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Apple picking is a favorite autumn tradition for many Hudson County, New Jersey families. The trip to the farm, the fun in finding that perfect apple, and of course, the bags of delicious apples that you can take home, all add to this wonderful experience.
New Jersey has a lot of great places to go for your family's annual apple picking outing and many New Jersey farms are within easy driving distance of Hudson County.
Here are a few options recommended by myhudsoncounty.com:
244 Werimus Rd., Hillsdale
Open: Mid-April - Thanksgiving, daily, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm (5:00 pm on holidays)
Roadside Market: Full line of fresh picked fruits & vegetables, many are homegrown. Peaches, tomatoes, corn, apples, pumpkins
Pick Your Own: Apples, pumpkins, peaches Apple Varieties: Over 21 varieties including: Galas; McIntosh; Empire; Red & Golden Delicious; Rome; Winesap; others
Also Available: Baked goods; deli; salad bar; prepared goods; gift & gourmet items; garden center; cider; cider donuts; full line of fall items
122 Oakdale Rd., Chester
Open: September - early November, Daily 9:00 am-4:30 pm; Driveway closes at 4:30. Salesroom remains open until all are finished picking.
Roadside Market: Apples, Pumpkins, Seasonal fresh vegetables
Pick Your Own: Apples, Pumpkins
Apple Varieties: 34 varieties of apples; heirlooms, traditionals & moderns; all your favorites
Also Available: Cider, Donuts, Fall wreaths, Gourds, Honey, Indian Corn, Jams and Jellies.
Free Hayrides on weekends; school and group trips available; half century old tree orchards with 19th century ambiance; cut-your-own pumpkins off the vine for early birds; roam 66 acres of fields, woodlands, and orchards; enjoy the fall colors.
Stony Hill Gardens
8 State Rt. 24, Chester
Open: Year Round, Daily, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Pick Your Own: Apples, Pumpkins, and Strawberries
Also Available: Plants, Orchids, Poinsettias, Annuals, hanging Baskets, Bulb plants, Perennials, Cut Flowers, Mums, Cabbage and Kale Ornamental
Corn maze open September-November 13. See website for times.
Sun High Orchard
19 Canfield Ave., Randolph
Open: Daily, May - December, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Roadside Market: Apples: all varieties, pumpkins, vegetables, sweet corn, tomatoes, raspberries, peaches
Pick Your Own: Pumpkins, apples, cut your own flowers in the summer
Apple Varieties: Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap
Also Available: Apple cider, donuts, bakery, pies, soup, salads, jams, honey, cut flowers, bedding plants, perennials, gifts & craft items, mums, hay rides, picnic tables, fall decorations, petting zoo, farm animals
Turn of the century General Store, 200-year old authentic working bee-hive oven
Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Rd., Basking Ridge
Open: September- October, Sundays only, 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Roadside Market: Apples, peaches, tomatoes, pumpkins
Pick Your Own: Apples, tomatoes, pumpkins
Apple Varieties: McIntosh, McCouns, Gala, Jonalicious, Mitsu, Laura Red, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Winesap, & Granny Smith
Melick's Town Farm
170 Oldwick Rd., Oldwick
Open: Farm market: daily 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, April - December, PYO: September - mid-November, call or visit web site for harvest dates & hours
Roadside Market: Apples, blueberries, cherries, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, winter squash, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, snap beans, yellow squash, tomatoes, zucchini
Pick Your Own: Strawberries, apples, pumpkins, flowers
Apple Varieties: Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap, Mutsu, Rome
Also Available: Cider, cider donuts,Indian corn, jams, jellies, Halloween decorations, hay, gourds, flowers, corn stalks, herbs, cut flowers, annuals, perennials and Shrubs; Christmas trees, wreaths, weekend hayrides mid-September - October; School tours available
Melick's Town Farms
472 Rt. 513, Califon
Open: July - October, Daily, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Roadside Market: Apples, peaches, nectarines, melons, pears, plums, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, zucchini, flowers
Pick Your Own: Apples, peaches,pumpkins Apple Varieties: Empire, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Macoun, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Stayman/Winesap, Rome, Mutsu
Also Available: Hay, honey, cider, cider donuts, pies,jams/jellies, Indian corn, corn stalks, gourds, Halloween decorations, Horse-drawn wagon rides, and Grass Maze mid-September-October
14 Allerton Road, Lebanon
Open: July - December, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Roadside Market: Peaches, apples, berries, large variety of vegetables and herbs
Pick Your Own: Peaches, apples, berries Apple Varieties: Ginger Gold, Sansa, 3 types of Gala, 3 types of McIntosh, Macoun, 3 types Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Baldwin, Granny Smith, Pink Lady Cripps Pink, Honeycrisp, Cameo.
Also Available: Christmas trees, wood crafts, preserves.