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New Jersey U-Pick Farms – 2020 PickYourOwn.org

Find a pick-your-own farm near you! Then learn to can and freeze! Since 2002! We update continuously; Beware the copycat websites!

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Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in New Jersey? Scroll down this page and select your region of the state for a list of U-Pick farms in New Jersey, sorted by county. Farms offering organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words “organic” and/or “sustainable” in green, next to their name (see “What does Organic mean?”). If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. And if you are looking for a local farm stand, roadside stand, farm market or local farmer’s market, see our new website, dedicated to those! See your state’s crop availability calendar for specific dates of upcoming crops.

If you know of any I missed and want to add a farm, click here! I’m making updates for 2020 as fast as I can – if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working – please let me know! This website is supported by purchases you make through the links to products on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This allows me to continue to maintain the website and make improvements!

What’s in season in November 2020, and other timely information:

Notes for November 2020: Crop growth is slowing down, except for Christmas tree farms and if you live in southern California, southern Texas, Florida or along the Gulf coast where citrus are ripe, and believe it or not, the blueberry and strawberry season in those areas is about to begin. See your state harvest calendar . This year, much of the country is still seeing mild weather, so lettuce, peas, broccoli, cabbage and other greens are thriving. And this is a good time to get a canner and learn how to preserve foods for the winter, like canning some applesauce, apple butter or jam, which make great gifts. As do your own homemade specialty liqueurs! How about homemade cranberry sauce or a pumpkin pie made from a real pumpkin for the holidays? See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. A fun winter activity is to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream – see this page. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me!

Easter will be April 4, 2021 – if you want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt – see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt !

New Jersey U-Pick Farms and Orchards

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This page provides a detailed list of New Jersey’s pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms. I spent part of my childhood in NJ, and it was here that my folks first took me to a PYO, for blueberries, out in the Pine Barrens near Pemberton! The blueberries are the best in the world there, often the size of a nickel!

I’m always looking for more to add and feedback about any farm you have visited, please write me using the Feedback form! And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on Add My Farm!

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New Jersey’s pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and more. The website also has canning & freezing instructions, related events and fun and listings for every other state and many countries!

Cherry Picking, NJ – the BEST Pick Your Own Cherry Orchards in New Jersey

Cherry picking in NJ is a MUST do activity in early summer. With juicy, sweet cherries available from late June to early July you’ll regret not heading to some of these Pick Your Own Cherry Farms New Jersey has to offer. Be sure to keep an eye out at your local farms – the season is notoriously short!

The Best Cherry Picking in NJ

While grabbing a bag of cherries at your local farmstand or farmer’s market is great, it’s nothing compared to picking the stone fruit yourself and enjoying it right off the tree.

Known as the Garden State, New Jersey is known for its abundance of amazing, fresh produce. While blueberries, strawberries, and peaches are well known for pick your own fields, cherries are a fruit you need to be picking.

If you’re looking for a pick your own cherry farm near you, you’re in the right spot. Just like with our blueberry picking and strawberry picking in NJ posts, we’ve found the best of the best, and compiled them here for you.

Tips and Questions for Picking Cherries

When can you pick cherries in NJ?

Generally speaking, you can begin picking the cherries in mind-June through early to mid-June. It’s a notoriusly short picking season, with some farms quoting only a 7-10 day window. Always call the farm ahead of time to ask about picking conditions!

Where can I go to pick cherries?

There are tons of PYO cherry spots in NJ – keep scrolling to find a farm local to you.

What do you wear to cherry picking?

Clothes you won’t mind staining with juice and shoes that can get a bit messy. We always recommend wearing shoes that can get dirty, but boots are best! Since cherries are in trees, there’s a chance you’ll be in a ladder.

Tips for picking the best cherries:

  • Go on a weekday, if you can! Farms will be less crowded and some farms waive the pick your own admission fee on weekdays,
  • If you’re going on a weekend, head there as soon as they open. Not only is this to avoid crowds, but it also ensures you get the first pick of the ripest berries.
  • Know what you’re getting. Cherries come in both “sweet” cherries and “pie” or sour cherries. Sweet cherries are best for eating, while sour cherries are best for pies, jellies, and jams.
  • Look for firm, heavy cherries. They should have shiny skin and a fresh-looking stem. You should be able to easily tug on the fruit and get it off the tree with the stem. Here is a great resource with picking tips!

Pick Your Own Farms for Cherry Picking in NJ

Ready to hit the farms? Here are the best PYO farms in NJ offering cherry picking. With each farm. click through to the post with full information on the farm, from hours to pricing. Always be sure to call the farms ahead of time as cherry picking seasons can vary!

Terhune Orchards – Princeton, Mercer County.

Not only can you find a cherry orchard, but this farm offers farm animals, freshly baked pies, and its own winery. Go picking and then wander the farmstore packed with homemade baked goods and local finds.

Lee Turkey Farm – East Windsor, Mercer County

This unique farm raises over 3000 turkeys each year, but you might not know that it also has countless You Pick fruit and vegetable patches open all season long, including a cherry orchard. Opens in June, but make sure to check in before heading over.

Rowand’s Farm – Glassboro, Gloucester County

Rowand’s Farm is best for it’s short but popular cherry-picking season. They pick from late June through mid-July, or whenever their trees are empty. They also have a small selection of Ranier cherry trees, but those tend to get picked out in the first day or two of the season. Make sure you check in on their Facebook page for the most up to date info on availability.

Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford, Burlington County

This pick your own farm offers numerous PYO produce opportunities, but the real sell is the Discovery Barnyard! If you plan on cherry picking with kiddos this farm also offers kids activities and 3 splash pads for kiddos.

Mood’s Farm Market – Mullica Hill, Gloucester County

With a variety of pick your own options, many still know this NJ PYO farm for it’s bountiful cherry season. You must bring your own containers for pick your own and they will be weighed before heading out to the fields.

Battleview Orchards – Monmouth County

Conveniently located right off Route 33, this Freehold favorite is well known to locals and visitors alike. You might have visited in fall for apples and pumpkins, but this spot also offers phenomenal cherry picking! They offer a variety of sour or pie cherries, perfect for baking with. Make sure to head to the country store on your way out for produce, freshly baked goods, and more.

Cherry picking in NJ brings juicy, sweet cherries from late June to early July you'll regret not heading to some of these orchards New Jersey has to offer.