit comes from, how fruit grows, and they will be much more excited to eat their fruits…and maybe even veggies too. Another advantage of picking your own fresh blueberries is you can come back home and make pies, tarts, or muffins with your freshly picked berries. The kids will be so excited to use their hard-earned blueberries in a baked treat when they get home.

Below are some of the best blueberry picking farms around Jersey City. 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 fresh and juicy blueberries!

Please call or check each farm’s website before visiting as timings and weather conditions can change hours and picking. 

Terhune Orchards(Open)

This is a 225-acre family-owned and operated farm. They have blueberry picking in the summertime where you will find some of the best berries around. After you and the kids are finished picking some awesome berries, you can also check out the farm’s adorable animals. They have sheep, goats, ducks, horses, and much more! You can also check out their tractors.

Location: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ

Alstede Farms(Open)

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 $8.99 on weekends and holidays 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

Johnson’s Corner Farm(Open)

You can pick your own blueberries at Johnson’s Corner Farm from June to July. They offer some great blueberry picking around Jersey City and it is not too far of a drive as well. For a minimal fee, you can also access their barnyard filled with animals and also take a super fun hayride with the kids. You have to make sure you make reservations. Their schedule for blueberry picking is:

Monday – Friday 10 to 1
Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4
Friday evenings From 5-7

Location: 133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ

Kelder’s Farm & U-Pick(Open July 1st)

Blueberries are a new addition to the Kelder Farm and it does not disappoint. They also have other berries to pick as well and different fruits and veggies if you are interested in that too. The best time to pick blueberries at Kelder Farm is from July to September. When you are all tired out from picking blueberries, you can play mini-golf, check out one of the biggest gnomes in the USA, and pet some adorable farm animals at their petting farm. All of these kid-friendly features make them one of the best blueberry picking farms around Jersey City. Reserve your spot today here. 

Location: 5755 Rt. 209, Kerhonkson, NY

Lewin Farms(Open)

This pick your own berry farm offers blueberries June through mid-August, along with other products like peaches, corn, peppers, and so much more. They even sell amazing Christmas trees during the winter months. You can truly make Lewin Farms a year-round trip with the whole family. The farm is 110 acres and is easily one of the most beautiful farms you can travel to do blueberry picking around Jersey City. U-Pick fields generally open from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Also, their U-Pick Fields are cash only but make sure to call before about availability.

Location: 812 Sound Ave, Wading River, NY

Ochs Orchard(Open)

Ochs Orchard is a great destination to pick blueberries around Jersey City. Their berry picking season starts in June and they have plenty of berries to pick throughout the rest of the summer. Of course, they have other attractions on the farm as well. They have farm animals to meet and pet, a gorgeous view of the valley below, and you can even pack a picnic lunch to eat with the family. MAKE SURE to call before as they have limited hours this year.
Location: Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY

Greig Farm(Open)

A pick your own farm that has been in business for more than 60 years, they sure know a little bit about farming some delicious blueberries. You can definitely expect some of the sweetest and juiciest berries from Greif Farm. The farm also has some super special pigmy goats – they are very small and awesome for the kids! Their picking season starts early July to mid-August. They will be open from 8am-8pm every day but make sure to call before.

Location: 223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY

Patty’s Berries and Bunches(Open)

Patty’s has a great blueberry patch for picking your own blueberries. It’s a smaller farm and shop that truly feels like you are picking berries and grandma’s house. If you are a bit short on time or want to extra blueberries on the way out, they also have pre-packaged blueberries straight from their patch as well. And that best part? They make their own sinful ice cream made with fruits right from their farm! Make sure to check their website and call before you visit.

Location: 410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY

Mead Orchards(Open)

This fruit and veggies farm has over 180 acres. You can pick your own blueberries on the weekends, so make sure you plan your trip on a Saturday or Sunday. They also require reservations. Blueberries are available to pick from June to around the middle of August. When blueberries at the farm run out, be sure to make a trip in the fall when they have an abundance of apple and pumpkins.

Location: 7 Scism Rd, Tivoli, NY

Updated June 29th, 2021

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Kayla Costanzo