I’ve had so many people ask me where to go apple picking close to NYC, and until now, I didn’t have a strong suggestion. Yesterday I went on a school field trip to Terhune Farm, close to Princeton, New Jersey. It’s such a great farm for apple picking, getting pumpkins and mums (which normally I don’t like, but theirs were beautiful)…and plenty of other things to do, like feed the farm animals, play on the wooden tractor, corn maze, etc. Since I was with the school, I couldn’t get out and explore the area, but it’s right by Lawrenceville and Princeton, so there are lots of options to build around a visit to the farm. The apples are not organic, but the farm uses a natural chemical from the oil of pyrethrum which they get from the mums they grow. They do grow a lot of other produce that is organic. It’s prime-time this weekend for foliage, and the weather looks to be great for both Saturday and Sunday. If you have other suggestions or favorite spots, please share here!


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Comments (3)


  1. this looks awesome! thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Posted by: Patricia Falvo Held

    Another great spot is the Jenkins-Lueken Orchard in New Paltz. It has pumpkins, an apple orchard, a corn maze, and a hay ride that comes with a beautiful view of the Gunks. The best part, though, is the beer and food at the very quaint and kid-friendly Mountain Brauhaus down the road!

  3. Posted by: Chris S.

    I love Jenkins-Luekens, but I didn’t think you could pick your own apples there. And they’re also not organic. The Brauhaus is a great value with good, hearty food.

    For organic apples (next year), head over the mountain from New Paltz to Westwind Orchard in Accord.

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