• Alstede Farms: Apple and Pumpkin Picking Galore

    If you’re looking for a fun farm outing this fall {or just want to experience a taste of fresh produce}, there are tons of apple and pumpkin farms worth a visit this season. We recently visited Alstede Farms, located in Chester {about an hour drive from Hoboken + Jersey City} that features large fields perfect for fresh fruit and vegetable picking as well as lots of kid-friendly activities to keep everyone happy.

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    Make Your Plan

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    Since the fields at Alstede Farms are pretty expansive, the first thing you may want to do is get on the U-Pick line and check out what the farm has to offer — $13 will get you a large cardboard box for picking, a map and a wristband, which grants you access to a free hayride that will drop you off at any of the fields available for picking. The most popular things to pick this time of year are apples {choose from 17 different varieties including Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp} and pumpkins, but the farm also has raspberries, peaches, potatoes and eggplant in season.

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    Once you get off the hayride at your chosen stop, you are free to pick to your heart’s content {and if you want to sample an apple or two while picking, no judgment} and upon exiting the farm, you’ll pay for your pickings on the checkout line.

    Food Options

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    Alstede also offers a bunch of options in the way of food and desserts — the food tent includes pulled pork sandwiches {which are pretty delicious}, hot dogs, bratwurst, fries and mac and cheese {also a stellar option}. For something sweet, the homemade ice cream stand has plenty of refreshing flavors including Pumpkin Chip {pumpkin ice cream with chocolate chips, definitely a winner} as well as Moose Tracks and Cotton Candy {and for a refresher try an apple cider slushie — pictured above}. Visitors can also pop into the Tomasello Winery tent and enjoy plenty of samples from this Hammonton winery including Witch’s Brew, a spiced, heated wine that is on-point for fall.

    See More: 15 Fall Events in New Jersey + Beyond {Within 1-2 Hours of Hoboken + Jersey City} 

    Other Activities

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    If you’re not in the fresh produce type of mood but would like to participate in some farm entertainment, there are plenty of other activities to partake in including a corn maze, lots of bouncy houses and live entertainment for the kiddos. Another worthy attraction is the full-fledged petting zoo with donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, roosters and lots more, with the option to buy some feed for the animals if you want to give them a treat.

    Shopping

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    The fully stocked general store is the best place to stop on your way out — here you can buy {what else} more fresh produce, gourds {for your fall decorating, of course} and check out more wine tasting options from Tomasello. Also, don’t miss out on the seriously yummy fresh baked goods including pies {pecan, shoofly and cherry are just some of the varieties}, caramel apples, apple cider donuts {because what’s fall without one of those?}, and even gluten-free baked goods so everyone can enjoy a little something.

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    All in all, Alstede is a great place to spend the day, whether going with friends or family, and it’s an excellent way to get out there and enjoy the fall!

    See More: Your Guide to Pumpkin + Apple Picking in North Jersey

    Have you been to Alstede Farms? Share your expderience with us below!

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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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