Nothing says fall like doing some apple picking, so today Zelda and I decided to check out Strawberry Hill Farm in Chesterfield, NJ.
Not a day goes by, well, a week day at least, that I don't see the sign for Strawberry Hill Farm on my way to work. They have the u-pick signs right on the main drag that I take to work, and I have always wondered where this place was. Needless to say, it is pretty easy to get to, and only about a 10 minute drive from our CSA, Fernbrook Farms. Note that they can also be found on Facebook by clicking here.
So off we went, to the orchard behind the garage. If I had to guess, there were 16 rows or so of trees, and like he said, each one was individually labeled with the variety. We started in the next to last row with the Gold Delicious apples, and we both immediately started to look for an apple to sink our teeth into!
From here, we went row to row, and grabbed anything from the Golden Delicious, to Fuji, Empire, and Rome. The one varietal however we couldn't find were the Granny Smith's, but we'll get to this momentarily.
We had filled our bucket, and headed back to the shop to pay for our apples. When all was said and done, our grand total came to $10 at a rate of .70 cents per pound. You really can't beat that for apples right off the tree that were absolutely delicious.
As we were leaving, the gentleman mentioned that they were hoping to stay open for another month or so, which I think is great So with that being said, we'll probably be back so long as the weather holds out! The homemade apple sauce that Zelda made is delicious, so it's just a matter of time before we need some more apples!
All in all, it was a nice day, and a great place at affordable prices to pick apples! That being said, check it out for yourself, and tell them that F. Scott and Zelda sent ya! Cheers!
Strawberry Hill Farm
3 Waln Road
Chesterfield, NJ 08515
Open daily 9AM-5PM No dogs please.
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