If you love peaches and enjoy getting out with the family for a fun
activity, head on out to a pick your own peach farm and take home fresh,
fully ripened, and flavorful peaches --- peaches that you aren't able
to get at the local supermarket.
Little known fact: The Garden State is the 4th largest peach producer in the country
Peach picking season begins in early July and runs to the middle of September, depending on varieties and weather conditions.
Fully ripened peaches should be picked when the fruit can be easily removed from the branches, otherwise they are not fully ripened.
Peaches will not ripen after separation from the tree --- they will only "soften".
Check the color when picking. The deepness of the red coloring varies with the variety of the peach and is not always a true indicator of ripeness.
Yellow varieties ripen to an orange skin tint while white varieties changes from greenish to yellow-white. Green skin is always a sign of an unripened peach.
You can't always rely on the color red as an indicator of how ripe a peach is. Softness is another indicator of a peach being ripe for picking. For a fresh, fully ripened peach, it should have a little give when gently pressed.
Peaches can be kept refrigerated for a week in a refrigerator. For best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible after picking.
Note: This information is provided by the farms as a free service to our viewers. As weather conditions dictate the growing seasons and picking times, it is suggested that you call the farms to confirm the picking schedule and special events or for additional information on their activities.
Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday from 12 noon to 4 pm they have live entertainers
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Peach picking starts approximately the 3rd week of July
Weekends open to the public 10 to 3
Melick's Town Farm
They have over 5,000 peach trees and grow over 30 varieties of both yellow and white peaches to allow a long season for your selection. Fresh peaches for picking in July, August and September
A family-owned farm situated along the scenic Delaware River in the rolling countryside of Holland Township; offers pick your own apple and peach picking.
Tree Licious Orchards
135 Karrville Road
Port Murray, NJ
Peaches are one of their signature fruits. Uses low-impact farming methods including integrated pest management. They also offer apple and pear picking.
Valley Crest Farm & Preserve
14 Allerton Road
Lebanon, NJ 08833
Pick you own hours are 9am- 4pm daily and until 6pm on Wednesdays. Weekend hours are Saturdays from 9am- 4pm and Sundays from 10am- 6pm.
Pick Your Own," grab a bag and stroll through our peach orchards to pick out what you like, beginning the last weekend in July
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
They offer a seasonal Membership fee for $15.00. It provides access to their orchard for up to 5 people for the season! The cost of the fruit you pick per pound is reduced and membership also gives you some other discounts on farm related purchases. They are open for picking on Fridays from Noon - 5:00PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 9AM to 5PM
155 Fresh Ponds Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816J
Open early July to September, for pick your own apples, nectarines and peaches.
Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Rd.
East Windsor, NJ
54 acres nestled in the arms of suburbia. Hundreds of fruit trees and acres of vegetables all yours for the picking.
The picking/market hours are from 9:00am till 6:00pm begonning about the 2nd week in July. You must be at the farm no later than 5:15pm to enter the fields and orchards.
Offers pick your own Apples, Peaches, and pumpkins
While the pick your own peach season begins early July, their annual peach festivals occurs in August