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The best strawberry picking in NJ

Strawberry picking in NJ at one of these kid-friendly PYO farms will be a highlight of the summer!

By Allie Early, Dorkys Ramos and Oliver Strand
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Looking to get outdoors–and snack on delicious sun-ripened fruit–all while maintaining a generous social distance? Then head for the hills of New Jersey, where the PYO strawberry farms are bountiful!

 

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No question about it, a PYO farm is the perfect summer destination for your family this year! If you're new to the PYO scene, the season starts off with strawberries and the best summertime cherry picking NY families love, then the best blueberry picking in New York and beyond!

A PYO adventure can be just part of your seasonal fun. This is the time to check out the best beaches for kids in and around NYCthe best hiking trails for NYC families to explore and the best family camping spots near NYC. We're here to help you make the most of this summer!

Strawberry picking in NJ

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Strawberry picking pyo
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1. Battleview Orchards

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

The awesome summer fruits at Battleview Orchards include strawberries, sour cherries, peaches and nectarines! They'll keep you updated on the strawberry season via their Facebook (so check it regularly), but it usually begins in late May or early June. Visit in fall for fun weekend hayrides! 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ (732-462-0756, battlevieworchards.com).

Strawberry picking Miami
Strawberry picking Miami
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2. Alstede Farms

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car 

Usually, Alstede Farms celebrates strawberry season with its annual Strawberry Harvest Festival in June: Every Saturday and Sunday you can get a taste of various strawberry treats, including homemade ice cream, shortcakes, slushies, sundaes, pie, fudge and more. Things are more subdued this year, but you can still wander over to the strawberry patch where the kiddos will love picking their own. After those baskets are filled, spend the rest of the day meeting the friendly farm animals! Other summer produce offerings include green and pink gooseberries, currants, red and black raspberries, blueberries and a variety of veggies. 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ (908-879-7189, alstedefarms.com).

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3. Terhune Orchards

Travel time: 2 hours by car

This 225-acre farm in Princeton has plenty of pick-your-own strawberries, along with sweet cherries, sour cherries and blueberries. Come back in July for blackberries and raspberries! After you’re done picking, check out the farm’s animals: Sheep, goats, horse, ducks and chickens abound. 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ (609-924-2310, terhuneorchards.com).

Strawberry picking around LA
Strawberry picking around LA
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4. Sussex County Strawberry Farm

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

It's all in the name: Sussex County Strawberry Farm specializes in growing your favorite big red berry. (They also have raspberries and pumpkin picking later in the season!) If you're in the market for some beautiful plants can check out the nearby Garden Center for marigolds, zinnias, geraniums and more! 565 US-206, Newton, NJ (973-579-5505, sussexcontystrawberryfarm.com).

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5. Lee Turkey Farm

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

Don’t sweat the name—Lee Turkey Farm is a fantastic PYO spot with a bounty of strawberries. The farm also offers cherries in June before opening its fields of melons, peaches, raspberries and sauce apples in July. In the fall, you'll want to come back for head here for oven-ready whole turkeys raised right on the farm. 201 Hickory Corner Rd, East Windsor, NJ (609-448-0629, leeturkeyfarm.com).

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