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Fall Fan Favorite: Pick Your Own Apples

by: Sue Adler
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As the leaves begin to change, the aroma of spiced lattes fill the air, and days become a little cooler, there’s no better way to embrace the magic of autumn than by visiting local apple picking farms. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, connect with nature, and spend time with family and friends. In this post, we’ve curated a list of some of the best apple picking farms in your area, promising a day filled with fun, laughter, and, of course, plenty of apples!

  • Sun High Orchards
    19 Canfield Ave, Randolph
    This farm not only offers fresh apples, but also some friendly animals to make your day! One special alpaca, named “Jersey Gold” will be sure to make you smile, while the mini donkey “Jessica” will keep everyone entertained! Closed Mondays for picking!
    ☼Weekdays: Hours: 10am-5pm / Admissions: Under 2 years are free, everyone else is $2
    ☼Weekends: Hours: 9am-5pm / Admissions: Under 2 years are free, everyone else is $4
    Click here for more information about this awesome farm!


  • Riamede Farm
    122 Oakdale Road, Chester
    This farm is not new to apple picking! Their first pick-your-own public harvest was in 1974, and currently comprises 68 acres with most of the orchards still nurturing big old seedling apple trees planted a half century ago. The old trees are genuine antiques and provide the farm with a 19th-century feeling.
    Apples cost $2.49 per pound. Walk-up entry is available on weekdays and sometimes on weekends. Any guests under 6 years of age are free!
    ☼Weekend admission until 9/24: $10
    ☼Admissions: 9/30- 10/15: $15
    ☼Admissions: 10/21-10/31: $10
    Click here for more information on this vintage farm fun!


  • Wightman Farms
    1111 Mt Kemble Ave, Morristown
    Don’t miss out on a day of outdoor fun! Buy tickets on the farm, where the ticket booth is located in the front parking lot. Apples Are $3.29/lb so choose wisely! They also offer an all access pass that will sure to entertain the whole family all day! This pass is offered at $25 on weekends and includes hayrides, mazes, and apple picking admissions (guests that are 3 years and younger are free)! Just make sure to leave all pets at home (service animals welcome)!
    ☼Weekends- Hours: 9am-5pm / Admissions: $25 and apples are 3.29/lb
    Click here for more information!


  • Ort Farms
    25 Bartley Road, Long Valley
    This farm has over 5 acres of apples with so many varieties, including fan favorites like Gala and HoneyCrisp! They also offer rides for little ones, a farmers market that features local vendors, a corn maze, and weekend events! PYO Apples are $12 for a 1/2 peck bag to fill! Available veggies include tomatoes, squash, and more!
    ☼Upcoming events include:
    Saturday and Sunday, 9/16 & 9/17 – Oktoberfest with Czig Meister Brewing
    Saturday and Sunday, 10/28 &10/29 – Boo Bash Halloween Celebration!
    Every Monday at 12:30pm – Ort Farms Mommy & Me
    Every Thursday at 10am – Ort Farms Story Time
    Select Fridays at 6:30pm – Ladies Night on the Farm
    ☼Weekdays- Hours: 8am-7pm / Admission: 5$ if you are over 2 years!
    ☼Weekends- Hours: Saturdays 8am-7pm & Sundays 8am-6pm / Admission: 11$ if you are over 2 years!
    Click here for more details!


  • Alstede Farms
    1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
    This farm offers more than just orchards with opportunities to visit and feed our friendly farm animals, enjoy children’s activities like pony rides, bouncy house, or wagon train rides, live music on weekends, wine and hard cider tasting by Tomasello, and more. Admission includes the container to hold fruits/vegetables and the cost of produce picked. Admission also includes scenic hay wagon rides around our farm, access to our farm mazes/trails (season dependent), and access to our giant hay pyramid. Free admissions for Children under 2 years!
    ☼Weekdays- 21.99 includes admission and ¼ peck bag / Hours: 9am-6pm
    ☼Weekends- Admission: 26.99 and ¼ peck bag / Hours:9am-6pm
    Click here for a full schedule and tickets!


  • Hillview Farms
    223 Meyersville Road, Gillette
    Home to the Sue Adler Team’s annual Pumpkin Day, Hillview Farms boasts a picturesque farmland where plenty of orchards are available for picking! Hayrides to the best apple picking spots are available on weekends, and a bucket for your pickings is provided! You can also visit their general store for some delicious treats. Call (908) 647-0957 for more details on pricing!
    ☼Weekdays- Hours: 9am-5pm
    ☼Weekends- Hours: 9am-5pm
    Click here for the website!

Local apple picking farms offer the perfect backdrop for a memorable family outing during the fall season. Whether you’re searching for the crispest apples or seeking an array of autumn activities, these farms have it all. So grab your friends and family and head out to your nearest apple picking farm, and taste the season! Happy apple picking!

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