The fall may just be getting started, but apple picking season definitely doesn’t wait until the leaves start falling – actually, now is the best time to get started on your apple picking near Jersey City!
If you want to hand-pick some apples that you can cook up (or just munch on!) in your Beacon kitchen, then visit these local apple orchards for a true taste of early fall. Make sure you stock up – you’ll have a hard time eating grocery store apples after trying these!
Melick’s Town Farm, located at 472 County Rd 513, Califon which is about one hour from your Beacon apartment, is the largest apple grower in New Jersey with over 650 acres of land including 120 acres of fruit trees, 5,000 peach, nectarine and plum trees and 20,000 apple trees.
They also press their own fresh apple cider and also have hard cider and apple wine, in addition to you-pick apple activities. Bring the entire family —and don’t forget your camera—for a very special, fun filled day in the orchard!
Alstede Farms, located at 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester which is about one hour from your Beacon apartment, offers over 20 apple varieties including Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious which are available for picking every day.
If you’re interested in a specific variety, make sure you check their website and see when that variety’s ripening date is to plan your visit accordingly. While here, make sure you check out their petting zoo, extensive farm store and on-site Tomasello Winery!
472 County Road 513, Califon NJ 07830
1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930