CHESTER, NJ – It’s that time of year again when multiple crops are in season in New Jersey, with U-pick or “PYO” locations throughout the region. Among the things ready to pick are: blueberries, peaches, sunflowers, gooseberries and tomatoes.
Plus, there are destinations with U-cut sunflowers and other flowers in season now.
Chester has two of these local treasures with seasonal summer PYO crops.
Sunflower season is not only a great time for flowers, but also for beautiful photos, with some local farms offering backdrops with sunflowers in specific photo fields, as well as props to use in them. images. Stony Hill Farms, for example, in the video below, shows off their attachments, including a tractor and a fence.
At Alstede Farms one can choose what is available, then shop at the farm store, grab a snack or ice cream, get lost in one of the farm’s seasonal mazes, and visit the farm animals.
Stony Hill Farms also has its own store, as well as a large greenhouse, specializing in growing orchids among its plants and flowers.
Below are some of the farms in the area and some of the special steps you need to take before you get there, such as advance ticket or pre-pick-up reservation requirements, with some accepting cash payments only for those. PYO cultures.
Where to PYO in Chester and Mendham this season
Or: 1 Allée des Fermes Alstede
Call for more information: 908-258-6245
How to go pick: First, check where the farm lists their pickup availability on their calendar page. For more details, click here for “What can I choose today”. This page displays photos of the crops ready to be picked, brought home, and enjoyed. The page also evaluates the harvesting conditions for each crop. From July 23, for example, picking conditions are excellent for: yellow and white peaches, blueberries and sunflowers. Gooseberries can also be picked, in good conditions now. From there, entries for PYO can be purchased online, with access to each of the areas and associated costs by clicking here. For U-pick sunflowers, visitors can bring their own shears or rent them on site for a refundable deposit of $ 10 each.
Other fun things to do: While staying at Alstede Farms, visit their farm shop for their fresh produce, grass-fed meats, fresh baked goods, local honey, and other favorites.
Enjoy soft or old-fashioned ice cream and other frozen treats at Alstede’s stand.
Grab a hamburger, chicken fingers, hot dogs, and other dishes from the chicken coop menu.
Spend time with the farm’s cows, sheep, horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and turkeys.
Visit the seasonal mazes of Alstede.
Click here for more fun things to do while visiting Alstede Farms.
Stony Hill Farms
Or: 15 North Road
Call for more information: 908-879-2908
How to choose: Visit Stony Hill’s auto-select page for the latest information on what is available for selection. During the farm’s sunflower festival, visitors can also pick zinnias. Tickets are required for any participant over two years old, with reservation on weekdays or weekends. Check them out on Facebook for the latest updates or give them a call.
Other fun things to do: Stop at the Stony Hill Farmer’s Market, which offers seasonal produce and plants, specialty foods, home decor, baked goods, gifts and more.
Stony Hill Gardens offers over 20,000 square feet of greenhouse space, with seasonal annuals and perennials, bulbs and orchids, as well as a florist.
Other farms nearby with PYO this season
Where to PYO in Long Valley this season
Or: 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley
Call for more information: 908-876-3351
How to choose: Ort Farms offers PYO vegetables and U-cut sunflowers and Zinnias. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Visit the website for a 2021 season pass, for $ 32.95 per person, which includes PYO products and flowers, but is for admission to the fields and trails. Their upcoming “Fresh Air Friday” Friday July 30th at 3pm is for pick your own tomatoes. Click here for tickets.
Other fun things to do: There are other events on the farm, check out their full calendar of upcoming events here. Before or after the activities, Ort Farms customers can stop by the farmer’s market, with local produce, fresh baked goods, dairy products, honeys and food, jams, flowers and Moreover. The farmer’s market includes five greenhouses with vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, potting soil, garden soil and mulch.
Where to PYO in County Warren this season
Or: 37 Belcher Road, Blairstown
Call for more info: 908-362-8151
How to choose: Race Farm now offers U-pick peaches, apricots and blueberries. Visit them on Facebook here, for hours and availability.
Other fun things to do: Check out the Race Farm stand on 224 Route 94 in Blairstown for freshly picked items. Their harvest cuisine is also here, with homemade soups, hummus, ice cream, cold-pressed juices, baked goods and more, all under the guidance of the farm’s certified nutrition therapist.
Or: 438 Route 57, Washington
Call for more info: 732-958-6816
How to choose: Find here information on all u-pick products available now. Among them are raspberries and peaches. Blackberries are coming soon. Visit this page for the full year round pickup schedule, admission prices and harvest prices. They also have a U shaped sunflower trail and photo field open until Labor Day. For tickets and more information visit this page.
Other fun things to do: The Farmer’s Market is a sister location to the main Von Thun Farms market in southern Brunswick. Here, they sell farm-fresh produce, eggs, sauces, honey, jams, Pennsylvania Dutch candy, private label products, handmade lotions and soaps, and other items.
Payment is accepted at the store by cash, credit or debit cards, and WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers for products.
VonThun’s is also known for its natural Angus, grass-fed, farm-raised beef.
The farm’s Friends & Neighbors Club offers rewards to customers for their purchases with them.
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