It’s Strawberry Picking Season!

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helderberg-farm-strawberry-picking-stellenboschWhether this is your child’s first time at the berry patch or you’re looking to fill pies, jam jars, smoothies, and shortcakes for months to come, you’ll want to check out our list of more than 20 farms and festivals around the state, where your sweeties can their hands on bushels full of juicy red berries.

New Jersey’s strawberry picking season is estimated to arrive in late May, so be sure to call ahead for opening and picking times before you hit the road.

Alstede Farms – Chester
You can easily spend an entire day at this family farm, which offers everything from picking strawberries to feeding barnyard animals. It also hosts an annual Strawberry Festival every weekend in June (see “Strawberry Festivals” below).

Battleview Orchards – Freehold
This century-old, family-run farm is known not only for its sweet strawberries, but also its delicious apple cider donuts made fresh all year round—score! There’s a $5 per person fee to enter the strawberry patch, which is credited toward your final purchase.

Bonacorsi Family Farm – Frenchtown
This farm has two Hunterdon County outposts, and the Frenchtown location is home to thousands of strawberry plants, ripe for the picking. Popular with serious pickers (you won’t find any farm animals or bounce houses here), this cash-only farm provides all the containers and expects to open for picking on Memorial Day Weekend.

Donaldson Farms – Hackettstown
During Strawberry Fest weekends in June, the atmosphere at this family farm is downright carnival-like, with hayrides, pony rides, face painting, sweet treats, and more. There’s no entry fee for the strawberry patch. Containers are available for purchase, or you can bring your own (no paper or plastic bags are allowed).

Farms View – Wayne
Around since 1894, this farm is the real deal. In addition to u-pick strawberries for the whole family, it also has a ton of fresh produce ranging from arugula to rhubarb to Swiss chard. Kids can greet goats, chickens, pot-bellied pigs, donkeys, peacocks, sheep and a horse at the farm’s barnyard.

Johnson’s Corner Farm – Medford
With a Discovery Barnyard play area and animal farm, your kids won’t be bored at this Burlington County farm. Enjoy a hayride out to the strawberry fields to pick your own berries, and check out the Strawberry Festival, held over Memorial Day weekend and the first weekend in June (more details below).

Lee Turkey Farm – East Windsor
Strawberry season kicks off in June with a 50-minute farm tour ($7 per person) that includes visits to the farm’s honey bees and baby turkeys (hence the farm’s name). Once you reach the strawberry patch, everyone can pick their own quart of berries.

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