Ever wonder where your food comes from? Feel like trying your hand at that sweet agrarian lifestyle? Just want to go out and try something new with family and friends?
Boy, do we have news for you: The following farms and orchards are open for you to come pick your own fresh, local, organic produce. Not only do you get to participate in arguably one of the most wholesome activities ever, most of the produce comes at a discounted price if you pick it yourself! Plus, we can guarantee that your food will taste 110% better when you’ve picked it by hand (it’s because the secret ingredient is love). Check out these three local u-pick farms to start planning some good old-fashioned fun:
Jones Orchard (Millington, TN):
Founded by HL “Peaches” Jones, Jones Orchard has been serving the community for almost 80 years. It remains a family operation, even as it’s grown to encompass over 600 acres. Jones offers three different u-pick locations, two of which are in Millington, with the third at the Agricenter. At different points during the season, Jones offers strawberries, plums, nectarines, blackberries, blueberries, pears, apples, pumpkins, and over 25 varieties of peaches, all of which are available for visitors to harvest. While peaches are in season currently, the next few months promise nectarines, pears, apples, and pumpkins. Call Jones’ U-Pick Hotline at (901) 872-0703 to find out what will be available for picking when planning your visit.
If you can’t make it out to one of Jones’ U-Pick locations before the end of the season, enjoy their produce, jellies, and more at one of their two roadside markets and three farmer’s market booths. Check out their website here to learn more about their U-Pick options, ripening calendar, fall fun opportunities, and market locations.
Nesbit Blueberry Farm (Nesbit, MS):
Nesbit Blueberry Farm is a family owned and operated farm located just a few miles off of I-55. In addition to selling pre-picked and frozen blueberries, jams, and blueberry butter, they offer u-pick berries for only $13 a gallon. Following your arrival, their friendly staff will set you up with a gallon sized bucket and a piece of rope to secure it your waist, freeing your hands to pick to your heart’s content. If you’re a first time berry picker, the staff will gladly provide tips for how to get the best fruit. The farm features several different varieties of blueberry, which ripen at different points in the summer. Their picking season typically lasts from mid-June to mid-July, but check their Facebook page here for up-to-date information on their hours and availability.
Windermere Farms and Apiaries (Memphis, TN):
Windermere Farms is a certified organic family farm located off of Lake Windermere, near Raleigh. While Windermere does offer berries, melons, and other fruits, they also produce a wide range of vegetables, including tomatoes, garlic, green beans, potatoes, swiss chard, squash, cucumbers, artichokes, purple hull peas, sugar snap peas, and more. In the summer months, they also produce fresh, local honey and honeycomb. Catch them this season at the Agricenter Farmer’s Market, or check out their Facebook here to find out which crops are currently available for u-pick (as of July 1st, they’re offering green snap beans and blueberries).