Apples in South Jersey are Ready for Picking

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Mood's Farm Market is one of several pick-your-own farms in Mullica Hill, NJ. (Photo: Kelly Roncace)

SOUTH JERSEY — The leaves are turning to orange and yellow, and school buses are back on the streets.

Fall is just around the corner and that means it’s apple picking season in South Jersey.

The first of September to the last of October is prime time for apples, and this year’s crop is looking plentiful.

When picking apples from the branch, Mood’s Farm Market in Mullica Hill advises grasping the fruit firmly and gently twisting the apple to break it away from the limb. Do not yank the apple from the tree because the jolt could cause other apples to fall.

The first of September to the last of October is prime time for apples, and this year’s crop is looking plentiful.

Once the apples are picked, store them in the refrigerator and they will stay fresh for several weeks. Even though there are only a few farms that allow visitors to wander into the orchard and pick their own apples, the bright red (or yellow or green) fruit can be found throughout the southern end of the Garden State.

Check out these South Jersey farms that welcome visitors to pick their own apples, or offer apples for sale in the farmers market.

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PICK YOUR OWN FARMS:

Duffield’s Farm Market (Greentree and Chapel Heights roads in Sewell) 
Visitors can pick their own apples Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Hayrides leave the farm market parking lot every half hour. Cost is $4 per rider, $10 for a small bag of apples and $18 for a large bag of apples. For more information, visit duffieldsfarm.com or call 856-589-7090.

Hill Creek Farms (1631 State Highway 45 in Mullica Hill)
Hill Creek Farms offers Jonagold, Red Delicious, and Cameo apples, each for $1.95 a pound when you pick them yourself. Hill Creek offers apple picking packages for birthday parties, and parties that include the gem mining attraction. For more information, visit hillcreekfarms.com or call 856-223-0028.

Mood's apple picking Mood’s Farm Market (901 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill)
Mood’s Farm produces 10 different types of apples including Gala, Red Delicious, and Fuji. Families can board a hayride and take a trip to the apple orchard to pick a three-pound bag of apples, and also enjoy apple cider and an apple cider donut, every hour from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Sept. 9. For more information, visit Moodsfarmmarket.com or call 856-478-2500. http://www.moodsfarmmarket.com/Pick_Your_Own/Apples/apples.html

Heritage Vineyards (480 Mullica Hill Road in Mullica Hill)
Heritage Vineyards is offering apple picking from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through October at $1.25 per pound. In October, there will be hayrides to the apple orchard, live music, and food trucks on the premises from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Visit heritagewinenj.com or call 856-589-4474 for more information.

WHERE TO PURCHASE ALREADY PICKED APPLES: 

Badaracco Farms Inc. (954 Union Road in Vineland)
Badaracco Farms carries Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Red Delicious, and Stayman/Winesap apples in their farm market. Hours through September are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through December. Call 609-381-6294 for more information.

Rottkamp Farms Inc. (780 Shiloh Pike in Bridgeton)
Fresh apples are available at the Rottkamp farm market from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays through October. For more information, call 856-451-2359.

Sunny Slope Farms (400 Greenwich Road in Bridgeton)
Several varieties of apples including Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden and Red Delicious are available at Sunny Slope Farms daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September. Visit sunnyslope.com or call 856-451-0022 for more information.

Pennsville Farm and Custard (358 North Broadway in Pennsville)
This Pennsville farm stand offers Red and Yellow Delicious, Courtland, Rom and Fuji apples daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 856-678-2334 for more information.

Mood's apple picking

All photos by Kelly Roncace

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