Strawberry Picking Farms in New Jersey
It's finally time to head out for strawberry picking in New Jersey—and nothing screams summer in the Garden State quite like getting your hands dirty by heading to one of our pick-your-own farms. This year is no exception. While the protocol may be stricter this season due to the pandemic, strawberry farms continue to welcome visitors to pick their own fruit.
Whether this is your child’s first time at the strawberry patch or you’re looking to fill pies, jam jars, smoothies, and shortcakes for months to come, you'll want to check out our list of nearly 20 New Jersey farms around the state, where your sweeties can their hands on bushels full of juicy red berries. Most of these farms require masks to be worn during strawberry picking and limit the number of visitors at a time. Check each website for the farm's guidelines and schedule.
New Jersey's strawberry picking season is estimated to arrive in early June, so be sure to call ahead for opening and picking times before you hit the road.
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Strawberry Picking Farms NJ
1. Alstede Farms – Chester
Opening soon for pick-your-own with online reservations and limited space per time slot. No strawberry festival this year.
You can easily spend an entire day at this family farm, which offers everything from picking strawberries to feeding barnyard animals.
2. Battleview Orchards – Freehold
Open for pick-your-own. Cash only, and groups of 4 or less are permitted. Country Store is open.
This century-old, family-run farm is known not only for its sweet strawberries, but also its delicious apple cider donuts made fresh all year round—score! There’s a $5 per person fee to enter the strawberry patch, which is credited toward your final purchase.
3. Bonacorsi Family Farm – Frenchtown
Opening soon for pick-your-own.
This farm has two Hunterdon County outposts, and the Frenchtown location is home to thousands of strawberry plants, ripe for the picking. After picking, visit the farm's baby goats and other animals. Note: this farm is cash-only and provides all the containers.
4. Donaldson Farms – Hackettstown
Pick-your-own is not yet offered. Check back for updates. Farm activities are on hold.
During Strawberry Harvest weekends in June, the atmosphere at this family farm is downright carnival-like, with hayrides, pony rides, face painting, sweet treats, and more. There’s no entry fee for the strawberry patch. Containers are available for purchase, or you can bring your own (no paper or plastic bags are allowed).
5. Farms View – Wayne
Pick-your-own is available with limited capacity on field.
Around since 1894, this farm is the real deal. In addition to u-pick strawberries for the whole family, kids can greet goats, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, donkeys, peacocks, sheep and a horse at the farm's barnyard.
6. Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford
Open for pick-your-own. Tickets must be pre-purchased. Wagons and fields have limited capacity. Discovery Barnyard is closed.
With a Discovery Barnyard play area that's home to go-carts, climbing rocks, splash pads, and more, your kids won’t be bored at this Burlington County farm. Enjoy a hayride out to the strawberry fields to pick your own berries.
7. Lee Turkey Farm – East Windsor
Open for pick-your-own. No details yet on the current status of the farm tour.
Strawberry season kicks off in early June with a 50-minute farm tour ($7 per person) that includes visits to the farm’s honey bees and baby turkeys (hence the farm’s name). Once you reach the strawberry patch, everyone can pick their own quart of berries.
8. Melick’s Town Farm – Oldwick
Open for pick-your-own by reservation. Farm store is open.
Home to one of NJ’s largest apple orchards, the Oldwick Farm Market location is also a sweet spot to pick your own strawberries. Don’t leave without walking through the market, where you’ll find lots of fresh fruits and veggies, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, and the farm’s own apple wine.
9. Ort Farms – Long Valley
Open for strawberry picking and more pick-your-own. Storytimes are scheduled with limited capacity. Festival weekends on hold.
Quieter and less commercial than other NJ farms, Ort Farms still has a lot to offer with storytimes, crafts, farm animals, a tractor play set, and hay pyramid.
9. Peterson Farm – Flemington
Pick-your-own is open. Cash or check accepted.
Since berries grow in full sun, the farm recommends coming early in the morning to pick when temperatures are at their coolest. The farm provides picking trays and carriers, which you can re-use for a discount on your next visit.
10. Phillips Farm – Milford
Open for pick-your-own.
If you want an old-fashioned, straight-forward u-pick experience, check out this farm situated along the Delaware River. Perfect for berry lovers, this farm has strawberries now and, later in the season, blueberries, blackberries, and red and black raspberries. The farm is closed for picking on Tuesdays.
11. Russo’s Orchard Lane Farm – Chesterfield
May be closed permanently.
With a 10-pound minimum, you won’t have trouble filling up your basket with freshly picked strawberries at this 250-acre farm. Be sure to refrigerate your haul as soon as you get home, and wash and clean berries right before eating. Freeze some to use year-round in smoothies and shakes.
12. Sparacio Farms – Bridgeton
Pick-your-own is closed. Berries are available at the farm stand.
This Cumberland County farm is already ripe with juicy red strawberries. Limited quantities are available daily at the farm's market stand.
13. Snyder’s Farm – Somerset
Open for strawberry picking and more pick-your-own. Movie under the stars may reschedule to the fall.
Rutgers Scarlet strawberries, developed by the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, are grown for picking at this farm, which is open weekends only.
14.Stony Hill Farms – Chester
No update on pick-your-own. Farm market stand is open.
You may forget to pick strawberries at this farm, because there are so many other fun activities available. Admission to the picking field also includes access to the rope maze, tile maze, barnyard board game and trike rides, perfect for little ones.
15. Sussex County Strawberry Farm – Newton
Opening soon for pick-your-own.
Looking for an idyllic place to pick your own fruit? Look no further. As its name implies, this farm is serious about strawberries. Owned by two families who have been working the fields for more than 30 years, it’s a berry picker's dream!
Strawberry picking is a family affair at Terhune Orchards. Photo courtesy of the orchards
16. Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Open for strawberry picking and more pick-you-own. Farm activities on hold.
Terhune’s strawberry patches span two acres, and the beds are raised, which makes picking easier. After you’ve had your strawberry fill, there’s still plenty to do. While kids enjoy the farm animals, trails, and hayrides, parents can check out the farm store and winery.
17. VonThun Farms – Monmouth Junction
Both locations are open for pick-your-own. Reservations are required. Festival weekends are on hold.
Going strong for five generations, this Middlesex County farm offers good, old-fashioned farm fun. The fee for "picking passes" will be deducted from your total purchase once you’re done in the field.
18. Wemrock Orchards – Freehold
Open for pick-your-own. Country store is open.
Nestled at the end of a dirt road and through a forest is this farm’s secluded strawberry patch. There’s no entrance fee; simply pay per pound for whatever you pick. Stop by the ice cream parlor before you go.
19. Wightman Farms – Morristown
Pick-your-own is not yet updated.
To pick your own fruit, you need to join its PYO Farm Club. A membership gives you access to fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. The membership comes with two reusable bags, coupons for the farm, and water bottles.
Stock up on local homemade jams and jellies at the West Cape May Strawberry Festival. Photo courtesy of the festival
Strawberry Picking Tips:
Always call ahead. Picking schedules are weather dependent and fields close frequently to allow berries to ripen—or if they’re picked out. It’s best to know before you go.
Leave your pets at home. With the exception of Alstede Farms, dogs are not permitted on u-pick premises. At Alstede, while dogs are allowed in the PYO areas, they must be leashed and remain on the farm road.
Bring cash. A majority of these farms don't accept credit cards. Come prepared with a few paper bills to avoid disappointment at checkout.
Have a plan B. Visit the farm’s website to see what activities are offered, and also research the local area for events, playgrounds, or restaurants in case you want to hang out and refuel after a day of picking.
Don’t overbuy—or under buy. Plan ahead and figure out how much fruit you will use now, and how much you want to freeze for later. But keep in mind that NJ's strawberry season is short, so you may not have a chance to return to a farm before the berries are gone.