Where to Go Apple Picking in Central New Jersey

Apple picking is a favorite autumn tradition for many Morris County 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 something special to this wonderful experience.

Central Jersey has a lot of great places to go for your family's annual apple picking outing. Here are a few options recommended by yourmorris.com:

Riamede Farm

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 & 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 & Kale Ornamental Corn maze open Saturday, September 3 - Saturday, November 13, 2011. See website for times.

Sun High Orchard

19 Canfield Ave., Randolph


Open: Daily, May - Dec., 9 am - 6 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: Sept.- Oct., Sundays only, 12 pm- 4 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 am - 6 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, & Shrubs; Christmas trees, wreaths, weekend hayrides mid-September - October; School tours available

Melick's Town Farms

472 Rt. 513, Califon


Open: July - Oct., Daily, 9 am - 6 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, & Grass Maze mid-Sept. - Oct

Valley Crest Farm

14 Allerton Road, Lebanon


Open: July - December, Sat. & Sun. 10 am to 3 pm

Roadside Market: Peaches, apples, berries, large variety of vegetables & 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(r)Cripps Pink, Honeycrisp, Cameo Also Available: Christmas trees, wood crafts, preserves.

For more fall events in New Jersey, visit mybergen.com, myhudsoncounty.com, yourhunterdon.com and yoursomerset.com.


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