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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Memphis and Southwest Tennessee in 2022, 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!

Shelby County

  • Jones Orchard - apples, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, pumpkins, strawberries, and prepicked produce
    6824 Big Creek Church, Millington, TN 38053. Phone: (901) 872-0703. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard.
    Jones Orchard Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 901-873-3150. . Crops are usually available in April through October. click here for picking updates.; Typical dates (call or see our website before you come!): Strawberries April 9 to May 30 Peaches June 1 to September 15; Plums June 1 to June 21; Nectarines June 1 to July 15; Blackberries June 7 to July 15; Blueberries June 15 to July 15; Apples September 1 to September 30; Pumpkins October 1 to October 31. We have over 25 varieties of peaches in production, spanning 110 acres of land. All peach varieties are available at our Pick Your Own Orchards. We also offer 3 acres of strawberries, 10 acres of plums, 10 acres of nectarines, 10 acres of blackberries, 5 acres of blueberries, 5 acres of pears, 5 acres of apples, and 5 acres of pumpkins. Jone's Orchard Facebook page. (This is formerly Farmer Jim's strawberries at the Agricenter). .
    Comments from a visitor on October 29, 2009: "Yes, we enjoyed it very much. Family owned and open to all new things to make the market work yet use many traditional values for the land."
    Comments from a visitor on July 03, 2009: "We went on 3 July 2009 - the trees were loaded with Peaches, yellow and red plums. The peaches were the best - in the sense they were everywhere and very easy to pick. The area around the trees were maintained ok - we could drive our car all the way inside the orchard and around the trees. We can easily spend about 2 hours, picking various fruits. "Another visitor comments: "Visited this jumbo farm for the first time today. Friendly, helpful staff and fruit trees as far as one can see. We almost got lost in the peach section. Great fruit. Be sure to visit their restaurant--outstanding home cooking. Terrific bargain within spitting distance of Memphis."

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)


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