Peach picking in New Jersey offers up one of the great joys of summer: A sweet treat plucked fresh off the tree. The Garden State has pick-your-own farms aplenty, so you should be able to find one close by.
The peach picking season in New Jersey really gets going in mid-July and carries on through August and even early September at some farms. Before heading out on a peach-picking adventure, call ahead or check the farm’s Facebook page to make sure crops are still plentiful and see what other fruits are available on any given day—you might also be able to pick blueberries, which are available at many farms through the end of July.
Find more pick your own fun in our Guide to Farms in New Jersey for Families, and for more ways to enjoy the warm weather, don't miss our Ultimate New Jersey Kids Summer Vacation Guide.
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Peach Picking in Northern New Jersey
This popular farm offers more than 12 varieties of peaches for picking and is open to the public on the weekends. Tickets are $5 a person. Be sure to wear comfy shoes for walking in the orchard. There's a $15 flat fee for a bag that holds up to 12 pounds of peaches. Picking requires online reservations, you will not be able to buy tickets at the farm.
This adorable country farm offers pick-your-own peaches during limited hours. Call 908-475-5209 in advance to check on picking conditions and availability. After you’re done peach picking, stop in for a visit with the animals or peruse the goods at the farm store. Credit cards are not accepted, so be sure to bring cash or a check.
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Follow up your peach picking with a pony ride and other kid-friendly fun at Alstede Farms. Photo courtesy of the farm
Alstede entices visitors with a slew of entertaining extras in addition to pick-your-own peaches, flowers, and other fruits and vegetables. There are always barnyard animals available to feed, events going on—such as tractor and pony rides—and corn or sunflower mazes, as well as a seasonal hay pyramid to climb. Check the farm's "what's picking now" tab for the best peach picking days. Purchase your tickets online in advance to guarantee admission.
The orchard is open on weekends only. The $10 entry fee provides five months of PYO access, a reusable tote bag, and berry containers. All fruit harvested is weigh-and-pay. You may also skip the schlep and purchase directly from its farm store seven days a week.
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Johnson's Corner Farm offers peach picking in New Jersey, plus plenty of kid-friendly attractions.
Peach Picking in Central New Jersey
Johnson's offers 10 varieties of peaches in its orchard, which is accessed via a paid hayride. Once you’re finished picking, cool down at the farm’s splash pad or check out the pedal go-kart track and obstacle course at the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm (for an additional fee). Picking hours differ throughout the week, so be sure to check its website. Book reservations in advance.
Staggered varieties mean peaches are available at this popular farm through mid-September. The orchard is open daily, and hours vary from day to day. Call ahead for daily orchard hours, 732-462-0756. You’ll need to arrive at least 20 minutes before closing to pick your fruit. Don’t leave without a visit to the country market, where the farm’s famous apple cider doughnuts are baked fresh daily. Battleview Orchards is a cash-only farm.
Celebrating 150 years of farming in NJ, this farm has the pick-your-own process down to a science. There is a $3 per person entry fee, and then you pay for what you pick. Picking is available seven days a week. Check out its website for hours and picking rules. There’s a nice park right across the road with picnic benches and a pavilion where guests can picnic
Stop by the farm stand at this working farm to get your containers weighed before walking out to the orchard. Pick-your-own is offered daily except Tuesdays, but visitors are encouraged to call the message line at 908-995-0022 before visiting. The farm’s clingstone yellow peaches (meaning the peach flesh “clings” to the pit) are ripe for picking by early July.
Melick's Town Farm has been a staple of New Jersey agriculture for nearly 300 years—all farmed by the same family since 1725! Its Califon location boasts 200 acres of farmland, and its fresh-from-the-tree peaches are ripe for the picking. Call its information line at 908-832-2905 to check availability before heading out.
Peach Picking in Southern New Jersey
The orange windmill on Route 77 indicates when you’ve reached this peach picking paradise. Bring your own bucket or box—plastic bags are not allowed—to pick peaches at this picturesque farm. Once you check-in, hop back in the car to drive to the easily accessible orchards. Closed Sundays, check the website, and call before heading out for hours and produce availability.
Despite the farm’s name (it doesn't, in fact, grow any strawberries), this sweet farm is a top spot for Jersey peaches and nectarines. You can see the bright peaches hanging from the orchard’s trees from almost a mile away as you approach the farm along winding Waln Road.
Originally published in 2016 and updated annually.