There’s no better way to soak in the peace of a lazy summer day than by meandering down the shaded paths of lush blueberry bushes at your local farm. From the thrill of the search to finally tasting those deliciously ripe berries, your perfect summer adventure is just a short drive away.
Not only is berry picking a fun way to spend the morning, but it’s a great way to teach the kiddos about farming and where their food comes from.
With 15 different spots for blueberry picking, Knoxville TN and the surrounding counties make it easy to support our local farmers.
Throughout the growing season, there are also a variety of other u-pick adventures you can take, including picking grapes, apples, strawberries, flowers, and more!
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Blueberry Picking Tips
1. Be sure to call ahead to make sure there are berries available. Sometimes popular farms have small periods where they are over-picked and are waiting for new berries to ripen.
2. The blueberry season typically runs from mid-June through late August, which is right at the height of summer heat. To stay cool during your adventure, try visiting the farm early in the morning when it first opens.
3. No matter what time you go, you are still going to be in the sun. Don’t forget those sunglasses, floppy hats, and mineral-based sunscreen.
4. Unlike many other fruits, ripe blueberries tend to be mixed in with lots of unripe berries. Be prepared for a treasure hunting adventure instead of a free-for-all.
5. If you have a spare basket or bag, be sure to bring it. Some farms charge extra if you have to take their baskets home.
Farms for Blueberry Picking Near Knoxville TN
Beauchene’s Berry Farm
9020 Bluegrass Road, Knoxville
Here you can pick blueberries, blackberries, and a variety of fresh vegetables.
Buffalo Trail Orchard
1890 Dodd Branch Rd., Greeneville
Buffalo Trail offers one of the most expansive pick-your-own selection in the area. Offerings include blueberries, blackberries, peaches, and apples.
Falls Blueberry Farm
111 Harmon Road, Maryville
This farm specializes in u-pick blueberries.
101 Reservoir Rd, Norris
This farm offers blueberry picking. They advertise that they do not use chemicals on any of their crops. They are not opening for the 2020 season but may reopen in the future.
Honeys Blueberry Farm
4333 Kingston Hwy, Loudon
This farm offers pick-your-own blueberries, blackberries, and muscadine grapes. The farm advertises that they do not use chemicals on any of their crops.
352 Highway 309, Niota
This popular farm specializes in blueberries.
This farm is not opening for the 2020 season but will be selling their berries at farmers’ markets instead. They may reopen for pick-your-own next year.
Mountain Mist Farms
722 Caney Creek Rd, Pigeon Forge
Mountain Mist Farms offers a variety of u-pick crops, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, red and black currants, gooseberries, elderberries, and cherries. They also use their grapes for homemade wine!
In addition to all the pick-your-own goodies, they also produce local blackberry blossom honey and wildflower blossom honey, which they sell in their farm store.
Richesin Family Farm
6305 River Road, Loudon
At this farm, you can pick your own blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Seven Springs Farm
1474 Highway 61 East, Maynardville
This farm offers blueberry picking.
Still Waters Farm
7004 Fairview Road, Corryton
This farm currently offers u-pick blueberries. They are also beginning to cultivate raspberries and elderberries.
Books to Share
These delightful books will make the perfect addition to your farm trip.
- Blueberries for Sal (preschool) – In this classic tale, a girl and her mother are picking wild blueberries when she encounters a bear. Oh my! What will she do?
- More Blueberries (babies) – In this fun board book for littles, a set of twin toddlers make a very berry mess!
- Jamberry (preschool) – This beautifully illustrated classic follows a boy and his bear on their berry picking adventure. The cute rhymes are great for young learners.
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (teens and adults) – This popular read follows an Appalachian family on their quest to ditch the processed foods and start growing their own food.
- The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family (teens and adults) – Follow along as the Minick family realizes their dream of opening an organic pick-your-own blueberry farm.