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Seasonal Strawberry Picking

New Jersey’s strawberry season is short, generally arriving in early June and lasting for three weeks or so. But if you are looking for a fun—and delicious—way to get the whole family outside in the sun, there is still time to get in on the berry season.

The following strawberry picking farms are all within easy reach, about an hour’s drive from Hudson County. But that’s too far to go to find that a farm has been picked out, or temporarily closed due to COVID-19, so always call ahead and know before you go. Picking schedules are weather-dependent and fields close frequently to allow berries to ripen.

In fact, it’s a good idea to visit a farm’s website not only for picking information, but to learn what other activities are offered. Also, every farm has its own social distancing, contactless ordering or other social guidelines.

Another suggestion is to bring cash. Some farms don’t accept credit cards, some don’t accept cash, so having both will avoid disappointment at checkout.

Leave the pets at home. They won’t be allowed in u-pick areas.
 

ALSTEDE FARMS

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester

AlstedeFarms.com

908-258-6245

This pick-your-own strawberry farm allows you to pick from 9 am to 6 pm with no closed days. Admission is either free or on the weekends for around $7 per person. Although you may not want to pay an admissions fee; they also offer online ordering and contactless pickup.

 

GIAMARESE FARM AND ORCHARDS

155 Fresh Pond Rd, East Brunswick

GiamareseFarm.com

732-821-9494

This family owned and operated strawberry farm is open every day except Monday, 10 am to 6 pm. They have many different strawberry varieties, which include Cabot, Chandler, Daroyal, Darselect, Mayflower, Rutgers Scarlet, Sunset and Wendy which makes it really fun for the family to taste test each variety of strawberry to compare and decide which kinds are liked best.

 

LEE TURKEY FARM

201 Hickory Corner Rd, East Windsor

LeeTurkeyFarm.com

609-448-0629

Lee Turkey Farm has pick-your-own fruits and veggies, which include delicious and juicy strawberries. It is essential you read about the farm’s rules and membership requirements and fees online. Strawberries are only available to pick during the month of June, so make sure you get there this month to take full advantage of their fresh berries. Monday through Saturday 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 2 to 6 pm.

 

PETERSON FARM

438 Quakertown Rd., Flemington

PetersonFarm.net

908-782-0707

Just open now for the season, Peterson Farm is offering pick-your-own strawberries Friday-Sunday from 9am to 6pm. They offer affordable picking prices at only $2.90 per pound, so you can let the kids load their baskets, full of these juicy berries. They only take cash and checks, so make sure you have either or both before you head out to this farm with the family.

 

MELICK’S TOWN FARM

Oldwick Farm Market

170 Oldwick Rd

908-439-2955

This family-owned farm, operating for 300 years, offers some of the best strawberry picking in New Jersey. There is no entry fee and you pay by the pound. With COVID-19, all strawberry picking will require online advance reservations. Spots will be made available the evening before. Check online for more information.

 

DONALDSON FARM

358 Allen Rd, Hackettstown

DonaldsonFarms.net

908-852-9122 x1

This strawberry-picking farm has extensive social guidelines, so checking their website in advance is a must. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, for pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, too. This is an option for larger families because there are no entry fees and prices are calculated by the pound, although for exact pricing you must check their website.






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