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    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 07-Oct-2017
    Subject:  [PSP Dads Group] Apple Picking
    Comment:  We've gone apple picking the last couple of years at Alstede Farms (https://alstedefarms.com/). They're not too close, it's about an hour & a half drive, but the place is huge and has a lot of other activities and a variety of things to pick.One major plus was that last year we went late in the season, mid-October, and they still had plenty of apples, where most of the other local orchards were running low or done completely.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 04-Oct-2016
    Subject:  [PSPCookingGroup] What are the best apples for Apple Pie?
    Comment:  We just spent a few hours at Alstede in NJ, and they had tons of apples with more coming in. Also pumpkins, peppers, flowers, and more. It was a bit of a zoo in the kid area, but the apple picking was good. Lots of different kinds, too. We also got two really nice pumpkins. And yummy cider donuts and squash at the store there.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 02-Oct-2016
    Subject:   Pumpkin Patches and Apple Picking
    Comment:  It's not North but I HIGHLY recommend Alstede Farm near Chester, NJ. It's our go to and has it all.
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    On 27-Sep-2015
    Subject:  Alstede Farm on the weekends?
    Comment:  I have been to this farm on the weekend many times and it is usually crowded. However, I noticed ever since they raised their admission prices this year the crowds are not as bad. We do try to go in the morning though.
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    On 17-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Strawberry/blueberry picking - Thank you and Summary
    Comment:  I took my boys to Alstede Farms in NJ few weeks ago. It is a little over an hour from park slope. They have a lot of other activities for the kids as well(July 2014)
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    On 17-Aug-2014
    Subject:  Re: Strawberry/blueberry picking?
    Comment:  I liked Alstede Farms in NJ last year, in addition to pick your own there are farm animals and a farm store (highly recommend the salsa!). However, last year we were able to go when PYO fees were waived (tues and Wed morning, I think? But would check the website). Otherwise there is a fee of $5 per person over 2, though it includes a coupon (for $2 I think) to apply to the fruit you pick. I'm finding the fee a bit annoying as this year I want to go on another day! So would love to hear about other places people like, please post to list.Bonus points for northern NJ or lower Westchester, trying to do this with a friend and have it not be a crazy drive for either of us!
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 28-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: pumpkin picking
    Comment:  Alstede farms in NJ has amazing pumpkin picking and a great hayride out to the patches. There's a petting zoo and a great HUGE haystack for climbing. A warning, though- bring your own lunch. The food was just terrible. Otherwise, we had a really positive experience there. The farm gets some negative reviews since a lot of the activities cost extra. I agree, it was a bit of a scam, but we just ignored those and enjoyed the haystack, animals and pumpkins. And I have to say, having gone pumpkin picking a lot, these patches are exceptionally beautiful and very removed from the main road. You feel very isolated in the best possible way. Have fun!
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 28-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Help me find the perfect Apple picking spot?
    Comment:  We went to Alstede Farms yesterday in Chester, NJ. It took an hour and 15 to get there from North Slope via Staten Island, and I highly recommend! They had Pick your own: apples, pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, raspberries, eggplants, and others. There we also bunnies, chickens, goats, sheep, cows, horses, ducks and a peacock, and a little shed filled with dried feed corn and toys for kids to play in. They also had hayrides to the various fields, a hay pyramid to climb, and a corn maze, as well as a shop with home made treats, including the requisite apple cider donuts and hot apple cider, as well as homemade ice cream and a large selection if produce. The entire place was very picturesque, and best yet it is open weekdays!!! We went on a Monday early afternoon, and there was only one other family in the hayride with us, and about 5 in the huge pumpkin patch when we were there.... Very peaceful! There is a $5 entry fee per person (under 2 free) to pick your own, and I think things can get pricey a d crowded on the weekends, but weekdays this is the way to go!! :)
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 06-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Apple picking w/ tons of activities (corn maze, pony rides, etc...
    Comment:   I went there last year with my 4 year old and his best friend, and they loved it, but I thought it was a bit over-hyped. I am not sure I'd bother bringing a toddler - I think it's more for the older kids who can do the corn maze etc.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 06-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Apple picking w/ tons of activities (corn maze, pony rides, etc.
    Comment:   recommend Alstede Farms. if you want an apple picking place with a lot of kid activities: http://alstedefarms.com. We went yesterday. Pony rides, huge corn maze, farm animals, bouncy houses, hayride, wagon tractor ride, fire truck , homemade ice cream, etc Oh, also, apple picking (there were about 7 varieties), pick your own raspberries, blueberries, corn, green beans, potatoes etc. It's nicely organized and there are plenty of low fruits for the little ones. Tip: bring your own cloth bags or similar for picking. My kids loved it and we've been to many different pick your own farms / orchards.Every Fri & Sat night in Oct. they have a Harvest Moon Hayride & Night Time Corn Maze. Camp fire. They say to bring your own flashlights for the maze. We haven't done the night time festivities since we just found out about it when we were there but plan to soon….
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 06-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Re: Apple picking w/ tons of activities (corn maze, pony rides, etc.
    Comment:  I lived right near Alstede Farms for several years, and my parents still live there. We’ve brought my daughter (now 2.5 years) a few times and she’s had a blast. I’m not wholly on board with the vibe there (management is a bit surly), but for young kids I think it’s very fun.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 10-Mar-2013
    Comment:  Recommended by PSP Member without review