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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Northwest New Jersey in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hunterdon County

  • Phillips Farms - Pick Your Own: Black raspberries, Red raspberries; strawberries; blueberries; apples; peaches; blackberries, pumpkins
    290 Church Road, Milford, NJ . Phone: (908) 995-0022. Email: marcphillips7@hotmail.com. Open: permanently closed. Directions: From Milford Route 519 N 22 miles to Church Road. Also has a roadside market with strawberries; asparagus; tomatoes; sweet corn; peaches; melons; apples; pumpkins. Call our recorded Information Line at 908-995-0022 to find out what\'s in season and for the most up-to-date picking information. Come enjoy a relaxing day at the farm and have yourself a family adventure. Many of our customers tell us tales of growing up and going with their families to blueberry or apple picking every year. This is an inexpensive and enjoyable day of fun for both kids and adults. We invite you and your family down to our farm for an old-fashioned day of wholesome entertainment. This year we will be offering strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, red and black raspberry, peach, and apple picking for your pleasure. Typically, strawberry season starts the end of May and goes through mid-June; blueberries are from the end of June through July; black raspberries are in season the end of June through mid July; blackberry season begins mid-July to mid-August; peaches start mid-July and continue through mid-September; red raspberries go from August through September; and apple season begins September and ends in October. Payment: cash and credit card as payment with a minimum purchase of $10 or more. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Phillips Farms Facebook page. . 7 days/week from May through August; The strawberry season typically begins in late May or early June. 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) in September and October; and open weekends only in November; Hours are from 8am-6pm; Please note: Pick-Your-Own is CLOSED ON TUESDAYS even when the Farm Stand is open. From Milford Route 519 N 22 miles to Church Road. Also has a roadside market with strawberries; asparagus; tomatoes; sweet corn; peaches; melons; apples; pumpkins. Call our recorded Information Line at 908-995-0022 to find out what's in season and for the most up-to-date picking information. Come enjoy a relaxing day at the farm and have yourself a family adventure. Many of our customers tell us tales of growing up and going with their families to blueberry or apple picking every year. This is an inexpensive and enjoyable day of fun for both kids and adults. We invite you and your family down to our farm for an old-fashioned day of wholesome entertainment. This year we will be offering strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, red and black raspberry, peach, and apple picking for your pleasure. Typically, strawberry season starts the end of May and goes through mid-June; blueberries are from the end of June through July; black raspberries are in season the end of June through mid July; blackberry season begins mid-July to mid-August; peaches start mid-July and continue through mid-September; red raspberries go from August through September; and apple season begins September and ends in October. Payment: cash and credit card as payment with a minimum purchase of $10 or more. FARM MARKET STORE UPDATE:has a new Farm Market store. It's located at 564 Milford-Warren Glen Rd (Rt 519), Milford NJ 08848 (just across from Dutch Mill). NEW HOURS will begin 03/15/2021: open 7 days a week from 9am-6:30pm. The Farm Market is open year-round. The Market sells our own farm-grown fruits and vegetables as well as locally-sourced produce and products, including dairy, baked goods, eggs, etc. The Church Road Farm Stand is now .A visitor writes in June 2006: "The summer would not be complete without at least 6 visits to the Phillips Farm. My 3 children including 3 year old twins love to pick at the farm We start the season with strawberries and end in the fall with apples. The farm is quiet, plentiful and not busy at all. We feel we have the place to ourselves. Mr. Phillips has done a wonderful job raising his crops. Thank you to the Phillips Farm for great family fun and for the fabulous fruit for my pies and jams."

Sussex County

  • Lucey's Berry Farm - Raspberries (summer - red & black; fall - heritage red); blueberries; sweet corn
    41 Beaver Run Road, Lafayette, NJ . Phone: (973) 383-4309. Email: jonlucey@warwick.net. Open: Daily, July thru October, 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: Off Route 15, 1st right past Lafayette Firehouse, 410 miles on Beaver Run Road . Click here for a map and directions. . Off Route 15, 1st right past Lafayette Firehouse, 4/10 miles on Beaver Run Road In addition to u-pick, there is pre-picked: Black raspberries; blueberries; summer red raspberries; fall heritage red raspberries; sweet corn. We also have Homemade jams & jellies.
    Comments from a visitor on June 25, 2010: "I called them today and they said they don't have blueberries yet but they will in a week or two. So, I guess they're still in operation."
  • Owassa Tree and Berry Farm - blackberries, blueberries, Christmas trees
    144 W. Owassa Turnpike, Frankford Twp., NJ . Phone: . Click here for a map and directions.
  • Rockywood Farm LLC - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, elderberries, herbs or spices, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), Raspberries (purple), Garlic, Hand washing station and Restroom available
    77 Madison Street, Newton, NJ 7860. Phone: (860) 961-2231. Email: RockywoodFarm@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June through August; Tuesday from 2pm to 8pm, Thursday 8am to 2pm, Saturday 8am to 2pm; If you prefer private picking, call for appointment. Directions: In the heart of Newton on the one-way section of Madison Street. Accessible off Route 206 via Maple Avenue and Elm Street or Spring Street in downtown Newton. Farm is located on the left hand side of the one-way section of Madison Street. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo.
    Rockywood Farm LLC Facebook page. . . Blueberry season is late June through August Raspberry season is late June through August Elderberry flower season is June through mid July Elderberry season - please call or email Garlic season is August through the fall. Certified Organic by NJ Dept of Agriculture Sept 2019.Baystate Organic Certifiers May 2022. Click here for a link to the Rockywood Farm Facebook page. (UPDATED: June 10, 2022) (ADDED: July 08, 2019)

Warren County

  • Race Farm - Apples; blueberries, broccoli; cabbage; pumpkins; beans (lima, snap); peppers; tomatoes; raspberries; eggplant; greens; Brussel sprouts; sunflowers
    87 Belcher Road, Blairstown, NJ . Phone: (908) 362-8151. Email: info@racefarmllc.com. Open: Daily, Apr. Directions: I-80 Exit 12, N on Route 521 go 2 2 miles, left onto Union Brick Road, follow directional signs.In addition to u-pick, there is pre-picked: Apples; pumpkins; vegetables. Our apple varieties are Cortland; Empire; Gala; Golden Delicious; Jonagold; Jonathan; Macoun; McIntosh; Red Delicious; StaymanWinesap. We also have Nursery stock; bedding plants; baked goods; pottery; WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Race Farm Facebook page. . . 1 - November 30, 9 am to 6 pm; PYO opens first week in July for blueberries, and cherries, veggies and apples follow as they are ready; You can call the farm for daily picking schedules. I-80 Exit 12, N on Route 521 go 2 2 miles, left onto Union Brick Road, follow directional signs.In addition to u-pick, there is pre-picked: Apples; pumpkins; vegetables. Our apple varieties are Cortland; Empire; Gala; Golden Delicious; Jonagold; Jonathan; Macoun; McIntosh; Red Delicious; Stayman/Winesap. We also have Nursery stock; bedding plants; baked goods; pottery; WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted. Our pick your own farm, at 87 Belcher Road Blairstown, will open Saturday July 7 and will remain open daily - 9-5pm, through October 31st. We look forward to another wonderful season! Our farm stand at 224 Rt. 94 is open daily year round, as is our cafe at 155 Rt. 94 Blairstown. PICK YOUR OWN! Our pick your own opens in July (with blueberries!) and runs till October 31st. We have a wide variety of fruits and veggies for picking, through the growing season. Crops available can differ week to week, so be sure to give us a call to see what we are picking on the day you visit. Atthere is never any admission fee! Free hayrides are available on weekends in the fall and you are also welcome to pack a picnic and relax in our beautiful picnic area.At the core of the farm, is our pick your own operation, which begins in July with pick your own blueberries and vegetables and continues with apples through October. We offer fresh pressed cider, baked goods, honey and homemade soups and salads. There is nothing more rewarding for our family, than seeing your family enjoying our farm! Have fun at one of our many weekend festivals which often include food and live music in a casual country atmosphere. There are never any extra charges at the farm and all are invited to relax and spend a little stress free time an old fashioned country environment! OurMarket located at 224 Rt. 94 is open daily 9am to 6pm and offers fresh produce, flash frozen locally caught fish, local meats, dairy and eggs as well as baked goods and healthy homemade soups and prepared meals. Also available is seasonal decor. We have a wide variety of fruits and veggies for picking, through the growing season. Crops available can differ week to week, so be sure to give us a call to see what we are picking on the day you visit.Atthere is never any admission fee! Free hayrides are available on weekends in the fall and you are also welcome to pack a picnic and relax in our beautiful picnic area!
    Comments from a visitor on September 20, 2009: "The best tomatoes in the state. Peppers, eggplant, cabbage, apples, raspberries. pumpkins. They have a restroom and a picnic area. No credit cards, free hayrides. Great cider and homebaked goods. Very, very nice people and great prices. I will never go anywhere else for Jersey produce. I love it. "
  • Von Thun Farms - apples, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (black), Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area you may bring your own food, inflatables or bounce houses, trike track, pedal kart track, mini-golf, pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    428 Route 57 West, Washington, NJ 7882. Phone: (908) 689-3761. Email: cindy@vonthunfarms.com. Open: Strawberries: mid - May thru early June Raspberries: mid - July thru August Blackberries: mid - July thru August Peaches: June, July, August Apples: mid - September thru October, Weekdays, 10am to 6:00pm, Weekends 9am to 5:30pm. Directions: Located between Tractor Supply and Warren County College on Route 57. Accessible from Route 78, Route 46 and Route 31. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers.
    Von Thun Farms Facebook page. . . . We use integrated pest management practices (IPM). With lots of raspberry and blackberry varieties to pick, they're available for picking all summer! There's a fee to pick, but it's deducted from your purchase at checkout. Strawberries will be available for picking, weather permitting, in late May.The availability of our berries depends on the weather and the seasons listed are approximate. Warm days and/or nights ripen the fruit. Cool days and/or nights delay ripening. Always call for current crop availability before heading out to the farm.(UPDATED: June 05, 2019)

 

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
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