July and August bring bumper crops of berries to area farms, and heading out to pick your own blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and more is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. We’ve rounded up a list of local farms less than a two-hour drive from New York City where you can do just that, and along with produce ready to pick, many of them offer picnic areas, petting zoos, play areas and other kid-friendly features on-site. (Note: it’s always good to call ahead to get the latest on crop conditions.) Click through to find out where to load up on summer’s bounty!
For Berry Picking With a Water Feature: Johnson’s Corner Farm
Johnson’s is one of the largest U-pick farms in South Jersey. The big crops for summer 2016 are blueberries, corn and string beans. Johnson's also offers hayrides around the farm as well as a Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm where your tots can feed animals, tackle the obstacle course and and those hot summer days cool off at a mini water playground dubbed the "splash pad." Plus: a pedal go-kart track!
Distance from NYC: 1 hour, 30 mins
133 Church Rd
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
photo: via Johnson's Corner Farm Facebook page
Do you have a favorite spot to pick berries with the kids? Tell us in the comments!