Harvest Weekends

Join us for our Harvest Weekends at Donaldson Farms and enjoy a day of fall fun! You’ll enjoy all the quintessential fall farm activities set in the backdrop of our 500 acre, modern-day family farm and surrounded by stunning vistas and mountain views.

Harvest Weekend Activities: Sat. & Sun. 10am – 5pm

  • Pick-your-own pumpkins and Indian corn
  • Pick-your-own apples
  • Hayrides to and from the apple orchard and pumpkin patch
  • Corn maze
  • Corn cannon
  • Pony rides (Noon-4PM)
  • Duck races
  • Delicious food (fresh off the grill hamburgers, hot dogs, cheese steaks, mac & cheese, and more)
  • Vendors (a variety of artisan and craft vendors each weekend)
  • Music
  • Candy and Caramel Apples
  • Fresh baked cider donuts, pies and breads
  • Hot apple cider and hot chocolate
  • Visit the farm animals
  • Large sandbox for children

Farm Market Weekend Hours: Saturdays  & Sundays 8am – 7pm

DATES: Click here to view dates

COST: No entry fee. Activities and food priced individually. PYO activities are priced by the pound.

Sign up now for Farm Camp!

A unique, educational and fun-filled week of fresh air on the farm for children six years old and up! This year, Donaldson Farms will offer TWO engaging Farm Camp Programs: Little Farmers (children ages 5 – 10 yrs old) and Farm Camp Extreme (children ages 11 yrs and up).

Farm Camp is an opportunity for your child to experience what it is like on a daily basis at Donaldson Farms. Your children will make new friends, observe and participate in planting and harvesting activities, learn how to care for our farm animals, create arts and crafts projects, enjoy healthy eating and living lessons, participate in cooking lessons, sample freshly picked fruits and vegetables and of course play great summer games!

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Corn Maze Design Contest

Every season our guests ask “What is your corn maze design going to be this year?” This season, our theme is “Brighten Someone’s Day” and YOU could be the one to design it!

Donaldson Farms is pleased to share that $1 from every entry into our corn maze this season will be donated to Tomorrows Children’s Fund! Our family and staff have selected this caring and encouraging organization as the inspiration of this year’s theme in honor and support of so many friends and local families that have had their children hospitalized, in treatment and battling many illnesses.

Design our 2018 corn maze!

Get your creative caps on, think about how Tomorrows Children’s Fund helps our community and draw what you feel would brighten someone’s day. If there is someone special who inspires your drawing then feel free to tell us about them – there is an area for this on the entry form (not required). Artwork from the winning entry will be featured in our 2018 nine-acre corn maze! Winner will also receive a Fall Fun Farm Prize Pack – goodies from our farm market for you to enjoy a special visit to our farm!

Contest Rules

  • Must be 17 years of age and under to enter.
  • All entries must be submitted on our official Corn Maze Design Contest entry form.
  • All entries must be designed in black or blue ink
  • Deadline: All entries must be received – or postmarked if using US Mail – by 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 20th, 2018.
  • By entering you understand that the original design may be altered and edited for corn maze design purposes and that the artwork itself will be shared and promoted in conjunction with our 2018 Fall season farm marketing campaign.
  • Winning Corn Maze Design will be selected by Donaldson Farms Family and staff. Winner will be notified on or shortly after May 30th, 2018.

Options for Entering:

  1. Drop off at our Farm Market:
    358 Allen Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
  2. Email: cornmazecontest@gmail.com
  3. Mail to:
    Donaldson Farms – Corn Maze Design Contest
    176 Airport Road
    Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Want to help TCF?

Want to help out Tomorrows Children’s Fund? Donaldson Farms farm market will accept the following new items to be donated to TCF from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th only.

Please keep in mind TCF supports patients from newborns to 22 years of age. No stuffed animals, please. TCF cannot accept stuffed animals. We will not accept used items. Thank you for your support!

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Play-Doh
  • Bubbles
  • Educational Toys
  • Teen themed arts & crafts
  • Pajamas

Awesome Athletes & Family Day

April 29 – Come join the fun of a walk-a-thon and family fun day, while helping raise money for the Special Olympics New Jersey Area 3 – Morris, Sussex, & Warren. The day will begin with an energizing walk around scenic Donaldson Farms and continue with activities for people of all ages to participate in on the farm. Rain or Shine! This event is presented by the students of Centenary University’s Event Administration Class and hosted by Donaldson Farms.

Schedule:
10:45am – Registration Opens

11:45am – Opening Remarks

12:00pm – Walk Begins

1:00pm – Family Fun Day Activities Begin

**1:30pm – Hackettstown K9 Unit Demonstration

**2:30pm – Centenary Univ. President, David Haney & Lisa Baldwin Performance!

**3:15pm – Hackettstown K9 Unit Demonstration!


– Visit with Special Olympics Athletes
Sauced & Rubbed BBQ!
– Face Painting
– Glitter Tattoos & Balloon Animals by ‘Clowns & Gowns’
– Theatre Performance
– Corn Hole
– Cotton Candy
– Popcorn
– Pony Rides
– Hay Rides 1pm & 3pm
– Laser Tag

Registration for the walk-a-thon includes participation in the walk-a-thon and family fun day activities (Pony rides, hayrides included. Laser tag and food are not included).

Registration Fees:
Participants ages 12+ cost $15
Participants ages 5 – 12 cost $10.
Children under 4 are free to participate in the walk-a-thon.
Special Olympics Athletes cost $5 and must register the day of wearing a uniform or by bringing a medal.

Participants can pre-register online or register in person on the day of event.
To pre-register for the walk
head to https://alumni2.centenaryuniversity.edu/2018AwesomeAthletes.

There is no entry fee for the family fun day activities. Each activity priced individually and can be paid for the day of with cash only.

Food will be available for purchase at an additional cost for all participants of the walk-a-thon and family fun day activities.

Awesome Athletes Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day will take place rain or shine!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Donaldson Farms
Smith Ford Motor Company
AutoSport Chevorlet of Mt. Olive
Taphouse Grille
Marley’s Gotham Grill
JCS Painting & Construction
Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs
Professional Services
Little People’s Academy
Stensgaard Painting
Avelino’s Energy Services
3 Brother’s Restaurant
Sussex County Miners/ NJ Jackals

Book Your Field Trip

Plan your next field trip and bring your class or group for an educational, fun, and unforgettable day on a modern, family owned and operated, 500+ acre working produce farm. We can tailor any program to your goals for your students or group, and make sure you have a fantastic time meeting those goals as well! Tours can be customized based on grade and age level. Each tour may include a planting project that everyone takes home, an educational lesson, an interactive tractor hayride tour of the farm, time with our farm animals, and a tasty snack! No visit is the same!

Reservations / More Information:

Please call (908) 852-9122  x 2 or send an email to events@donaldsonfarms.net for more information or to reserve your desired date and time. We promise to create a farm experience that your group will remember for many years to come!

Harvest Fest Weekend (10/14-15)

Honoring our Veterans and Active Members of the U.S. Military

Join us for this special weekend (Saturday, 10/14 and Sunday 10/15 from 10AM to 4PM) as we honor veterans, active military personnel, and first responders (police officers, firefighters, and EMTs)!

Every October weekend at Donaldson Farms is fun-filled, but our Harvest Fest Weekend is extra-special and packed with all the quintessential autumn actives you can expect from a fall festival PLUS special guests, vendors, live music and more. We’ll honor our Veterans and active members of the U.S. Military in special ways throughout the weekend and provide opportunities for you to give back to the men and women who give their lives for our safety and freedom every day!

FREE Corn Maze Admission for Military and First Responders

During both days of this special weekend veterans, active military personnel, and first responders with proper ID get FREE entry into our military-themed, 9-acre corn maze! Also, $1 from each corn maze ticket this season will be donated to Welcome Home Vets of NJ!

Portraits of Love (Saturday Only)

Portrait of LovePortrait of LoveWho is your favorite member of the military? Treat them to a FREE ‘Portrait of Love’ family photography session on the farm Saturday, October 14th, 12-4pm! Donaldson Farms is proud to host this memory making event! Professional photographers, Rick Gerrity (Panasonic Luminary) and Ulla Vinkman are offering military, active and retired, and their family a 15 minute mini session. Shutterfly will provide an exclusive code for you to access your photos for free. Click here to learn more and reserve your session soon – limited time slots available. Rain or Shine.

 


Other Activities

 

Harvest, Cook, & Dine

Chef Eric LeVineFoodies, this is your night! Experience farm-to-plate as you never have before with Morris Tap & Grill Executive Chef and Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ Champion, local Chef Eric LeVine, at Donaldson Farms’ 500+ acre working, family owned & operated produce farm! You harvest fresh ingredients and enjoy an interactive, entertaining, hands-on cooking lesson -­- an amazing, fun, and unique dining experience on the farm! A seasonal delectable menu is created for a memorable experience!

This culinary event is limited to 24 participants with 12 workstations – 2 guests per station. Limited seating ensures a fun night with individual attention and guidance by our staff.

Our guests are asked to arrive at the farm by 6:00pm. We will board a hayride wagon and travel through fields of scenic farmland to pick-your-own vegetables, produce and/or herbs for the evening! After we return, we’ll head to our prep stations to cook ingredients under the direction of Chef Eric. To close out the evening, we will enjoy our your meal as a group!

 

Event Information

Cost: $115.00 per person/per weekly event

Date: Wednesday, September 13th (RAIN DATE: Thursday, September 14th)
Time: 6:00 pm – approximately 9:00 pm

Entrée: Steak & Shrimp
Sides: Herbs and sides will be based on the produce from our farm that is at its peak so it’s ‘fresh-as-it-gets’
Wine Pairing:
TBA
Dessert:
 TBA

Weather: This event is held in a beautiful tent on the farm. Dress accordingly, check the weather prior to your visit. Crummy forecast? We will decide that evening if inclement weather will interfere with our hayride to harvest ingredients. If that’s the case, we will forgo the hayride and have fresh picked ingredients available for you to cook.

Dress: Dinner casual – we will be harvesting ingredients from the fields and cooking. Ladies, if your heels are not up to the challenge, casual and covered toed shoes are suggested. Evenings may be cooler. Consider bringing a light jacket or sweater.

Allergens: We will do our best to accommodate our guests with sensitivities/allergies, but cannot guarantee that allergens will not be present.

Farm-fresh ingredients: Our menu each week will be ‘fresh-as-it-gets’. Herbs and sides for each menu will be based on the produce from our farm that is at its peak!

Cancellations: Things happen. Please notify Donaldson Farms ASAP if you need to cancel your reservation. These are limited seating events that are often times wait-listed. Please be courteous.

Refunds or exchanges: No refunds will be given within 72 hours prior to event. Refund and exchange requests will be reviewed by Donaldson Farms management and issued at their discretion.

Payment: All major credit cards accepted. You will be directed to our secure ticketing site after selecting the ‘Register Now’ button below. Please be sure to select the date you are interested in attending. You will receive an email confirmation. Enjoy your time on the farm!

Questions? Call our farm market #908-852-9122, press ‘2’ for events or email events@donaldsonfarms.net

To learn more about local favorite Chef Eric LeVine, visit Chef Eric LeVine and his restaurant sites at Morris Tap & Grill and Paragon.

 

What Guests Are Saying

“It was a FABULOUS experience!!! We can’t wait to do it again!!! Chef Eric was fun and very interactive, and as always, the Donaldson Family is so welcoming!!! Thank you for having us!!!!” ~ Melissa M.

“Awesome evening! We can’t wait to learn more from Chef Eric and enjoy great food and company!! Thank for having us!! This was a 10!!” ~ Robin I.

“Such a wonderful experience! Everything was top notch. Now to get the hubby to come along…” ~ Florence K.

“It was such an amazing night and an experience I’ll never forget! Thanks for having us!!!” ~ Angela D.

Review by the Grazette Journal:

“When you hear Harvest, Cook, & Dine, you might think that its only for those passionate about farming. Not true! In our group of 24, there were people from all walks of life. So whether you’re more comfortable in a polo or with a pitchfork, this is an event you should experience. This “pick your own” meets “cooking class” meets “farm to table dinner” is an amazing interactive experience unlike any other in New Jersey. The event, hosted by Donaldson Farms on their farmland set amongst the rolling hills of Hackettstown, NJ, gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with one of the coolest farms in the Garden State…” ~ Samantha [read more]

Past Event Photos

Learn more about Chef Eric LeVine

To learn more about local favorite Chef Eric LeVine, visit Chef Eric LeVine and his restaurant sites at Morris Tap & Grill and Paragon.

It’s Raspberry Time!

Deliciously sweet, fresh raspberries grown right here on our farm are now available! Pick your own berries or purchase pre-picked berries from our Farm Market.

Pick-Your-Own Berries: 

Pick your own berries fresh, right from the field! (Mon-Sat 8-6, Sun 8-5) – Call our Farm Market for up to date picking conditions from our fields 908-852-9122 x 1 Learn More

Farm Market:

Visit our farm market for pre-picked berries and other goods. (Open daily 8-7) Learn More