Strawberries in West Tennessee are typically ready for harvest by May 1, with crops ripening eastward across the state as the month progresses. Upper East Tennessee’s strawberry season may begin in June and last through the end of that month. With such a wide range of elevations and temperatures across the state and even farm to farm, every strawberry farmer in Tennessee will be on alert until the weather warms.
It’s best to call local growers to find out when their patch is ready to pick, hours of operation, and how the berries are sold. Some farms provide their own containers, while others are pick-your-own. Some growers also sell berries at local farmers markets.
There are 180 farms that offer strawberries listed online at http://www.PickTNProducts.org and on the free Pick TN mobile app. Pick Tennessee Products is the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s service that connects farmers to consumers. Follow Pick Tennessee on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for seasonal updates about Tennessee farm-direct foods, local source restaurants, and farm activities.