This weekend, my family and I went to a sunflower farm in central New Jersey. We had gone last year around this same time and got amazing photographs (and it was raining).
So, we made the hour-long drive on a beautiful Saturday to enjoy some family time. When we got there, we paid the entrance fee and boarded the tractor to get to the sunflower fields. Grace has never had a tractor ride and she enjoyed it.
It was an endless sea of sunflowers. And there were even old, rundown trucks — painted in bright, cheerful colors — placed around the fields to help create some beautiful backdrops for photoshoots. We took photos at each of them and also next to cute inspirational signs and a growing chart found in the fields. There was even an old crawl tub to sit in and get an Instagram-worthy shot.
Bonus: You can also cut down the sunflowers (at a cost) and bring them home.
Overall, it was a fun afternoon trip (or early morning to beat the crowds) to take in the fall.
“A sunflower field is like a sky with a thousand suns.” — Corina Abdulahm-Negura
Sunflower fields in New Jersey
- Happy Day Farm, 106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan
- Sussex County Sunflower Maze at
LiberyFarm, 101 Route 645, Sandyston
- Donaldson Farms, 358 Allen Road, Hackettstown
- Holland Ridge Farms, 86 Rues Road, Cream Ridge
- Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, 2691 Monmouth Road, Jobstown
- Johnson’s Corner Farm, 133 Church Road, Medford
- Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
PLEASE NOTE: Most sunflower fields in New Jersey are in bloom from late August until mid-September. Please call or check websites to confirm that the fields and mazes are open.
*I apologize if I missed any locations in the area. The locations listed above promote sunflower picking and other sunflower activities on their websites.