Things I Love About Knoxville #9 - The Fruit and Berry Patch
Located in Halls just a mile or so off of Emory Road, my family has been enjoying The Fruit and Berry Patch for several years now. Just yesterday we picked 5 pounds of the most beautiful and delicious strawberries you’ve ever seen (Claire is eating the merchandise in the above picture).
At various times in the spring and summer months, you’ll be able to find fresh strawberries, peaches, blackberries, blueberries, apples, pumpkins, and more. We try to go a minimum of twice a year (strawberries in the spring, apples in the fall) but we’re going to try to get some blueberries this year too.
If you’ve never been, you’ve got to check it out. Stop in at the old barn when you pull in and they’ll give you a map of the property and tell you what’s in season. From there you’re on your own. The whole place is on the honor system… you pick what you want in buckets, bring it back to the shop and they’ll weigh it for you and then you pay. Their prices are really great. A giant bucket of 5lbs of strawberries only set us back $10 which is way, way, way below grocery store prices for a much better product (fresh AND local… can’t beat that).
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention 2 other great reasons to visit. First, you’ve got to stop by and visit the goats. The kids love feeding the goats rotten fruit and grass through the fence. Well, Connor does… Claire will get sort of close but when the more aggressive goats start climbing the fence, she’s convinced that their only ambition at that point is to eat her. The second thing… they have the most delicious fruit pies you’ve ever had. In the barn where you get your buckets and where you pay, look over to your left and help yourself to one of those amazing warm pockets of goodness. I recommend the apple but the blackberry is great too.
I’m so glad to see a place like this succeed. It’s a really fun place to take the kids… we always make an afternoon of it. You can look them up online right here.