Fall Farm Trips and Pick Your Own

Skylands Visitor Cover Fall 2007
Skylands Visitor Fall, 2007 cover photo by Dotty Waxman

A farm makes a wonderful family trip anytime of year, but especially at harvest time. There are scores of farms in the Northwest New Jersey Skylands, including dairy, produce markets, orchards, berry cultivators, equestrian centers, wineries, herb growers, honey producers, cheese makers. Here are just a few of the many places that welcome your company. So pick your own and take a ride!

Pick Your Own Farms

  • A&J Messina Greenhouses
  • Come grow with our family-owned greenhouse where combination planters and baskets, dinnerplate dahlia, and fig trees are well worth the trip! Official opening is May 1, but our doors are always open!

    54 Sandhill Rd, Blairstown 07825, 908/362-6570

  • Beemerville Orchard
  • U-Pick Apples: many varieties. Selling fresh cider from our press, pumpkins, mums, already picked apples, etc.. Mon-Sat. 9-6. Closed Sundays. Small groups welcome.

    73 Lusscroft Road, Sussex 07461, 973/875-1029

  • Beneduce Vineyards
  • "It's a family tradition," explains Justen Beneduce Hiles, who with her brother Mike, Jr., are the active partners in the family-owned vineyard in Pittstown.

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  • Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse
  • Artisanal cheeses, wood fired breads, 100% grass-fed beef, whey fed pork, and suckled veal, 100% grass-fed ice cream, pasta made with Emmer wheat and our own free-range eggs, and pesto made with our own basil! Bread and cheesemaking workshops are held on the working farm as well as weekend tours and occasional concerts.

    369 Stamets Road, Milford 08848, 908/86GRASS

  • Brook Hollow Farm
  • PYO apples, several varieties including semi-dwarf trees (great for kids). Peaches from our orchards, pumpkins, farm market. Wagon rides on fall weekends. Near beautiful Delaware Water Gap, Rt 80 ex 4 to Rt 94 N, 3 1/2 mi to Frog Pond Rd. You'll be glad you found us!

    Frog Pond Rd., Hainesburg 07832, 908/496-4577

  • Brook Hollow Winery
  • Hand-crafted wines fermented, aged, and bottled at our family farm in the heart of the scenic Delaware Water Gap. In addition to wine tasting and sales, we offer indoor and outdoor rentals as well a full catering services for up to 250 guests.

    594 State Highway 94, Columbia 07832, 908/496-8200

  • Cava Winery and Vineyard
  • Visit our tasting room and caf�, with a bistro style menu to complement your wine. Hourly winery tours, weekend gatherings featuring live music. Or consider us as a host for any important social event.

    3619 Rt. 94, Hamburg 07419, 973.823.WINE (9463)

  • Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery
  • Your complete, one-stop garden shop with nursery stock, perennials, cold-tolerant spring annuals, decorative pottery, concrete statuary, fountains, herbs, Mother?s Day gifts, pre-planted Container Gardens, bird houses and food, hummingbird feeders, garden supplies, tools. Open 7 days.

    178 Airport Rd, Hackettstown 07840, 908/852-7314

  • Evergreen Valley Christmas Tree Farm
  • Choose and Cut from 10,000 trees! Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Pine, Scotch Pine Fraser Fir, Canaan fir, Douglas Fir. Family run on preserved farmland. Open Nov 29 - Dec 23, Tues-Sunday, 9-4. Easy Access from Routes 78 or 80.

    77 Jackson Valley Road, Washington 07882, 908-835-0557

  • Ochs Orchard
  • Homegrown fruits and vegetables available when in season. Honey, peanut butter, jams and jellies, homemade hard and soft ice-cream. Cider made on site from Red Delicious for sweetness, Winesap for tang, McIntosh and Empire for body. Honey, peanut butter, jams and jellies, homemade hard and soft ice-cream. Market open June through January.

    4 Ochs Ln, Warwick 10990, 845/986-1591

  • Pochuck Valley Farms
  • Pick your own apples, pears, and pumpkins. Our own cider, pies, donuts, breads from our bakery. Breakfast and lunch. Pochuck Valley farm-raised pork and chicken.

    962 Route 517, Glenwood 07418, 973/764-4732

  • Riamede Farm
  • Pick your own apples and pumpkins at our 250 year old farm. Simple, authentic and without the carnival. Thirty varieties of apples, traditional, heirloom and your modern favorites. Free hay rides on weekends through the scenic old orchards out to the pumpkin patch. Cider, donuts, jams, local honey & more. School harvest trips.

    122 Oakdale Rd, Chester 07930, 908/879-5353

  • Sheep Shearing at Jenny Jump Farm
  • Jacobs are the sheep of choice at Jenny Jump Farm. Hand-spinners love their natural color, and the wool can be spun into a complete spectrum from white to black.

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  • Sussex County Farm Visits
  • Nurseries, produce, dairies, pick your own, equine, organic, specialty, farmer'��s market. Call for your Four Seasons of Agriculture map and guide.

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  • Sussex County Strawberry Farm
  • U-pick strawberries (June), raspberries (late August), and pumpkins (October). Greenhouses with wide selection of hanging baskets and bedding plants. Outdoor wood and poly furniture. Fall decorations.

    565 Rt 206 N, Andover 07821, 973/579-5055

  • Tassot Apiaries, Inc
  • Experts in beeswax candles, natural soaps and cosmetics, bee pollen, beekeeping equipment and of course?HONEY.

    54 Rick Road, Milford 08848, 908/264-4504

  • Vintage North Jersey Wine Trail
  • Vintage North Jersey vintners merge their love of farming with old world and modern wine making techniques to deliver wines for every occasion and taste. Watch for special events or visit anytime!

  • Well-Sweep Herb Farm
  • Formal Elizabethan herb garden, medicinal garden, herb plants, flowering perennials, dried flowers, gift shop. Call for free catalog.

    205 Mt. Bethel Rd, Port Murray 07865, 908/852-5390

  • Westfall Winery
  • Tastings, group tours, winemaking school. Host your small occasion at the top of New Jersey!

    141 Clove Road, Montague 07827, 973/293-3428

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25 Oct 2008, 09:30
I went to horse sleigh farm they are great!Although (08) this is their first year I 100% recommend you go!
Glenn Misar
02 Sep 2008, 17:17
Our first year farming- please advertise us. See HorseSleighFarm.com.
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