Blackberry U-Pick Season has ended for 2010. Thank you to all our visitors. It was a very good year.
If you would like to receive an email listing produce availability next year, send us a request through our
Looking forward to 2010
We are hopeful that 2010's crop will be as plentiful as in past year's.
Please remember we require reservations for our U-Pick customers!
Check availability through our "Contact" page.
Season starts in July, goes through early September.
U-Pick at Blackberry Blossom Farm
IMPORTANT 2009 U-Pick update: Due to the drought last year our 2009
crop of blackberries were severely affected. We're sorry to
have to post that the lack of berries will close our U-Pick for
What you can look forward to next year at Blackberry
Blossom Farm & Campground:
Plan a morning for picking sweet, delicious,
naturally grown blackberries and start a family
tradition with the ones you love!
So... what is a Blackberry U-Pick Farm and how does your farm work
Below are several questions we answer frequently about who we are and how others
can come visit us.
A U-Pick Farm is an opportunity for you to come pick your own fruit and experience
the life of farming without the day-to-day work. It's the "fun" part of farming.
We do all of the planting, pruning, watering, mulching and getting it ready.
You come to pick and eat those delicious blackberries! All of this at a
fraction of the price you'll pay at your local grocery store.
Blackberry U-Pick Savings
Consider the going price of Blackberries for a half-pint at your local east
Tennessee chain store: $2.99, yes, that's right... for a HALF-PINT!
Here at Blackberry Blossom Farm, you pick your own for $10.00 a GALLON! That's
the equivalent of 16 half-pints with a total value saved of $37.84,
not counting tax! When you help do the work (which is fun) to harvest,
you can fill your freezer for pies and cobblers for all year for the cost
of the equivalent of store-bought blackberries.
A good reason to search out all kinds of U-Pick local farms and attend
local Farmer's Markets. Farmers' Market prices are more since they have been picked and
transported for you.
"What kind of berries do you have?"
Our Blackberries are not the wild thorny kind. These thorn-less canes produce
mammoth sweet blackberries with more fruit pulp than the seedy
wild ones. The taste is superior and will make you realize
blackberry picking can be an enjoyable experience, not a painful
Pick only the sweetest completely black berries for fresh eating. For
preserves, jelly, jam or cobblers, a certain amount of
"almost" ripe berries will add a pleasant tartness.
"What is the best time to arrive for picking?"
We highly recommend early morning picking, around 9:00 for several reasons.
- The weather is coolest and the sugar content is highest in the blackberries.
- The insects are at a minimum earlier although insect repellant is still recommended.
- You'll be home to put those blackberries in the freezer or make that jelly before lunch.
- Little ones will be more excited about learning to pick and enjoy the experience if it's earlier and cooler.
One of our favorite young pickers, do you think she enjoyed those berries?
"How do I set up a picking time?"
Just simply contact us at
Blackberry Blossom Farm and we'll get right back to you. We may
suggest certain days according to how many people have come to
pick before you or are scheduled to come. We want you to have
maximum ripe berries to pick so you'll make good use of your
"Do I need to sign anything?"
Yes- we have a very short, all-inclusive release form for you to sign for your whole
party which simply says that you assume all responsibility for
anything that happens to you or your party while visiting
Blackberry Blossom Farm.
"May my children come?"
Of course, we love well-behaved children on our farm! We have five of our own and
know what a wonderful tradition berry picking can be for a family.
Please go over our Farm Rules below and make sure they understand that a farm
can be a dangerous place if the rules aren't followed.
- All children must stay with their parent or the adult which brought them.
Please remember that this is an outdoor, wildly tame area where
snakes, spiders and other creatures live. Help keep your children
safe by keeping them close to you and be their eyes and ears.
- No running or playing in the blackberry rows. Getting hurt is sure to ruin a
- EAT the berries! We encourage you to eat as many berries as you want while
picking, that helps add to the multi-sensory experience. This
also helps teach children what a ripe berry looks like, and why
we shouldn't pick the unripened ones!
"May I bring my pet?"
Blackberry Blossom Farm has two working German Shepherds that patrol the farm when
we don't have customers here picking. They are secured in a building when you come.
Out of respect for our working dogs, please leave Fido at home so our dogs aren't
confused when let out after you leave. Of course, Service Dogs are always welcome.
"What should I pack for our Blackberry U-Pick experience?"
- Sunscreen, even early morning sun can become dangerous quickly. A hat or
sunglasses would be helpful for later in the day picking.
- Insect repellant.
Tip... We recommend Pure Vanilla extract put in a small spray bottle and
diluted with a little with water. This works well against gnats,
which is the main insect you'll encounter in early morning.
- If you bring a "regular" repellant, please apply it as you get out of
your car. We're an organic farm and don't want our
berries contaminated with any amount of insect repellant, especially since we
encourage eating while picking.
- Water bottles or drinks and a cooler to keep them in. You may want to put your
berries in a cooler as you pick them until you can get them home.
- We have picnic tables in the shade and a few activities for kids to enjoy
while parents continue picking.
- Hand wipes, wet wash cloths in a bag, something to wipe berry stained hands and
faces! Sink and bathroom facilities at camp bathhouse.
- Our beautiful new camp bath house will be open for our Blackberry U-Pick
customers as well as our Camp Store with snacks and drinks and crafts.
- Please bring an Epi-Pen or other medication for anyone who may be allergic to
- Camera, don't miss those wonderful shots of your family enjoying this fun time!
- Early morning picking usually finds dew still on the grass, wear shoes you don't mind getting wet.
Where do I go when I arrive at Blackberry Blossom Farm?"
Follow the signs to the Camp Store for U-Pick check-in and baskets. After you
contact us, we'll email you travel directions. We'll be expecting you and
will have everything ready for your U-Pick experience. We'll lead you back
to the berry patch and help you get started. Have a general idea of how many quarts you'd
like to pick.
We normally have plenty of other produce available for you to purchase at
Farmer's Market prices. We'll gladly pick garden
vegetables for you while you pick blackberries so you can take
home truly fresh produce. Just ask what's available from the
garden and we'll give you the inside scoop.
Blackberry Blossom U-Pick also has washed and frozen gallon bags of berries for
purchase. Perfect if you need more than you can pick or would
like the convenience of popping them right into your freezer
without having to process them. These are frozen individually
before bagging so they can be removed a few at a time for
smoothies or yogurt. Please bring a cooler if you plan to
We specialize in purple vegetables, since we're primarily a Blackberry Farm,
we felt we should stay with a theme color. Enjoy purple okra,
beans, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and
beautiful purple cone flowers for your table
That's all there is to it! We hope you enjoy your time at Blackberry Blossom
Farm and will return every year.