Berry picking is a staple of early summer. Spending the day in the warm sunshine, picking nature’s sweetest treats is the perfect family outing. Pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more at one of these pick-your-own fruit farms near Staten Island.
See below for a list of nearby pick-your-own farms in New Jersey and parts of New York, all of which are less than an hour and a half’s drive from Staten Island. **Always call ahead to confirm before you head out, as picking schedules often vary and may change due to weather and crop availability. Also, ask about special events.
|Blackberries||Early July through Early August. The best time to pick blackberries is from mid to late July.|
|Blueberries||Mid-June through mid-August. The best blueberry picking is from early July to early August.|
|Cherries||June. Cherries have a short season. The best time to pick them is roughly from June 10–June 25.|
|Peaches||Early July through mid-September. The height of peach season is from the middle to the end of July.|
|Raspberries||Early July through late July. The summer raspberry season is short. They’re best picked in the second and third weeks of July.|
|Strawberries||Mid-May through late June. The best time to pick strawberries in New Jersey is usually in early June.|
|Pumpkins||Mid-September through late October. The best time to pick pumpkins is just before Halloween, anytime from early to mid-October.|
Fruit Picking Farms Near Staten Island
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ
alstedefarms.com • 908-879-7189
Pick your own strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries, cut your own flowers and sunflowers, sweet corn, vegetables, peaches, cantaloupe, nectarines, honeydew, canary melon, Asian pears, blackberries, elderberries.
91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ
battlevieworchards.com • 732-462-0756
Pick your own strawberries, sour cherries, peaches, nectarines. Country store and a bakery on site with fresh local produce. Homemade apple cider available for purchase.
Bonacorsi Family Farm
1137 Croton Rd., Flemington, NJ
662 Pittstown Rd. in Frenchtown, NJ
bonacorsifamilyfarm.com • [email protected]
Pick your own at 662 Pittstown Rd.: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and peas. Pick your own at 1137 Croton Rd.: a wide variety of apples (including granny smith) and grapes on weekends in the fall. There is also a farm stand stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables grown on the farm.
Califon Farm Market & Orchards
472 County Road Rt. 513 Califon, NJ
melickstownfarm.com • 908-439-2318
Pick your own yellow and white peaches through September. On-site store with fresh produce and baked goods. There is also the Oldwick Farm Market located at 170 Oldwick Road.
Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s
480 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, NY
xroadsfarmliny.com • 516-881-7900
A small organic farm that is part of the Nassau Land Trust, a not-for-profit organization composed of a volunteer board of directors. The farm sells sweet corn, a variety of bedding and flowering plants, and vegetables.
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ
demarestfarms.com • 201-666-0472
Pick your own peaches, apples, pumpkins. A local favorite, the farm has an on-site market that carries apple cider donuts, pies and other baked goods. Seasonal produce and flowers are also for sale.
358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown, NJ
donaldsonfarms.net • 908-852-9122
Pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Dates for Strawberry Harvest Weekends to be announced.
Emery’s Organic Blueberry Farm
346 Long Swamp Road, New Egypt
emerysfarm.com • 609-758-8514
Pick your own blueberries. Farmer’s market offers a variety of pastries, pies, and pre-picked blueberries.
Giamarese Farm & Orchard
155 Fresh Pond Rd., East Brunswick NJ
giamaresefarm.com • 732-821-9494
Pick your own: strawberries, peas, peaches.
223 Meyersville Road, Gillette
Hillview-farms.com • 908-647-0957
Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m., May-October; fields close at 5 p.m.
Pick your own blueberries, peaches, flowers.
Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor NJ
leeturkeyfarm.com • 609-448-0629
Pick your own strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches, melons, nectarines, pears, blackberries, raspberries, vegetables and more. On-site market available.
438 Quakertown Rd., Flemington NJ
petersonfarm.net • 908-782-1682
Pick your own strawberries. The farm also sells dahlias, sweet corn and a variety of hays including orchard grass and alfalfa. Choose-and-cut Christmas trees available in December.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY
queensfarm.org • 718-347-3276
The farm museum has an on-site store that carries a unique selection of items for the home and garden, including Queens Farm products, locally made gifts, books and more. Farm-fresh eggs are also for sale Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or until they sell out.
1051 Flemington/Whitehouse Road (County Road 523), Flemington, NJ
schaeferfarms.com • 908-782-2705
Pick your own blackberries and raspberries. Open Farm stand with homegrown sweet corn, a variety of vegetables, and Nutrena Feeds. Farm-grown eggs, flowers, candles, milk, butter, and cheese are also available.
586 South Middlebush Rd., Somerset NJ
snyders-farm.com • 732-496-0441
Pick your own strawberries, blueberries.
870 Jacksonville Mt. Holly Rd., Bordentown, NJ
speccafarms.com • 609-267-4445
Pick your own strawberries, broccoli rabe, spinach, lettuce, broccoli and more.
146 Cranbury Neck Road, Plainsboro Township
stultsfarm.com • 609-799-2523
Sign up for email alerts on the website to be notified when different fruits become available for pick your own.
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton NJ
terhuneorchards.com • 609-924-2310
Pick your own strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, blackberries, apple varieties, pumpkins. Farm store open daily, farm winery open weekends.
Von Thun Farms
519 Ridge Rd., South Brunswick NJ
Another location is at 438 route 57 West in Washington, NJ.
Von Thun’s has two farms in NJ, each with activities and on-site farm markets that sell its delicious varieties of produce. During the summer months, the South Brunswick location lets you pick strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The Washington location offers lots of produce, an equine program and more. It also hosts Strawberry Festivals and Fall Festivals. The farm suggests always calling for current availability before heading out.
100 Wemrock Rd., Freehold, NJ
wemrockorchard.com • 732-431-2668
Pick your own strawberries.
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