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 through September 30th to enjoy picking plus their drive-through Halloween Light Show, which opens Friday September 16th. (Reservations required. Apple picking starts September 3, Thursdays- Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm and select Mondays. Pumpkin picking starts September 24, 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. 3. Open every day, weather permitting, from 10 to 4:30, 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 10, open Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 4 pm)

 

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 salads, sandwiches, fresh ice cream, cider and more gourmet foods for a perfect picnic on the farm. (Apple picking open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am to 5 pm) 

 

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, kiddie maze, and visits with the animals (including new calves in the dairy barn!) (Apple picking open daily, 9 am-5 pm. 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. (Pre-season apple picking opens September 1, Picking every day 9 am to 5 pm. 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 3rd, pumpkin patch is open at the end of September through October. Open daily 10 to 5. 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 to include with your PYO ticket. See their website for details. Visit their Barn Café and Market Cart for fresh, delicious meals (including their new thin crust pizza), apple cider donuts or apple cider slushie. Stay and enjoy a cider or beer from the farm bar, and sip on their outdoor patio with views of Mohonk Mountain. (Picking runs until late October. Open Fridays-Mondays, 9 am-5 pm. Pumpkins available starting end of September.)

 

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

Take a break after picking on the weekends 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 65 different apple varieties. Purchase a ½ bushel bag for $35 (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 opens September 3rd and is available every day 11 to 5, through November 5th.)

 

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

Apple picking hayrides begin Sept. 10 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 and popping corn. (Open daily starting September 10 through October for apple picking, 10 am-5 pm weekdays and 9:30 am-5 pm weekends)

 

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 , 9 am to 4:30 pm, farm pass purchase required in advance)

 

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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