During the summer months, I go through buckets and buckets of berries. I love eating them plain, putting them in yogurt parfaits, and even adding them to pancakes.
Recently, I realized that I have never had the opportunity to pick berries myself. I knew I’d be in Tennessee for the week, so I began searching for a place to pick fruit nearby.
I wanted to wear something casual and comfortable, but also cute and functional. I went with an old dress and a pair of black Nike sneakers. I topped off the look with a sunhat that my grandmother used to wear in her garden.
While the farm had peaches, blueberries, apples, and blackberries, only the blueberries were sweet enough to pick! The blackberries and peaches needed a few more weeks of sunlight, and the apples won’t be harvested until the fall.
Every so often, I couldn’t help but nibble on a ripe blueberry! Of course, I don’t recommend you do this, as it’s hard to know how clean fresh fruit is.
It was a hot day, so after an hour or two, we collected our baskets and made a beeline for the cashier. The Fruit and Berry Farm also sells homemade slushies, donuts, jams, and pies, so we stocked up on those before racing back to the car and blasting the air conditioning. Summer in the south can be quite daunting.
If you plan on visiting, mid July may be the best time for blackberries, while August is probably best for the peaches. One of the staff told us to aim to come on Friday, since the weekend is the busiest time for picking fruit.
- Call ahead of time to make sure there are enough berries to pick
- Address: 4407 McCloud Road, Knoxville, TN 37938