These local farms and orchards are perfect for some fall family fun, with many offering hayrides, corn mazes, and cider donuts.
MORRIS COUNTY, NJ — With autumn quickly approaching, it’s almost time for apple and pumpkin picking season. New Jersey is known for its beautiful apple orchards, and there’s no shortage of pumpkin patches.
We’ve complied a list of some of the best pick-your-own farms in the Morris County area for the fall of 2020; most offer other activities for families to enjoy, like hayrides and cider donuts. Did we forget your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
Alstede Farms, Chester
This farm offers pick-your-own apples, pumpkins, potatoes, and more. Apple season starts in August and runs through the end of October; pumpkins start mid-September and wrap up around Halloween. There’s also cider mill tours, a giant corn maze, and other family-friendly fall activities. Visit their website: www.alstedefarms.com
Bader Farm, Pine Brook
Starting in September, you can pick your own pumpkins, apples, broccoli and more at this family farm. If you miss the fall fun, they also offer Christmas trees and poinsettias after Thanksgiving. Visit their website: www.baderfarm.com
Conklin Farm U-Pick, Montville
In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, the farm offers hayrides (both haunted and not), a snack stand with warm homemade donuts, and a field of sunflowers. The farm opens for the season on Sept. 26 this year. (Note: there are no apple at this farm.) Visit their website: www.conklinupick.com
Donaldson Farm, Hackettstown
Activities include 9-acre corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, apples, Indian corn and raspberries, hay rides, corn cannon, duck races, farm animals and pony rides. The season kicks off Sept. 26. See their website: donaldsonfarms.net.
Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill, Chester
Right in historic, Downtown Chester, you can pick-your-own pumpkins and apples at this farm, and enjoy their cider donuts. There’s also a corn maze for the adventurous. They’re open Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their hours usually shift in December, and they close before Christmas. Visit their website: www.njcidermill.com
Middle Valley Farms, Mendham
Enjoy pick-your-own pumpkins and gourds, a corn maze, hayrides and more at this Mendham farm. They’ll open for the season on Sept. 26. Visit their website: www.middlevalleyfarms.com
Ort Farms, Long Valley
Known for their large hay maze, you can pick your own pumpkins at this Long Valley favorite. There’s also hayrides, an apple cannon, and monster truck and pony rides. They are open for the season now. Visit their website: www.ortfarms.com
Parks Farm, Chester
Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, and enjoy free hayrides. They also offer fresh cider donuts, winter squash, and decorations. Visit their website: www.parksfarmsllc.com
Riamede Farm, Chester
They offer pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at this farm. When you’re done picking, they offer free hayrides. Apple picking is underway, but they suggest you call before visiting for a variety report. Pumpkin field are set to open at “the end of September.” Visit their website: www.riamede.com
Stony Hill Farm Market, Chester
In addition to pumpkins and apples, you can also pick-your-own strawberries at this farm. There’s a corn maze, rope maze, and tile maze, plus gemstone mining. Visit their website: www.stonyhillgardens.com
Sussex County Strawberry Farm, Andover
Sussex County Strawberry Farm opens it’s gates for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins the first week in October. The farm features pumpkins grown on location, hayrides every weekend in October, fresh local apples, corn stalks, Indian corn, gourds, mums, fresh local cider, carving supplies. For more details, visit the farm website.
Wightman Farms, Morristown
Hayride, pick your own pumpkins (from hayride field), giant corn maze, Mazeland Mazes, apple picking, tote bag, picnic play area (corn pit and pedal tractors), doughnuts and pumpkin slingshot. See the website for tickets and masking protocols.