By Dane Feldman
Photo by Dane Feldman.
For as long as I can remember, my family and I have gone apple picking at Melick’s Town Farm at least once every autumn. Melick’s is located about 40 miles straight west of New York City in Oldwick, New Jersey and is well worth the trip.
Melick’s boasts an impressive resume, including almost 300 years of local farming. The enterprise is now the “largest fruit grower in Central and Northern New Jersey, with over 650 acres of land,” which includes 20,000 apple trees in its orchards.
The orchard in Oldwick is well organized and fitted with plenty of signage, so it isn’t too overwhelming to find the apples you want without getting lost. Pickers can find Gala, Cortland, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Liberty Winesap, Fuji, Empire, Macoun, Jonagold, Mutsu, Rome, Cameo, Red and Golden Delicious apples. My family and I usually just pick the Empires and Macouns, but Melick’s allows patrons to mix and match so you can take a little bit of everything.
The Oldwick location also houses a working cider mill where folks can watch as cider is made and taste the freshest batch before purchasing a bottle.
Depending on the season, you can also pick your own flowers, pumpkins, peaches, and strawberries at Melick’s, so it’s a great place to keep in mind year round. The farm also sells a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, preserves, cider doughnuts, and fresh pies at most of its locations as well as farmer’s markets throughout New Jersey. Hayrides are ongoing through the end of October and autumn is certainly the height of Melick’s popularity.
The Oldwick location is adjacent to downtown Oldick, which is an adorably quaint north Jersey town deserving of a visit. Everything about this area is remarkably charming making Melick’s Town Farm the perfect place for families to spend a fall afternoon.
For some photos of the Melick Town Farm and other apple picking pictures, check out our photoblog.