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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Middle Tennessee, Including Nashville in 2023, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Rutherford County

  • Vaughn's Farm - apples, strawberries, pumpkins, pumpkin patch, tractor rides
    7340 Lebanon Road, Walter Hill, TN . Phone: 615-893-2189. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash only. . No restrooms. Not organic. Crop availability: Strawberries in May ( u-pick or they pick). Also pre-picked sweet corn, watermelons, tomatoes, cantaloupes.

Sumner County

  • Bottom View Farm - apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), grapes, pumpkins, strawberries, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, petting zoo, farm animals, weddings and wedding parties, events at your location (call for info)
    185 Wilkerson Lane., Portland, TN 37148. Phone: (615)-325-7017. Email: Open: UPDATE for 2021: Their website says no strawberries in 2021;and apparently no other berries ; the note simply says "see you in the Fall"; (Months shown are approximate, Please call first to insure we still have the fruit or berries you want,) We normally have strawberries in April, May and June, Blueberries and Blackberries during July, Apples in July and August, Gala Apples in August, Pick-your-own (on most items) or we-pick-for-you; We entertain school children during the week and are open to the general public on Saturdays and Sundays. Directions: from Portland 1. From the intersection of TN 52 and TN 109, go south on TN 109 for 2 miles. 2. Turn right at the traffic light onto TN 76. 3. Go 2 miles to Wilkinson Lane. 4. Turn right on Wilkinson Lane. 5. Go 0.7 miles. 6. Bottom View Farm is at the end of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Bottom View Farm Facebook page. . . Pumpkins: July 15 to October 31 Blackberries, Blueberries, Apples, Grapes, And Cherries: July Fall Fest: the whole month of October. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. We are an actually farm, so other crops would include wheat, corn (sweet and field), alfalfa hay, grain, and other crops used to feed our cattle. We also have a cow that is being hand milked for customers and guests to be witnesses to. Facebook page. Typical harvest dates are: (Months shown are approximate. Please call first to insure we still have the fruit or berries you want.) Strawberries in April, May and June. Blueberries and Blackberries during July. Apples in July and August. Gala Apples in August. Pick-your-own (on most items) or we-pick-for-you!
    Comments from a visitor on July 17, 2010: "We visited on 7/17/10 with our 7 month old daughter and it was great! The blueberries were amazing. So ripe and plump and delicious. They also had "pick your own" blackberries, but we just did blueberries. The "pick your own blueberries" were $14 for a basket (4 quarts, which is 8 pints) full, which is about 3 times less than the $5/pint we would have to pay for blueberries through our CSA. If you don't want to pick your own it's only $16 for a basket. We also went to the Ice Cream store & restaurant where we got super yummy cheeseburgers (with chips included) for $3.50. You can add bacon for $0.25, which we did. Very tasty. We really look forward to going back to pick apples and also to pick pumpkins and to enjoy the fall festivities (hay ride, train, etc) in October."
  • Ditney Ridge Farms - Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupes, Cherries, Pears, Strawberries, Beans, Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Pumpkins, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnip Greens.
    2049 Liebengood Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37072. Phone: (615) 299-5783. Email: Open: after Memorial Day and closed on all holidays until Halloween. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: 615-512-6787. . Visit our truck patch at 2049 Liebengood Road on Wednesday through Saturday. We will have products picked in addition to you picking your own products right out of the garden. Farm wedding and wedding picture sites available. We will be open Any special events will be advertised. (ADDED: June 26, 2018, JBS)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first. Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches. If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life. A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too. A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples. See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)