Even the littlest visitors can pick their own blueberries.
Even the littlest visitors can pick their own blueberries.

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries and More NJ Berry Farms for Families

Blueberry picking is a perfect summer activity for the whole family: the bushes are low, the berries pop off the plants easily, and your family can literally pick hundreds without breaking the bank—or your back hauling them home. Lucky for us, blueberries are the official state fruit of New Jersey, and they are plentiful throughout the Garden State.

We’ve assembled a list of some of the best pick-your-own farms NJ has to offer for kids, along with a few blueberry festivals. Happy picking!

Blueberry picking is just the beginning of the fun at Alstede Farms. Photo by the author.

Pick-Your-Own Farms

Alstede Farms – Chester
Alstede Farms is a pick-your-own fave for many NJ families for the diversity it offers. In addition to pick-your-own berries (and tons of other items throughout the growing season), the farm sells tickets and wristbands for pony rides, a moon bounce, corn box, hay pyramid, and more. Hayrides and admission to the mazes are included in the pick-your-own fee, and everyone can enjoy the farm animals and farm store. Alstede gets very busy on the weekends during peak hours, so plan accordingly—one option is to go during the week (Monday–Thursday, 9–11am) when the farm offers a $6.99 discount on your pickings (the weekday admission price). And don't miss the annual blueberry festival

DiMeo U-Pick Blueberry Farms – Hammonton
If chemical-free farming appeals to your family, DiMeo is the place to go. This old-fashioned farm offers naturally grown, heirloom blueberries, and picking is by appointment only. Take home a fruit-bearing blueberry bush to plant at home, too!

Emery's Berry Patch – New Egypt
With 20 acres dedicated to the fruit, this farm is serious about blueberries! Pick your own, visit the farm store, and meet the barn animals all in one trip.

Haines Berry Farm – Pemberton
Home of the Whitesbog Fest, this farm offers a wagon ride to the pick-your-own blueberry fields as well as a roadside market with lots of goodies.

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Pick blueberries to your heart's content at Happy Day Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Happy Day Farm – Manalapan
This farm has crops of blueberries and raspberries that will delight children of all ages. There are tons of farm activities (some for an additional cost), including a two-acre acre sunflower maze, hayride, Hi-Striker, a lavender garden, giant checker board, wooden train, playground, pedal carts, tire mountain, horse lasso, sand crane, and more. 

Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford
There's a lot to do at this farm, which hosts some creative farm activities. In addition to blueberry picking and the farm store, you can try gem mining, hayrides, or Fun after Five, a low-cost evening of kids' activities like pedal go-karts, splash pads, farm animals, sand boxes, and more. 

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Pick your fill at Lindsay's Farm in Hammonton. Photo courtesy of the farm

Lindsay's Farm – Hammonton
This farm follows organic farming methods and has a small but growing blueberry crop.

Phillips Farms – Milford
While apples may be the specialty here, bushels of pick-your-own berries abound as well. The roadside market features seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, tomato products, and hanging baskets. Note that the pick-your-own area is closed on Tuesdays.

Snyder's Farms – Somerset
This lovely 80-acre farm has a nice pick-your-own blueberry and strawberry area that's perfect for kids. U-pick is open only on the weekends. In the fall, don't miss the Fall Festival!

Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Terhune has two acres devoted to blueberry bushes ripe for picking. Check out the farm store and barn animals during your trip, and on Tuesday, July 9 at 9:30 and 11am, enjoy a blueberry-themed Read & Pick program for a small fee. Pre-registration suggested.

Blueberry Festivals

Red, White, and Blueberry Festival – Hammonton
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Head to the blueberry capitol of the world for rides, entertainment, food, a pie eating contest, and more.

Alstede Farms – Chester
Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, 2019
Pick your own blueberries, sample blueberry treats, and have tons of farm fun at this annual celebration. 

Mood's Farm Market – Mullica Hill
Saturday, July 13, 2019
This fest features pick-your-own blueberries, live music, face painting, delectable snacks, and a baking contest. 

Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, 2019
Enjoy all things blueberry at the Blueberry Bash. Start your visit with pick-your-own fun, and stay for the music and blueberry baked goods contest. Puppet shows will start at noon and 1:30 on both days, and admission includes wagon rides, barnyard animals meet-and-greet, and more.  

BlueBEARy Blast at Camden Children’s Garden – Camden
Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 2019
Mum Bear takes over at the Camden Children’s Garden for a day of crafts, the butterfly house, blueberry ice cream, and Very Berry Blueberry treats.

This article was originally published June 2011 and is updated annually.

Historic Whitesbog Village
Burlington County Route 530 at Mile Marker 13
Pemberton Township, NJ 08068

Hammonton High School
566 Old Forks Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

DiMeo U-Pick Blueberry Farms
3101 Nesco Road
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Hainesberry Farm
98 Sheep Pen Hill Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068

Johnson's Corner Farm
133 Church Road
Medford, NJ 08055

Allen Family Farm
265 Tarklin Road
Dennis Township, NJ 08230

Phillips Farm
290 Church Road
Milford, NJ 08848

Alstede Farms
1 Chesterfield Drive
Chester, NJ 07930

Synder Farms
586 S Middlebush Rd.
Somerset, NJ 08873

Emery's Farm Store
346 Long Swamp Rd.
New Egypt, NJ 08533

Lindsay's Farm
436 Pleasant Mills Rd.
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Happy Day Farm
77 Iron Ore Rd.
Manalapan Township, NJ 07726
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