Best Spots for Apple Picking Around Bergen County, NJ and Beyond

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As summer comes to an end and fall quickly approaches, families of kids young and old know it's that time of year to pack up the crew and head out for an apple-solutely fun family day. That's right, apple picking season is upon us -- the perfect fall activity to enjoy the crisp air and even crisper fruit. These super sweet apple picking spots in and around Bergen County should be at the top of your fall activity list – they’re awesome to the core.

In Bergen County:

Demarest Farms (244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, 201-666-0472)

Home to 14-plus varieties of apples, this 130-year-old farm provides a beautiful setting for spending the day picking and shopping for other farm-fresh goodies including their homemade donuts and soups. Plan your trip starting after September 17th to enjoy picking plus their drive-through Halloween Light Show. (General admission is $7 and includes entrance to the apple orchard. $14/bag of apples. Reservations required. Apple picking starts September 4, Thursdays- Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm. Pumpkin picking starts September 18, Thursdays-Sundays 8 am to 5 pm).

 

In Rockland County:

Dr. Davies Farm (306 Route 304, Congers, NY, 845-268-7020)

Wander through their 55-acre farm filled with 4,000-plus trees where apples abound and gorgeous vistas are at every turn. Visit their roadside farm stand for fresh fruits and vegetables, including their own sweet corn and fresh-pressed cider. Be sure to get there at your designated time! (Apple picking starts Sept. 4. Open every day, weather permitting, from 10 to 4, cash only. Reservations strongly suggested, walk-ins limited.)

 

The Orchards of Concklin (2 South Mountain Rd, Pomona, NY, 845-354-0369)

This place has been a staple in Rockland County for 10 generations, and the owners take special care of their orchards, encouraging visitors to be kind to the trees when picking. While you’re there, be sure to stop in their retail store for fresh produce and baked goods including pies, cookies, pastries and quiche. (Apple picking starts September 11, open Saturdays and Sundays 11 to 4:30, $11/bag of apples, pole rental $2, kids under 3 free.)

 

Day-Trip Worthy:

Wightman Farms (1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, 973-425-9819)

This large family farm offer 29 varieties of apples plus a number of fun activities on the weekends from hayrides to mazes. Stop in and grab yourself some goodies from the bake shop. Plus with their membership, you can head back as many times as you like for the picking season! (Apple picking open Fridays-Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm Fridays, 9 am-5:30 pm Saturdays, 9 am to 4:30 pm Sundays, $10 per person membership gains you access to the farm for 5 months of picking plus a reusable tote, apples priced by the pound) 

 

Pennings Orchard (169 State Route 94 S, Warwick, 845-986-7080)

Just a short drive north get a true taste of apple picking season at Pennings, which offers a variety of apples throughout the season, plus a beer garden and cidery, farm market with fresh-baked goods, and visits with the animals (including new calves in the dairy barn!) (Apple picking open daily, 9 am-5 pm. UPICK is cash only, $30 per half bushel. Check website for apple variety availability)

 

Alstede Farms (1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, 908-258-6245)

From Gala to Ginger Gold, new varieties are popping on trees every week at Alstede (check their website for the growing schedule and picking conditions). Plus, enjoy their other farm activities from a petting zoo to cut-your-own sunflowers. (Picking every day 9 to 5:30 with last admission at 5 p.m., $19.99 Entry fee and quarter-peck bag includes access to pick your own areas, a Quarter-Peck bag to fill, scenic hay wagon rides, access to hay pyramid and to mazes. Pre-purchased tickets for pick your own required.) 

 

Stony Hill Farms (8 East Mill Road, Chester, 908-879-2696)

The picking for little ones is easier with Stony Hill’s dwarf apple trees with up to 20 different varieties of apples to choose from. Weave through their 10-acre corn maze then try the rope and tile mazes before visiting the playground as well as the farm market for Jersey-fresh produce. (Picking season opens September 4th, pumpkin patch is open at the end of September through October. Open daily 10 to 4. Entry fee $7.99 plus tax includes admission to the orchards and hayride to the fields (weekends). Admission to mazes, playgrounds and more available for fee. $10 for 1/2 peck, $18 for full peck. Tickets must be purchased in advance.)

 

Hurds Family Farm (2187 State Route 32, Modena, NY, 845-883-7825)

Every weekend brings family activities, including a two-acre maze, hayrides, games, obstale courses, pony rides and more, all available in their VIP or Ultimate Experience Packages that can be bought with the PYO ticket. See their website for details. Visit their Big Apple Café for fresh, delicious meals, apple cider donuts or apple cider slushie, or stay for lunch at the New Café with outdoor seating and family recipes. (Picking runs until late October. Open Fridays-Mondays, 9 am-5 pm. $14 for small bag, $20 for medium bag and $42 for large bag. Pumpkins available starting end of September.)

 

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery (114 Little York Road, Warwick, NY, 845-258-4858)

Take a break after picking and enjoy a glass of wine or hard cider while listening to live music on the patio at this picturesque orchard, which features more than 60 different apple varieties. Purchase a ½ bushel bag for $30 (it holds about 20-25 lbs. of apples) and receive a complementary tractor ride for up to four people (additional tractor rides are $3). Tractor rides available weekends only. (Apple picking is available every day 11 to 5, through November 8th.)

 

Johnson’s Corner Farm (133 Church Rd, Medford, 609-654-8643)

Apple picking hayrides begin Sept. 11 at one of the largest “pick your own” farms in southern Jersey. Visit the animal farm and discovery center to see the baby goats; enjoy fall festival weekends with live music, a corn maze and gem mining; or stop in the bakery and ice cream shop for delicious treats. Visit in November to pick sweet potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower. (Open daily starting September 11 through October for apple picking, 10 am-5 pm weekdays and 9:30 am-5 pm weekends, $5-$6.50 per person reserved, apples are $1.99/lb.)

 

Riamede Farm (122 Oakdale Road, Chester, 908-879-7762)

The OG of the Jersey PYO scene, this old school farm spans 68 acres of vintage apple trees. The orchard offers 40 varieties of apples from Galas to Greenings, each one ripening at various times throughout the season so be sure to check their "what's ripe" page before you go. Donuts and cider are available for purchase, plus pumpkins on the vine. (Open daily for picking starting Thursday September 2, 9 am to 4:30 pm, farm pass purchase required in advance)

 

Donaldson Farms (358 Allen Road, Hackettstown, NJ, 908-852-9122) Growing over 20 varieties of apples, from Snow Sweet to Pink Ladies, there’s plenty of options to dig your teeth into. Fall fun includes festival weekends starting September 28 with PYO plus pony rides, hayrides, grilled food and more. Stop by on weekdays to grab a wheelbarrow for pick your own pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn or take a hayride to the pumpkin patch on the weekends. (Open daily through late October, Mondays-Saturdays 9 am-5 pm, Sundays 9 am-4 pm, apples priced by the pound.)

 

 Silverman’s Farm (451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT, 203-261-3306)

Dozens of varieties of apples are ripe for the picking at Silverman’s, a trek from Bergen to Connecticut, but take the day and make the trip. With a farmer’s market and a pumpkin patch as well as an animal farm, everyone will be kept busy. (Open daily 9 am to 5 pm, through early November. See website for further details). 

 
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