Whether you’re hoping to recreate your grandmother’s amazing pies, try our recipe for puffed stuffed apples, or you’ve got a yearning for homemade applesauce and apple butter, apple picking is sure to be a fun outing for the whole family. To help make life easier for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best apple picking orchards within a two hour drive of our city. Grab some bags or baskets, pile into your mom car, and hit the road. To the surprise of many transplants, apple picking time is here in middle Tennessee!
As always, we encourage you to call a location before leaving home to check on hours and availability of apples. Many of the below orchards will put apple picking on hold while apples ripen; some are only selling already-picked this year.
Fruity Patch Farm
2794 Brown Hollow Rd, Columbia, TN 38401
Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset
The sign on the gate gives instructions on how to get into the farm. Apples are $12/bushel. Pears are $14/bushel. Pears also available!
631 Beckwith Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN
Breedens is not yet ready for apple picking, but they’re one to keep an eye on in coming years! They also hold a story time on Friday.
1280 Slim Island Rd, Bowling Green, KY
Hours: 9a-5p Monday-Saturday
Jackson’s Orchard is a 105 acre farm and has been an orchard for over 100 years.
Picking Season is limited and begins Labor Day weekend this year.
Apple Picking Prices: Peck bag which you can fill up for $17.
You must ride the hayride in and out of the orchard to participate but it creates an additional opportunity for a family adventure! (Hayrides to the Corn Maze, the Pumpkin Patch, Apple Picking: $4 / children 2 & under FREE)
The farm asks that you allow yourself at least an hour to enjoy hayride, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and to pick your apples. The final hayride of the day usually leaves to go to the patch around 4pm.
**They always recommend checking their Facebook page for up to date information!
Already picked Mutsu, Yellow Delicious, Fuji, and Winesap apples also for sale.
Limited apples this season.
Hours: 7a-4p Wednesday through Sunday during the season