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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples 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.

Bledsoe County

  • Sowing Seeds Nursery and Garden Center - No pesticides are used, apples, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, strawberries, other vegetables, walnuts, Maple Syrup from trees on the farm, Fresh eggs, farm animals, school tours
    1282 Nine Mile Cross Road, West, Pikeville, TN 37367. Phone: 423-533-4029. Email: Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard. . . (UPDATED: November 27, 2016)

Monroe County

  • The Berry Farm TN - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, herbs or spices, Fresh eggs, gift shop
    620 Towee Falls Road, Tellico Plains, TN 37385. Phone: (423) 253-2835. Email: Open: Thursday to Sunday 8am to 6 pm when berries are in season, typically Late June through Late July; closed Monday to Wednesday. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. .A.k.a, "Santa's Berry Farm". (UPDATED: June 15, 2020) A visitor writes on July 26, 2013: "Call for availability, weather and to see if what they have is ripe enough yet. Price (in 2013) is $6 a gallon. Picking buckets are provided. As of July 20, 2013 the berries were still plentiful. Santa also has bees and fresh honey for sale. Very fun family friendly place. We had a great time. They have over 100 huge 5+ foot tall blueberry bushes. Plenty to choose from. The location is beautiful in the mountains and GPS should take you right to them. Signs from the road. "

Sequatchie County

  • Wheeler's Orchard - Apples, Grapes, blueberries
    HCR 65, Box 78, Dunlap, TN 37327. Phone: (423) 949-4255. Email: Directions: From U.S. 127 N in Dunlap, see our sign at Fredonia Road. Follow sign up the mountain approx. 5 miles. See our sign. Take a right. Come on to orchard. Feel free to call if you need additional directions. . Click here for a map and directions. or toll free (877) 478-5029. Fax: (423) 949-6350. (UPDATED: June 26, 2018, JBS)



Apple Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

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


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