You and the family have done a lot of picking together: apples, pumpkins, maybe even your own Christmas tree. But have you ever ventured into acres of flowers of all kinds and snipped a few stems right from the field? A flower u-pick outing not only produces some lovely blooms for your home/floral crown/a gift for grandma, it also provides the unique experience of standing amongst literally thousands of blooms. We’ve rounded up our favorite area farms where you can do just that and lots more. Click through for our picking picks!

Alstede Farms

Picking your own flowers at Alstede Farms has never been easier. During harvest season (mid July-October), pack up your brood for an afternoon of fragrant fun. Flowers go for $1 a stem, plus an entry fee of $5.99 per person on weekdays and $6.99 on weekends. If you want to get a head start, get there before 11 a.m. on a weekday for free admission. The farm is packed with beautiful sunflowers ready for picking, and the farm’s annual sunflower maze is out early this year. This farm is also one of our favorites for “U-pick” fruits & veggies as well. Sweet Corn, vegetables (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes), peaches, cantaloupe, nectarines, honeydew and canary melon are all in season during the “cut your own flower” season, so pick up some produce while you're at it.

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln.
Chester, Nj
(908) 258-6245
Online: alstedefarms.com

photo courtesy of skyseeker via Flickr

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— Ilyssa Smith