Harvest Season: Where to Find the Best Gardens and Farms {in New Jersey}

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New Jersey is called the Garden State for a reason. We have the most fresh produce and summer {into fall} is absolutely the best season…for a variety of reasons. Of course you can head to the farmer’s market, however, a majority of us enjoy picking out our own produce.

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“U-pick” farms and gardens can be found in every part of the state {meaning farms that you can go to, pick their produce, and go!}, and many offer annual fruit and vegetables festivals to celebrate the DIY harvesting. Here are a few of the best farms and gardens in the New Jersey area that will not disappoint:

 

Lee Turkey Farm {201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor}

 The 54-acre Lee Farm is rich in history, its farmhouse dates back to 1802 and all the original barns are beautifully painted and still in use. The Lee Family has farmed the same land for six generations, since 1868.  Nestled in the center of suburbia, the farm has hundreds of fruit trees and acres of vegetables for the picking. The abundance of summer includes apples, peaches, melons; raspberries; nectarines, pears and blackberries.

Demarest Farms {244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale}

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Prepare for a new experience in picking. Demarest Farms claims well-manicured fields and groves, spectacular views, and tasty fruits of almost every verity.  Bergen County’s only pick your own peach orchard, apple orchard, and pumpkin patch, Demarest Farms has more than 14 varieties of pick-your-own apples and more than 12 varieties of pick-your-own peaches. You may remember our visit from last year.

 Emery’s Berry Farm {346 Long Swamp Road, New Egypt}

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Emery’s has a proud heritage of growing and selling fruit directly to consumers for well over 50 years. The 60-acre farm is heavily dedicated to growing Certified Organic blueberries and its famous pies are baked daily {seven days a week}. Sunflowers are grown, cut, and bunched up at the farm’s market throughout July, August and September.

Wightman’s Farm {1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown}

For more than 80 years the Wightman Family has grown and sold fruits and vegetables at their farm. In 1922, Albert Wightman and his wife, Laetitia, purchased the first of the land that was to become Wightman’s Farms.  The third generation of Wightmans continues the tradition of selling the fruits and vegetables grown on the surrounding land.  The farm store has glorious flowers as well as fresh everything else, and u-pick summer strawberries are in full swing.

De-Wolf’s U-Pick Farm {58 W. Colliers Mill Rd., New Egypt}

Pick your own peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, long beans, broccoli, fava beans, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, herbs, beans, peas, broccoli rabab, spinach, squash and more.  DeWolf’s U-Pick Farm is open seven days a week, spring through fall.

Johnson’s Corner Farm {133 Church Rd., Medford}

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Much has changed since Bill and Bette Johnson pulled the first “Iced Corn” wagon to the corner of Church and Hartford Roads in Medford.  Johnson’s Corner Farm strives to provide the highest quality sweet corn, Jersey produce, pies, baked goods and farm experience for individuals, families and groups.

Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery {330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton}

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The Mount Family’s 200-acre fruit-and-vegetable-producing Terhune Orchards is one of only a few operating farms in the Garden State with a winery and tasting room. It has grown fruits and vegetables for 35 years and offers apple and pumpkin picking, cider, pies, farm animals, pick your own, field trips, farm market, gift baskets and more.  Tasting room visitors may sample wines made from Terhune grown grapes.
Those are just a few of the amazing farms that you can visit in our area of New Jersey. Now fall, where are you??
What is your favorite U-Pick farm to visit during harvest season?
Happy Harvesting!

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


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