Strawberry Picking Farms and Festivals 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 the local pick-your-own farms. This year is no exception. While the protocols 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 strawberry picking 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 where your sweeties can get their hands on bushels of juicy red berries. Strawberry season is short-lived, kicking off in late May or early June and running until the berries have all been plucked, so start planning your outings now and find more seasonal fun in our Spring Fun Guide.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Most of these strawberry picking farms are limiting the number of visitors, so be sure to check each website for the farm's most up-to-date guidelines and schedule.
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Strawberry Picking Farms in New Jersey
1. Battleview Orchards – Freehold
2021 update: Strawberry picking is open for the season.
This century-old, family-run farm is known not only for its sweet strawberries but also its delicious apple cider donuts made fresh year-round—score! There’s a $5 per person fee to enter the strawberry patch, which is credited toward your final purchase. The country store is open daily.
Pick a handful of fresh strawberries at Alstede Farms.
2. Alstede Farms – Chester
2021 update: Reservations are required for pick-your-own. The crop is not ripe quite yet, but bookmark this page for updates.
You can easily spend an entire day at this family farm, which offers everything from picking strawberries to feeding barnyard animals.
3. Bonacorsi Family Farm – Frenchtown
2021 update: Strawberry picking season is underway and frequent updates are posted on the farm's Facebook page.
This farm has two Hunterdon County outposts, and the Frenchtown location is home to thousands of strawberry plants ripe for the picking. Note: This farm is cash-only and provides all the containers.
4. Donaldson Farms – Hackettstown
2021 update: Stay tuned for updates on the season.
During strawberry harvest, 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; fruit is charged by the pound. Bring your own container (no paper or plastic bags are allowed).
5. Farms View – Wayne
2021 update: Picking season is mid-May to mid-June, weather permitting. Call before you go, 973-839-1212, to confirm fields are open.
Around since 1894, this farm is the real deal. In addition to strawberry picking for the whole family, kids can greet goats, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, donkeys, peacocks, sheep, and a horse at the farm's barnyard.
Eat juicy strawberries at Johnson's Corner Farm.
6. Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford
2021 update: Reservations are required and can be booked online.
With a Discovery Barnyard play area that's home to go-karts, 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
2021 update: Strawberry picking season is nearing; follow the farm's social media for updates.
Generally, the strawberry season kicks off in early June with a 50-minute farm tour 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. You must be a member of the farm's "Pick Your Own Club," which entails signing a liability form and paying $2 for the year.
8. Melick’s Town Farm – Oldwick
2021 update: Reservations are required and can be booked online beginning at 4pm the day before your visit.
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
2021 update: Reservations are required and can be booked online. The season is expected to open around Tuesday, June 1.
Quieter and less commercial than other NJ farms, Ort Farms still has a lot to offer with story times, crafts, farm animals, a tractor playset, and a hay pyramid.
10. Peterson Farm – Flemington
2021 update: Opening day is Friday, June 4. Special hours will be set for seniors. See the website for more details.
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.
11. Phillips Farm – Milford
2021 update: Strawberry picking season has not started yet. Call 908-995-0022 for updates on crop availability.
If you want an old-fashioned, straightforward, strawberry picking experience, check out this farm situated along the Delaware River. Perfect for berry lovers, it has strawberries now and, later in the season, blueberries, blackberries, and red and black raspberries. The farm is closed for picking on Tuesdays.
12. Snyder’s Farm – Somerset
2021 update: Opening day is Saturday, May 22. Snyder's accepts cash-only.
Scarlett strawberries, developed by the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, are grown for picking at this farm, which is open weekends only, 9am-4pm. It is $7 for a quart and $3 for a wagon ride to the fields.
Enjoy the strawberry fields at Stony Hill Farms.
13.Stony Hill Farms – Chester
2021 update: Reservations are required, and it is strongly recommended to call before visiting, 908-879-2908, to check for closures.
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.
14. Sussex County Strawberry Farm – Newton
2021 update: Strawberry season is predicted to start around Thursday, June 10. Call 973-579-5055 to confirm before you visit.
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.
15. Terhune Orchards – Princeton
2021 update: Strawberry picking has begun. Bookmark the website for updates on availability.
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, including a brand new sangria!
16. VonThun Farms – Monmouth Junction
2021 update: Check the website for multiple events happening at both locations.
Going strong for five generations, this Middlesex County farm offers good, old-fashioned farm fun. No pets; cash is preferred.
17. Wemrock Orchards – Freehold
2021 update: Call 732-431-2688 to confirm crop availability before you visit.
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, store or cafe before you go.
18. Wightman Farms – Morristown
2021 update: Pick your own season has not yet opened for 2021.
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. PYO season is May-November, and crops vary by the season.
Strawberry Festivals in New Jersey
West Cape May Strawberry Festival – West Cape May
Saturday, June 5, 2019
This fun-filled festival is held in Borough's Backyard Park in West Cape May and features Jersey fresh strawberries (of course), strawberry shortcake, craft vendors, food, and more. Parking and admission are FREE.
VonThun Farms Strawberry Festival – Monmouth Junction
Saturdays and Sundays, June 5-6 and 12-13, 2021
Beyond berry picking, this festive weekend includes an activity area complete with hayrides, face panting, and pony rides. Enjoy fresh, homemade, strawberry goodies from the farm market.
Ort Farms Car Show and Strawberry Festival – Long Valley
Sundays, June 13, 2021
Head out to Ort Farm for a day of strawberry picking fun, served up with a side of train rides, pony rides, an antique car show, and food trucks brimming with tasty eats.
Turn your beautiful berries into a bountiful selection of jams.
Strawberry Picking Tips
Always call ahead. Picking schedules are weather-dependent, and fields frequently close to allow berries to ripen—or if they’re picked out. It’s best to know before you go.
Check out the farm's social media: In addition to websites, most of these farms have a Facebook and Instagram page, which are frequently updated with crop availability.
Leave your pets at home. Most farms do not allow pets; some allow service animals (this does not include emotional support animals). Call or check out their website before you go.
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 and figure out how much fruit you will use now and how much you want to freeze later. But keep in mind NJ's strawberry season is short, so you may not have a chance to return to a farm before the berries are gone.
Photos courtesy of the orchards
Places featured in this article:
Sussex County Strawberry Farm
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Bonacorsi Family Farm
Stony Hill Farm Market
Oldwick Farm Market