11 Places to Go {Apple & Pumpkin Picking} Near JC

11 Places to Go {Apple & Pumpkin Picking} Near JC

Posted in Entertainment on September 25, 2018

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It's officially fall! It doesn't quite feel like it yet, but soon we'll be overloaded with pumpkin spice everything, ginger cookies, hot toddies, and cozy sweaters. For those of you who want to venture outside while the weather's crisp and beautiful, why not go apple and pumpkin picking! Here's a list of places near Jersey City that you can visit for some fresh donuts, hayrides, and of course, fresh apples and pumpkins.


Stony Hill Farm

Open from 10am–5pm daily for picking. Here you can pick a variety of apples and pumpkins and when you're done, get lost in the corn maze or visit one of their many greenhouses and get fresh flowers. 8 Rte 24, Chester, NJ


Ort Farms

Open from 10am–5pm on the weekends and 12pm–6pm on weekdays. At Ort Farms, a five-generation-old farm, you can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and find your perfect pumpkin. They also offer pony rides (starting Sept. 30th), a corn maze, apple cannons (it's exactly what it sounds like), and if you want, you can feed their farm animals! 25 Bartley Rd, Long Valley, NJ


Hillview Farms

The General Store is open from 9am–6pm. Tractor Rides to apple picking are open 10am–5pm. Hillview Farms has been around for almost 150 years! They offer fresh apples, pumpkins, eggs, honey, tomatoes, homemade pies and more. Their apple orchard is at the top of the hill which gives you a beautiful view while you pick! It's just $5 to take the tractor up the hill and from there feel free to eat, pick, and mosey down the hill to fresh pies, look at the pet peacock, and startle the free ranging fowl (due to the fowl the farm is a pet-free environment). 223 Meyersville Rd, Gillette, NJ


Battleview Orchards

Pick Your Own hours are from 10am–5pm. Cash Only! Battleview Orchards offers over 10 different apple varieties! You'll be sure to find something that you like. The orchard has been around for 110 years so we can be sure that they're growing high-quality produce and baking delicious pies! The orchard is pet free so make sure not to bring your dog! 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ


Demarest Farms

From 8am to 6:30pm visit this large farm to pick your own apples and pumpkins, take a hayride, pet some cute fluffy animals, and get lost in a corn maze. Before leaving, make sure to pay a visit to the store to pick up some baked goods and apple cider doughnuts for the trip home. It will be the gift that keeps on giving! 244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ


Giamarese Farm

Open 10am–6pm (PYO closes at 5 pm). Giamarese has fruits, vegetables, and Christmas trees for you to pick! If you go soon you can get the last of the peaches & nectarines as well as fresh apples, pumpkins, and Indian corn. They offer pony rides, a corn maze, and apple cider donuts! The farm requests that you leave your dog at home for the safety of other pickers & their plants! Check out their Facebook page for new coupons to use at their store! 155 Fresh Ponds Rd, East Brunswick, NJ


Hacklebarney Farms Cider Mill

Open 10am–5pm. This 7th generation farm is located next to Hacklebarney State Park. They have pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, are pet friendly, and are serving up a rare treat of cider-cooked hot dogs! Hacklebarney Farms Cider Mill is also famous for their fresh donuts (be sure to get there early to get a maple bacon donut) and fresh pressed cider! Stop by for apples, lunch, a great view, and a beautiful day! 104 State Park Rd, Chester, NJ


Melick's Town Farm

Open 9am to 6pm daily. There are 2 great reasons to come here: the first is for the fresh apples, the second is for the hard cider. Melick's Town Farm makes their own cider and apple wines at their Oldwick location and even lets you drink as you pick your apples! You can also buy Indian corn, take a hayride, and buy fresh mums while you're there. 170 Oldwik Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ


Norz Hill Farm & Market

Open 1pm–5pm for pick-your-own pumpkins. Norz Hill Farm & Market lets you pick your own pumpkins and offers you a hayride in order to do so! On the weekends they extend their hours starting at 10am for PYO and ending at 5pm. They also have a 5-acre corn maze and a fresh market to purchase all sorts of fall produce. 120 S Branch Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ


Snyder's Farm

Open from 11am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. Snyder's Farm is hosting a Fall Festival every weekend from September 29th until October 28th. Here you can pick your own pumpkins, jump in the pumpkin moon bounce, and use the corn cannon! 586 S Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ


Terhune Orchards

Open 9am to 5pm daily. Terhune Orchards is known for their store, their winery & tasting room, and of course, their pick-your-own produce! They currently have fresh Macouns, Crimson Crisp, and Empire apples, and more that are ready for you to take home. Be sure to check out their wines too and bring back a bottle or two! 330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ


Written by Julie Hansen

Julie is a relatively new resident to JC, and is eager to explore, to share, to talk, to {discover}, and to have fun! She does yoga in her spare time, and loves staying active every day. Keep up with her @julieshungry!