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.

With my mom and Joel in tow, we headed out to The Fruit and Berry Farm, just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee.

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.

Other info

  • Call ahead of time to make sure there are enough berries to pick
  • Address: 4407 McCloud Road, Knoxville, TN 37938

67 thoughts on “Berry Picking in Knoxville, Tennessee”

  1. Love your dress! I always go apple picking in the fall. I wish we had somewhere near me to go berry picking. Looks so much fun.

  2. I haven’t been berry picking since I was a little girl! What a nostalgic topic-it really brought me back to childhood. I think it’s sweet you incorporated your grandmother’s hat into your outfit ❤️

  3. We used to pick berries when I was a child, but I don’t even think it’s possible where I live now in Greece.

  4. Two years ago I went blueberry picking with my husband and sisters. We girls filled up our buckets, but my husband spent the whole time stuffing the berries in his mouth. Assuming he picked as fast as we did, it the time it took for us to fill a bucket he had eaten a bucket full of berries, and was then surprised that he got a stomach ache later. He does love his berries, though.

  5. You took some very beautiful pictures on your outing! Now that it is summer time I can’t wait to get outside and do some berry picking of my own!

  6. It looks like you had a lot of fun 🙂 I used to go berry picking all the time in the summer with my family — great memories of the best fruit I’ve had and also not-so-great memories of a LOT of mosquito bites haha

  7. Those berries look amazing! I’ve never been to Knoxville but I have many friends from there. Berry picking is the best too! Enjoy your holiday

  8. Berry picking is so much fun! I am from the countryside originally and I always found it so much fun, I would say that it would be an interesting first date idea as well! x

  9. Awww .. you guys are too cute! We have a berry patch ten minutes away from our house and it’s one of our favorite places to go in the summer (and fall). In fact, this year we’ve picked strawberries, blueberries, and asparagus. I always make sure to stock the freezer as well. When it’s freezing outside, it’s sure nice to take a bag of fruit from the freezer and think “hurry up summer, we miss you!” x

  10. Oh you look so good and the pictures are really nice! Picking berries is really engaging if you just do it like this for fun with a friend or a group of friends.

  11. Your pics are really great especially the close ups!
    Close to Paris theres a farm where you can go picking all fruit and vegetables you Want to all made from natural process😉

  12. I love Pick Your Own places – it’s always fun to pick your own fruits and veggies, and then make something tasty with them while they’re still fresh x

  13. This looks like so much fun!! A great summertime date idea, too 🙂

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  14. This is great! lovely photos – you look beautiful and genuinely very happy! I’ve never been berry picking myself but it looks like a lot of fun so I might give it a go!

  15. Me and my kids love going to the local fruit farm to pick our fruits! We’ve not long been to get some strawberries! Always tastes better when it’s fresh too!

  16. There’s something so serene and soothing about this experience that comes through in your pictures! I’m not much of a nature girl or berry fan, but something about doing this just to pas time and enjoy the moment sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  17. We are fortunate to live within a few miles of a blueberry/ blackberry farm. I love going and i definitely find a form of therapy in being outside picking fresh fruit. Cute dress!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing (and SUCH a cute outfit)! I’d wanted to visit a u-pick farm FOREVER…and we finally did a few weeks ago. We’ve been every weekend since (and can’t wait to go again). I could never have imagined it would be so much fun! My children and I even turned it into a math/budgeting lesson by figuring out how much we saved by picking them versus buying them from a store.

  19. Wow! Such beautiful pictures I wish I had fruits on my back yard or a nearby place to go pick them up like you did. I don’t know why here in the city people just don’t like plants. I love berrys and try to eat them when I find some

  20. The fresh berries are everything. I love the satisfaction I get when picking fruits.. Not just buying them but do the work, and the look so delicious..
    By the way, you look cute 🙂

    x, Anna

  21. I’ve been Strawberry picking but never berry picking. I’m sure there’s not a huge difference. I love how fresh they look. Plus it makes a great day date.

  22. I’ve been strawberry and apple picking but never berry picking. I’m sure its not a huge difference. Your berries look so fresh. Definitely a great day date or family outing.

  23. I love this. Fruit picking is one of the few joys of summertime in the south. Glad you had such a great experience. Can’t wait to see what you whip up with them.

    Aitza B | petitelypackaged.com

  24. We are off strawberry picking this weekend and it has been something that I’ve be dying to do. Nothing like a fresh pie filled with juicy berries.

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