Now is the time to pick local blueberries! Nothing tastes as good as a blueberry right off the bush and the Tennessee Valley has plenty of blueberry farms for picking with your family.
Before heading out to the farm keep in mind these are working farms and you may encounter anthills, wasps and bees. Packing some Benadryl is a good way to be prepared in case someone gets stung and has a reaction. Early or late in the day is best for picking because it is cooler, but if you can’t get your kids up and out the door just remember to bring water, snacks and sunscreen.
Not every farmer provided price information but we provided as much information as possible to help you decide which farm to visit. The prices mentioned below are for the 2012 growing season (which should last through the beginning of August) and only if you picked the berries yourself. If the farmers pick the berries the price can go up considerably. Many farms only accept cash and checks and some are run by an honor system – meaning farmers might not be on site at the time when you are picking to give you change for your berry purchase. The farms marked with an * emphasized calling before you visit to ensure there are plenty of berries to pick when you plan your trip. One more thing, go to the bathroom before you leave home – not all farms have restrooms.
Look below to find a Tennessee Valley farm to support and happy pickin‘.
-Bill’s Honey Farm, 8714 Moores Mill Road, Meridianville, AL 35759. 256-828-4836. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM, closed Sunday, sells blackberries too. $12/gallon.
-Blue Willow Farm, 336 J. Cross Road, Toney, AL 35773. 256-503-4855, alternate phone: 256-503-4854. Cash or check. $1.50/lb.
- Harvest Farm Blueberries, 297 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749. 256-864-0814, cash or check. Open: M-F 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-12 p.m., closed Sunday.
- Mary Mac Berry Farm, 2060 Dug Hill Road, Brownsboro, AL 35741. 256-534-5328. Open for picking: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday 7 a.m. – noon, sells blackberries too.
-Sherry’s Berrries, 1207 Countess Road, Huntsville, AL 35810. 256-886-3146. Only open Sundays for “You-Pick,” 1-4 p.m., $10/gallon.
- Valley Christmas Tree Farm, 482 St. Claire Lane, Huntsville, AL 35811. 256-851-9375. Email: email@example.com. Honor system, open every day, all day, $8/gallon.
- Maggie Valley Berry Patch, 458 Babe Wright Rd., Grant, AL. 35747, 256-728-2723. Blueberries and blackberries are $10/gallon.*
- E & T Berry Farm, 109 Solitude Avenue, Albertville, AL 35950. 256-738-8715, alternate phone: (256) 677-3223. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Wednesday/Saturday for “You Pick”, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., $10/gallon.
- Norman & Gaynell Byram Farm, 231 Blueberry Lane, Grant, AL. 256-728-4674, alternate phone: 256-728-4245. Open Wednesday/ Saturday for “You Pick,” 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., $10/gallon.
- Gin House Branch Farm, 1449 S. Bethel Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Email: email@example.com, honor system, cash or check, open from dawn until dusk, $12.50/5-gallon bucket.
-Mims Blueberry Farm, 540 Antioch Rd, Somerville, AL 35670. 256-778-8097. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open everyday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., cash or check, $1.75/lb.
- Fagerman Mini-Pasture (no farm sign), 56 Gilchrist Road, Somerville, AL 35670, 256-654-9211, cash or checks accepted, $10/gallon. This is a really neat farm for the kids because they have dogs, chickens and guineas running around, cows mooing in the barn and pigs in a nearby pen.
-Daveen Stanford / Raby’s Blueberries, 5059 Section Line Road, Elkmont, AL 35620. 256-232-7418. Email: email@example.com, open every day, $8/gallon.*
-G and N Berry Farm, 30290 Harvest Road, Toney, AL 35773. 256-232-9470, alternate phone: 256-682-6257. Open Saturday 7 a.m.- 6p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m. and Monday-Friday by appointment only.
-Bertie K. Burton’s Blueberries, 2869 Co Rd 712, Henegar, AL 35978. Phone: (256) 657-5273. *
-Straw House Blueberry Farm, 331 Road 944, Mentone, AL 35984, 256-634-4150, open June 23, 7 days a week, $8/gallon. This farm advises to bring a container or bag to carry your berries home.
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