New Jersey is the Garden State, so it’s no surprise that a treasure-trove of farms and wineries can be found throughout South Jersey’s Delaware River Region, which is home to some of the state’s largest agricultural bases.
Throughout the region, visitors can enjoy harvest festivals, wine tasting parties, u-pick fruits and vegetables, winemaking tours, hayrides, corn mazes and more. Farm stands, urban farmers’ markets, apple orchards and Christmas tree farms also dot the landscape.
Gloucester County is home to a wealth of u-pick farms. At Duffield’s Farm (www.duffieldsfarm.com) in Sewell, you can pick peas, strawberries, and pumpkins, as well as take hayrides, wander through a corn maze and experience the hands-on learning center. In Mullica Hill, you can fill your basket with apples, blackberries, blueberries, pears, raspberries, cherries, plums, grapes, nectarines, peaches and pumpkins at Moods Farm Market (www.moodsfarmmarket.com). And you’ll have your pick of okra, tomatoes, greens, collards, chowder peas and more at Royal Acre Farm in nearby Williamstown. Other u-pick farms within the county include Nate Bisconte Farm in Rosenhayn, Fehlauer Farm in Gibbstown, Fruitwood Farms in Monroeville, A.L. Gaventa & Son in Swedesboro, Nichols Orchard in Franklinville, and Rowand Farms in Glassboro.
In Camden County, the heart of Delaware River Region, Springdale Farms (www.springdalefarms.com) features u-pick strawberries, pumpkins and other vegetables. Springdale also sells New Jersey’s own signature wines, produced from three Garden State vintners.
Nearby in Burlington County, Johnson’s Corner Farm (www.johnsonsfarm.com) in Medford has u-pick strawberries, sweet corn, peaches, nectarines, sweet cherries, apples, pumpkins and more, while the nearby Indian Acres Tree Farm (www.indianacrestreefarm.com) is open mid-September for pumpkins and after Thanksgiving for trees.
If blueberries are a favorite, you’ve come to the right place. In Pemberton, check out Warren Ash, Fred + III, Griffin Farm, Tom Haines Blueberries, and Piper Blueberry Farm. Other blueberry centers include North Branch Blueberries in Browns Mills, Reeves Berries in New Lisbon, Thompson’s Blueberries and Edward Wells Blueberries in Vincentown, and Bud Wells Blueberry Farm and Worrell Blueberries in Chatsworth. Other area farms, where you can pick anything from spinach and squash to peppers and pears, include Conte Farm and Four Winds Farm in Tabernacle, Grossman Farms, Strawberry Hill Farm and Russo’s Orchard Lane Farm in Chesterfield, Lew’s Farm and Peaches Plus in Moorestown, Lewis Farm in Inidan Mills, River Side Homestead Farm in Cinnaminson, Robson Farm and Greenhouse in Wrightstown, and Specca Farm in Mt. Holly.
In Mercer County, Terhune Orchards (www.terhuneorchards.com) in Princeton features u-pick fruits and flowers, as well as annual festivals on their 200-acre farm. Visitors can also enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, cider, pies, farm animals and more.
Nearby, Lee Turkey Farm (leeturkeyfarm.com) in Hightstown features u-pick eggplant, broccoli, peppers, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pumpkins and more. Turkeys are also farm-raised here, and visitors can take seasonal farm tours. Other area farms include Grover Farm in Princeton Junction and Little Acres Farm Market in Pennington.
And in Salem County, one of the most rural areas of New Jersey, J & F Battiato Farms in Salem features u-pick strawberries ripe with flavor. But if wine is what pleases your palate, two wineries are stand-outs in the region. Valenzano Winery (www.valenzanowine) in Shamong, Burlington County, in the heart of the New Jersey Pinelands, produces the highest quality wines, specializing in fine red and white wines.
Nearby in Camden County, Amalthea Cellars in Atco features fine wine, wine cellars, tastings and tours at harvest time.