Harvest season is here,  which is the perfect excuse to head outdoors with your family and friends and enjoy the crisp fall weather. What better way to ring in autumn and truly experience nature than by visiting an apple orchard? Not to mention apple picking makes for the perfect mini staycation.

The apples are ripe and ready at these great orchards and cider mills in our local area.  Types of apple varieties available vary by time of season, so be sure to call ahead to confirm what are currently on offer (or you may...well...find yourself up a tree).

Noted below are my favorite top picks:

Dreyer Farms
831 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
908.276.1290
www.dreyerfarms.com

Wightman’s Farms
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
973.425.9819
www.wightmansfarms.com

Hillview Farm
223 Meyersville Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
908.647.0957
www.hillviewfarmnj.com

Melick’s Town Farm
170 Oldwick Road
Oldwick, New Jersey 08858
908.439.2318
www.melickstownfarm.com

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ 07930
908.879.7189
www.alstedefarms.com