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Jun 21, 2013 12:55 PM

Strawberry picking recommendation closest from Bergen County

I live in Tenafly and wondering if anyone here knows a good place to go for strawberry picking with little kids..somwehere that takes about an hour or less. thanks!

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  1. Your best bet is to check out the NJ dept of Agriculture's Jersey Fresh website They have a list of all the pick you own farms broken down by Counties. The website also has a list of farm stands as well as community farmers markets.
    It is a little late in the season for strawberries, so be sure to call ahead to the farms that are close to you to make sure they still are doing the pick your own. Looks like although there are several farm stands in Bergen Co, none have pick your own strawberries. Nearest one I could spot was this in Wayne
    Farms View Roadstand
    945 Black Oak Ridge Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
    Phone: 973-839-1212, Fax: 973-835-8284
    Web site:
    Open: April through Fathers' Day Monday-Saturday 9-6, Sunday 9-5. Fathers' Day through end of September, Mon-Sat 9-6, Sunday 9-1. October-Dec 24, Mon-Sat 9-6, Sunday 9-5.
    Roadside Market: Tomatoes, corn, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, squash, herbs, corn stalks & more
    Pick Your Own: Strawberries, pumpkins

    We love Alstede's in Chester (Morris Co.) especially for the pick you own berries since they not only have strawberries, but also raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, and currents. You should note that the farm field where the berries are located is a short drive from their main store, which is on the edge of downtown Chester. I am sure they can give you directions to the berry fields.

    Alstede Farms
    84 County Route 513 (old Rt. 24) , Chester
    Directions: From Rt. 206 into Chester, Follow Rt. 513 South., we 3/4 mi. on Left For GPS or Mapquest: enter 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ 07930
    Phone: (908) 879-7189
    Web site:
    Open: Daily, year round, Mon. - Sat. 9 am - 6 pm, Sun. 10 am - 5 pm - extended hours during spring, summer & fall
    Roadside Market: A huge variety of homegrown produce including: Asparagus, squash, tomatoes, greens, pumpkins, peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, rhubarb, strawberries, peaches, apples, raspberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, peaches, our own honey, homemade ice cream & quiche, home-baked pies and more!
    Pick Your Own: Peaches, pumpkins, Indian corn, cut flowers, apples, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, vegetables, gooseberries, currants


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    1. re: PuniceaRana

      Thank you. We went to Alstede farm on Saturday and picked about 8 lbs of strawberries. OMG, these berries were amazingly sweet. ate them with lots of whipped cream over the weekend. I will definitely back.

      1. re: Monica

        I am so glad you enjoyed going to Alstede. Plan now to come back later in July for the amazing blueberries, gooseberries, and black as well as red raspberries! You won't be disappointed! They should be at their peak towards the end of the month. You can usually also pick peaches then too. Nothing beats farm fresh fruit on a hot summer day! Like you we just wash them and add a dollop of whip cream or creme fresh, and dig in.

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      1. hey Monica,
        we found some great places for stawberry picking...although you should call first because we are nearing the end of the season: for additional places for picking and raspberry picking see our link:

        **Strawberry-picking season starts approximately the second week of June, but we recommend calling the farm before you venture out for picking….weather and seasons vary

        Sussex County Strawberry Farm, Andover, NJ, 973-579-5055
        Weekdays 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., sat 7 a.m.-4 p.m., sun 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

        Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ, 908-879-7189
        Daily: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (weather dependent
        )Pricing: $3.39 per pound + $5 admission per person (children under 2 free) Receive a $3 coupoun & free hay ride with admission.
        Strawberry Harvest Festival for two weekends (June 8 & 9) (June 15 & 16) Enjoy strawberry treats including strawberry icecream, shortcakes, shakes, sundaes, slushies, and pie! Take a hayride to pick your own strawberries or take part in the pony rides, moon bounce, wagon ride, and more!

        Stony Hill Gardens,Chester, NJ, 908-879-2696
        Daily 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (weather dependent)
        Pricing: $3.29/lb plus 50 cents per container

        Blueberry picking (season begins in July)

        Hillview Farms, Gillette, NJ, (908) 647-0957
        Daily: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
        (doesn’t start until first week of july)

        Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Jct., NY (845) 897-4377
        7 days a week, 9am to 6pm, May through November

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        1. re: BergenMama

          Thanks for the list. Alstede farm had nice strawbery ice cream!