Use this glorious, exciting month of October to Go Apple Picking, Pumpkin Picking, or stop by your favorite New Jersey Fresh Farmers Market and Select  Your Favorite Freshly Picked Fruits and Vegetables....or take a ride and discover some of these worthy Farm Fresh places to visit!

Delicious Orchards, Route 34 South, Colts Neck, Call: 732.462.1989:Apple Cider, many varieties of apples, Full bakery for pies and cakes, Assorted Cheeses, Deli, Prepared foods and so much more!

Eastmont Orchards, Apple & Peach Picking in Season, located down the road from Delicious Orchards. Call: 732.542.5404.

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Donaldson’s Farms, Allen Road Farm Market, 358 Allen Road Hackettstown: Call: 908.852.9122. Pumpkin Festival, October 19th. Check website for details: WWW.DONALDSONFARMS.NET.
Pick your own pumpkins, gourds and Indian Corn. Hayrides on the weekend. For apples and fresh produce visit Donaldson’s Farm at the Westfield Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning through October.

Melick’s Town Farm, 170 Oldwick Rd., Oldwick, Call: 908.439.2318: Seasonal  fruits and vegetables, plants and shrubs, Jams and Jellies, Baked Goods, Cider, Pumpkins and Christmas Trees and Wreaths.
*Cider Mill, 19 King St., Oldwick
*Bridgewater Farm Market, 351 Route 28, Bridgewater
*Califon Farm Stand, 472 Country Road 513, Califon

Happy Day Farm, Pumpkin Pickin’, 97 Daum Road, Manalapan. Call:732.997.3607Advertising New Jersey’s Newest and Largest 10 Acre Corn Maze! 10 acre Pumpkin Patch, Corn Stalk Tunnel, Pumpkin Blaster, Hayrides Pony Rides, Pig Races, Petting Zoo and so much more: Open to October 27th., 97 Daum Road, Manalapan. Call:732.997.3607.

TERHUNE ORCHARDS, Cold Soil Road, Princeton, Call: 609,924,2310: Fall Harvest Festival! Every weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through to October 27th. Cider Farm Market, Adventure Barn, Pumpkin Picking & Painting, Farm Wagon Rides, Pony Rides, Corn Stalk Maze, Wine Tasting Room, Country Food and Pies, Pick your own Apples on Van Kirk Farm, Every day from 9 to 5 p.m.  Local Bands every weekend. Weekend Festival Admission: $5 (kids under 3, free). No admission charge for Market Tasting Room or Pick-Your-Own!

Williams Nursery, 524 Springfield Ave, Westfield: 908.232.4076
Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides Saturday, Sunday and Columbus Day. Gorgeous Apples at least 5 different variety every day. Apple and Pumpkin Butter. Large Variety of Heirloom Pumpkins which would look stunning on your front porch. Great selection of Mums and Flower Bulbs.

Dryer Farms, 831 Springfield Ave., Cranford, Call: 908.276.1290
A local Fresh Farmer’s Market Many varieties of apples, cranberries, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, Lima beans, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, celery, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, gorgeous plants, cookies, fresh bread. Do stop by. Locals visit daily for fresh from the farm produce.

Shopping local farms and Farmer’s Markets appears to be what smart folks are doing these days. Much like the days when we were little kids, and our Moms would take us to the grocery store, hand us a small brown bag, and tell us to fill it up with our fruits and veggies of choice, you can actually do that at a Farmer’s Market or local Farm Stand.
Of course, we don’t always have the luxury of a Farm Stand in our neighborhood, but don’t despair. Search one out. You’ll be thrilled with your fresh from the Farm purchase. I can almost guarantee it!
Let me know what works for you, and where you’ve discovered your favorite Farmer’s Market or Farm Stand.
Best for the week!

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Located in the former home of Gabi’s Sushi and Noodles
13 Elm Street
Westfield, New Jersey