Imagine biting in to a juicy sweet nectarine or peach just picked off the tree. That’s exactly what we experienced last week after visiting Demarest Farm.
Demarest Farm is a family owned picking farm since 1970. In the summer they offer peach picking, and in the fall, apple picking. The peach/nectarine picking season is over, but this weekend the apple picking season will begin.
There is a tractor that transports visitors to the orchard to pick the fruit. There is a per person fee of $7 for the tractor ride. $10 is the price for a bag (1 peck) to fill with freshly picked fruit. After you fill your bag, the tractor driver takes a longer more scenic route back to the stop across the Farm Store.
Demarest also has a petting zoo with a variety of farm animals such as goats, llamas, pigs and chickens. There are also some adorable fuzzy bunnies in cages. There is a beautiful picnic and play area outside near the petting zoo. There is no extra charge for the petting zoo and play area.
We visited Demarest Farm again in the Fall to pick apples. It was as enjoyable as the peach picking and more. Right by the apple orchard there are some play tractors and playhouses. There is also a second petting zoo with space to play.
Posted: September 1, 2017
Updated: October 6, 2019
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
244 Wierimus Road
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Apple Picking: Begins on August 31, 2019.Open to the public Saturday, Sunday and all holidays 9am to 4:30pm, and Monday thru Friday 3pm to 4:30pm.
Price: $5 per person (Age 2 and over) General Admission, which includes free parking, entrance to peach orchard, hay wagon ride, petting zoo, and picnic area with tables; plus $12 for a bag to hold the peaches that you pick! (Peach Bag holds approximately 10 lbs.)
Children under 2 – FREE
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 50 minutes
Lakewood: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Monsey: 20 minutes