Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods are are rich in antioxidants.
The blueberry is also the official state fruit of New Jersey and is one of the top growers of blueberries in the country, and number 1 in farm market sales
Most of the best blueberry picking farms are located in southern NJ in the Pine Barrens region.
If you love blueberries, during the summer season, avoid buying them in the retail stores where blue berries are sold before they fully ripen. Instead take a trip to a nearby pick your own blueberry farm where you can enjoy fully ripened. tasty blueberries.
The New Jersey blueberry picking season begins in late June and runs into late July, and sometimes early August, weather permitting.
When picking, select only fully ripened plump, gray-blue blueberries. Blueberries grow in clusters like grapes. Avoid picking unripened blueberries with a reddish, white, or greenish tint. Blueberries do not ripen after picking.
Walking and wagon tours are also available, along with exhibits on the history and cultivation of the high bush blueberry by Elizabeth White
Red White and Blueberry Festival
Sunday, June 30, 2019; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hammonton High School
Old Forks Rd.
Nicknamed the "Blueberry Capital of the World", this annual festival features a celebration of blueberries with popular activities such as "pick your own"blueberries, for purchase, a traditional pie eating competition and plenty of blueberry food to purchase including blueberry dishes, desserts, and pies.
Other highlights include hundreds of vintage autos in the Cruisin' Classic car show, live music, craft vendors and carnival rides for the kids. Parking is also free, with shuttle service from designated lots at the Early Childhood Education Center and elementary school parking lots (601 N. 4th St.) and fields
Note: This information below is provided by blueberry farms as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes weather and growing conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed farms, it is suggested that you call ahead to confirm current blueberry picking conditions and times.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - an environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. In combination with available pest control methods, management of pest damage is achieved by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. Wagon rides are also available during the season on Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am – 5pm
Von Thun's Country Farm Market
519 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
A family owned farm. They offer U- Pick Blueberries, Strawberries, blackberries, apples, and pumpkins.
U-pick strawberries start the berry picking in late May. Blueberry picking traditionally starts in late June, followed by blackberries later in the summer. Apples and pumpkins are available for picking from mid-September through October.