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Area farmers ready for strawberry picking season

Strawberry picking time; image courtesy of PickTnProducts.

Despite the wet start to spring, sweet and juicy strawberries are prime for picking in most areas of Tennessee. If you are looking for the freshest berries, you need to go straight to the farm.

“We are seeing more ripe strawberries by the day.” Mitchell Hyde of Hyde Farms in Loudon County said. “The more sunshine, the more berries we will have ready to pick!”

One West Tennessee farmer has already started a reservation list for people who want to pick their own. “We are picking heavily this week—lots of strawberries are ripe and ready,” Timothy Brady of Dixie Chile Ranch in Obion County said. “All you have to do is let us know how many 5 quart buckets you intend to pick and we’ll let you know what times are available.”

In Middle Tennessee, berries are selling fast. “We sold 65 gallons of strawberries within the first hour of opening,” Jon Kelley of Kelley’s berries in Trousdale County said. “The first week in May is generally the best time to visit the strawberry patch. However, we will have ripe strawberries well into June.”

Never picked fresh strawberries before? To learn more about the picking process for the farm you are going to visit, all you have to do is call and ask. Farmers also suggest calling ahead of time to ensure that berries are available. If you want fresh strawberries without the work, many farms provide the option for customers to purchase already-picked strawberries.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the number of Tennessee strawberry farms has increased by almost 4% during the last five years. The traditional season lasts about four to six weeks, depending on weather—so the best tasting strawberries you’ve ever had won’t last long.

Support your local economy and buy fresh strawberries from your local farmer today. Go to or use the free Pick Tennessee mobile app to find a farm near you. Follow “PickTNProducts” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about seasonal recipes, products, and activities.

Knoxville area Pick-Your-Own Farms:

Black Oak Farms
7235 Corryton Road
Corryton, TN 37721
(865) 687-6900

Strawberries. They also have pre-picked strawberries, okra, sweet corn, green beans, cantaloupes, muscadine grapes, watermelons, and honey.

The Fruit and Berry Patch
4407 McCloud Road
Knoxville, TN 37938
(865) 922-3779

Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Apples, Grapes, pumpkins, hayrides. They also have harvested Sweet Corn, Apple Cider, Honey and Sorghum Syrup, Good Things to Eat. Hayride/wiener roasts and fieldtrips for school children and other organized groups are available at The Fruit and Berry Patch. These programs include but are not necessarily limited to hayride/wiener roasts in mid-September and October for organized groups such and church groups, birthday parties, school groups, etc. Other programs include strawberry picking in mid-May, blackberry, blueberry or peach picking in June, picking apples in September and early October and the Pumpkin Patch where a child can select a pumpkin for a Jack-O-Lantern directly from the field in October.

Fruits may be picked from daylight to dark most of the summer. If no attendant is present, pick on the honor system. Pick the fruit desired, weigh it at the posted price, mark the envelop available at the cash register with each product and purchase price, place the money in the envelope and drop into slot beside the cash register.

King's Hydrofarm
3238 Tipton Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 660-9656

Pick your own fresh strawberries, lettuce and other assorted fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Published May 4, 2019

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