Alstede Farms

Summer Farm Fun

Historic barns, fruit-laden orchards, pastoral landscapes—the charm of the New Jersey countryside sets the scene for a day or a weekend that will transport you to simpler times. This summer, experience fun on the farm with these outdoor activities.

Day Trips: U-Pick Farms, Farm Tours & More

New Jersey isn’t called the Garden State for nothing. Load up with fresh fruits at Alstede Farms in Chester, where you can pick-your-own in-season fruits and veggies—including blueberries, raspberries, peaches, beans and more. Check out the farm’s active events calendar for loads of family fun—from pony and tractor-pulled wagon rides to festivals to live entertainment.

At Cherry Grove Farm in Lawrenceville, join one of the guided pasture walks to learn about the farm’s operations and sustainable practices. Hands-on cheesemaking and other foodie-fun classes are also available on the farm.

For a farm-fresh dining experience, visit Cecil Creek Farm in Mickleton, where you can stock up on seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, honey, cheeses and more—harvested right from their fields or other local farms, or stop by The Café for farm-to-fork breakfast and lunch favorites.

Overnight Experiences: Farm Inns 

Looking to escape the everyday and extend your stay in the country? Reserve a room or suite at the tranquil Woolverton Inn in Stockton, a bed and breakfast nestled into 300 acres of farmland and forests. You can enjoy a complementary three-course country breakfast in the morning before strolling the bucolic grounds.

If you’re an oenophile, consider a vineyard stay at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City or one of six cottages situated on the grounds of Willow Creek Winery & Farm in West Cape May.

Looking for more inspiration? Explore all farms and orchards and wineries and vineyards in the Garden State or download a free travel guide. Before you head out, be sure to check the official website of your desired destination to determine if advance reservations are required. And stay in-the-know by signing up for our e-newsletter.