Johnson's Locust Hall Farm. Photo by Cody Conk
Johnson's Locust Hall Farm. Photo by Cody Conk

Gorgeous Sunflower Fields and More Pick-Your-Own Flowers in NJ

It is sunflower field season in New Jersey! One of the best things about our state is its bountiful pick-your-own farms—you can load up the family and pick strawberries in late spring, blueberries and peaches in the summertime, and apples and pumpkins come fall. But what many people may not know is that in addition to fresh produce, New Jersey farms are overflowing with acres of beautiful flowers, especially camera-ready sunflower fields.

There are even some NJ farms hosting sunflower mazes, sunflower trails, and sunflower festivals. So plan to spend a day on the farm this summer and bring home a fragrant assortment of Jersey-grown blooms!

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Many farms require a refundable deposit for the use of flower cutters; save some time and bring your own, along with a large vase!

Pick-Your-Own Sunflower Fields in New Jersey

1. Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford

For the second year in a row, this south Jersey farm (sister farm to Johnson's Locust Hall Farm) has opened a sunflower field to the public. Its evening sunflower stroll comes with a wagon ride and the opportunity to pick flowers at the end. This farm has plenty of other activities, too, including fruit picking, an animal barnyard, homemade ice cream, and more for additional fees. Book reservations online in advance.

Rows of sunflowers at Alstede Farms
Wander through the towering sunflowers at Alstede Farms.

2. Alstede Farms – Chester

Alstede Farms is a family-friendly farm for all seasons, including during sunflower season (typically mid/late July-October). Enjoy the sunflower maze here (included in pick-your-own admission) and pick some of your own. You can also pick berries, peaches, and other produce and enjoy the barnyard animals. Just be sure to reserve your picking slot online in 2021.

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Red truck in a sunflower field at Happy Day Farm
Bask in glorious fields of sunflowers at Happy Day Farm.

3. Happy Day Farm – Manalapan

Bring the whole tribe to Manalapan’s Happy Day Farm to pick a big bunch of these yellow stems. Its sunflower field is set up with tons of fun photo props, too. Sunflower field admission is cash-only and sold at the door. Kids under 1 are free; sunflowers are $2.50 each, and the fields are open through Saturday, August 14. The owners suggest bringing your own clippers and water to keep your fresh-picked blooms healthy. After enjoying the fields, cool down with a shaved ice or fresh lemonade. Take note for next year: Lavender season precedes the sunflower bloom.

Stony Hill Farm sunflower fields
Gorgeous fields of sunflowers await at Stony Hill Farm.

4. Stony Hill Farms – Chester

Stroll the sunflower fields at Stony Hill Farms during its Sunflower Festival to enjoy live music, food, wagon rides, and more fun at a social distance with timed-entry tickets. One field is for walking through the stalks, while the other sunflower field is for picking. Homemade ice cream flights and more treats are lined up for 2021. Weekday tickets are available for access to the cutting fields only.

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Von Thun Farms sunflower photo op
Take a sweet and memorable photo at The New Jersey Sunflower Trail at Von Thun Farms.

5. The New Jersey Sunflower Trail at Von Thun Farms – Washington

Walk The New Jersey Sunflower Trail at Von Thun Farms' six-acre sunflower field in Warren County, New Jersey, for a chilled-out summer vibe (open through Labor Day). Online reservations are encouraged. Sunflowers are 3 stems for $6 or $3 per stem. The farm also offers summer berry picking, plus pick-your-own summer bouquets with zinnias, marigolds, and more bright blooms.

Child smelling sunflowers at Johnson's Loucust Hall Farm
Enjoy the sunflowers at Johnson's Locust Hall Farm in Jobstown.

6. Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm – Jobstown

Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm invites you to visit starting in July to pick your very own New Jersey sunflowers. Park N’ Pick tickets give you an all-access farm pass to its picking fields on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at specific time slots. Travel along the route and make stops at the picking fields along the way. Stops include the Peach Orchard, Sunflower Patch (open through August), blackberry fields, and in late July, corn. Tickets include hayrides on the weekends.

7. Ort Farms – Long Valley

Hit the sunflower patch or pick-your-own flowers at this beloved NJ farm. Daily picking options for sunflowers range from $1-$2 a stem. Weekends bring a host of other family-friendly activities, including pony rides, train rides, apple cannons, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

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Girls picking zinnias at Terhune Orchards
Flowers and produce are available for picking at Terhune Orchards.

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8. Terhune Orchards – Princeton

You might know Terhune for its pick-your-own produce, but it also has an abundant field of flowers to choose from. Open from 9am-6pm daily, starting in late June; pick-your-own hours may vary depending on availability.

9. Lew’s Farm Market – Moorestown

When it comes to pick-your-own flowers, Lew’s is well-known. Bouquet pricing can vary, but for about $4, you can pick a nice one! The farm's delightful season of sunflowers, zinnias, and snapdragons starts around the end of June or the beginning of July. Call for current picking conditions and availability: 856-234-2480.

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Zinnias in a field at Melick's Town Farm
Create a beautiful summer bouquet with flowers from Melick's.

10. Melick's Town Farm – Oldwick

Put together a fantastic summer bouquet at Melick's, which plans to offer a wide variety of flowers this season, including sunflowers for $1.50/stem. Most other stems go for about 75 cents. Open seven days a week. No reservations are required, but you must bring your own clipper.

11. Silverton Farms – Toms River

This family-owned organic farm has been around for more than 20 years. The eight-acre farm offers tons of freshly picked produce and pick-your-own flowers in the summer months, such as cosmos and dahlias. Prices are per bouquet, though sunflowers are $1 per stem.

A version of this article was first published in 2015, but it has since been revised.

Photos courtesy of the farms and orchards

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