Day Trips

Day Trip: Pumpkin Picking at Demarest Farms

demarest farms

There are Pumpkin Picking Farms aplenty in the Garden State. The best known are huge farms that offer all-day fun with hay rides, corn mazes, and petting zoos. Those places, while very popular, tend to get packed on the weekend. After a few hours of the crowds, I’m nearly out of my gourd. So my favorite farm for our annual autumn outing is Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ.

demarest farms

Just 25 minutes from my home of Montclair, Demarest Farms offers fun hayrides, plenty of photo ops, corn mazes, and amazing apple cider doughnuts—but on a much smaller scale.

Demarest Farms

I can’t lie and say that there aren’t crowds, but if you arrive at the farm when it opens at 10 am on the weekend, you’ll be able to eat delicious doughnuts, take photos, hop on the hayride, pet some animals, and pick your pumpkins all in just about an hour. It’s the perfect pumpkin picking place for families with young children or those who are looking for a quick outing.

demarest farms

demarest farms

demarest farms

Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ
(201) 666-0472
Hours: M – F, 3 to 4:30 pm / Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am – 4:30 pm
*Special Columbus Day hours  10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $5 per person admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch. $9 per pumpkin.

Happy picking!

2 thoughts on “Day Trip: Pumpkin Picking at Demarest Farms”

  1. I made a reservation for Pumpkin Picking for October 5, 2016 At 10. How much will the cost be for each child? We will have about 40-42 children attending with chaperones in total.

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  2. Hi Martha,

    Group rates are different and, according to the website, are $10 per person, which includes a cup of fresh apple cider, a donut, hay wagon ride, visit with farm animals at the petting zoo, playground; plus the largest pumpkin that you can pick!

    Happy picking and send us photos! (


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