The best part about fall is all the activities that come with it — apple picking, hayrides, leaves changing, and everything “pumpkin flavored.”
Did you know pumpkins are rich in vitamins and have been a fall staple in American culture for centuries?
Best Farms to Pick Pumpkins in New Jersey
New Jersey is full of local farms where you can enjoy a day out with friends and loved ones, but if you don’t know where to start looking, we’ve got you covered!
Here are some of the best farms to pick your pumpkins this season – including their location, address, and some features at each farm. To compile this list, we considered factors like the variety of pumpkins available, additional amenities, and distance from major cities.
Bonus: Several farms also offer apple picking so that you can make the most of your fall outing.
Before you go…don’t forget to order your carving kit!
Demarest Farms — Hillsdale
Demarest Farms is my go-to for apple picking every fall, but you can also pick pumpkins here! You’ll get a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, where you can select the pumpkin of your choice and enjoy the petting zoo they also have-on-site.
Happy Day Farm — Manalapan
I recently visited Happy Day Farm to take pictures and pick sunflowers, but they already had their pumpkins growing and were getting all set up for pumpkin season with this picture-perfect pumpkin hut.
Conklin U-Pick — Montville
At Conklin Farms, you have your pick of thousands of pumpkins and photo opportunities in their field of sunflowers. A farm store full of festive fall decor and painted pumpkins are also available. Haunted hay rides will be available beginning September 30th for those brave enough for the adventure.
Heaven Hills Farm — Vernon
Pumpkin season at Heaven Hills Farm is buzzing with activity — carnival rides, pig races, pony rides, and more. Heaven Hills Farm also boasts the giant corn maze in New Jersey, so be sure to arrive early on the weekends, so you have time to enjoy all their activities.
Make A Weekend of It! Stay Overnight!
Terhune Orchards — Princeton
You can get all your favorite fall activities in one location at Terhune Orchards. Select your favorite pumpkin and paint it at their painting session, and explore the rest of the farm while you wait for it to dry! You’ll find an animal barn, duck races, a winery for the adults, and more — everything you’ll need for the perfect fall day.
Sussex County Strawberry Farms — Newton
Don’t let the name fool you — the Sussex County Strawberry Farm does indeed have pumpkins, and you can pick from a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Their website also provides tips and tricks on what kind of pumpkin you should look for. Mark your calendars because their pumpkin picking season begins the first week of October.
Alstede Farms — Chester
At Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ, pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. On Saturdays, you can stop in and visit their pumpkin patch and enjoy some fall treats. Stick around until the sun goes down to enjoy apple cider around a campfire and their family-friendly Harvest Moon Hayride.
Wightman Farms — Morristown
While it is prime apple picking season at this Morristown farm, they offer several packages where you can get all your favorite fall activities in one — hayrides, mazes, and their pumpkin slingshot! It’s a great way to spend the day with friends and family, and you can even get an apple cider doughnut or two.
Other Notable Farms In New Jersey:
- Mood’s Farms – Mullica Hill, NJ
- Hill Creek Farm – Mullica Hill, NJ
- Duffield’s Farm – Sewell, NJ
- Eastmont Orchards – Colt’s Neck, NJ
- Wemrock Orchards – Freehold, NJ