Tennessee Strawberry Festivals

Strawberries
••• Strawberries. Bernard Van Berg / EyeEm/Getty Images

When the month of May finally arrives in Tennessee, that only means one thing. It's Strawberry Festival Season. If you are a true Strawberry Lover, treat yourself to one of the many Strawberry festivals that Tennessee has to offer; you won't be disappointed

Strawberry Festival season in Tennessee is held during the month of May, so it is celebrated throughout the state in grand style.

There are three major Strawberry Festivals in Tennessee: West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, Tennessee Strawberry Festival, and the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival.

  • West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
    Humboldt Tennessee
    More than 100,000 persons attend this week-long festival. Make sure to stop by the West Tennessee Historical Strawberry Festival Museum, located on Main Street about 45 minutes south of Nashville, which includes Strawberry memorabilia of past festivals dating back to 1934.
    Website
  • Dayton Tennessee Strawberry Festival
    Dayton Tennessee
    Strawberry Festival highlights include tasting the longest Strawberry Shortcake, pie, and baking contest, derby car races, music, carnivals and food vendors.
    Website
  • Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
    Portland Tennessee
    One of the largest, long-standing Strawberry festivals in the state, this event offers parades, contests, concerts, fun-for-everyone activities and good things to eat. Located about 30 minutes North of Nashville
    Website

Strawberry Picking Tips

Here are some helpful common sense tips for the beginning the Strawberry Picker.

  1. The best time for Strawberry picking is in the morning. Strawberries are the easiest to pick when the fruit is cool.
  2. Be gentle when picking Strawberries-don't pull on them. Twist or snap the strawberry off about ¼ inch up the stem from the berry.
  3. Look for bright red, well-shaped fruit with a shiny luster, free of hard seedy tips. Once picked a berry will not continue to ripen.
  1. Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and a preferably a hat to avoid sunburn.

Find a Local Strawberry Patch

The Berry Patch
528 Oak
Livingston, TN 38570

The Berry Patch
21 Waterfork Road
Ethridge, TN 38456

Bountiful Blessings Organic Farm
654 Dry Prong Road
Williamsport, TN 38487

Bradley Farms
650 Jake Link Road
Cottontown, TN 37048

Bryan or J.C. Gibbs
1196 Saddle Tree Road
Ashland City, TN 37015

Bussell's Berries
3 Rogers Lane
Carthage, TN 37030

Culbertson Farms
200 Gillis Road
Savannah, TN 38372

Dennison's Family Farm
98 Milner Switch
Elora, TN 37328

Duck River Orchard
3 Monument Rd
Summertown, TN 38483

Eden Strawberries
9126 Byrum Chapel Rd
Portland, TN 37148

England Strawberry Farm
720 Scattersville Road
Portland, TN 37148

The Fruit and Berry Patch
4407 McCloud Road
Knoxville, TN 37938

Green Acres Farm
158 Medina Highway
Milan, TN 38358

Kelley's Berry Farm
50 Riverview Lane
Castalian Springs, TN 37031

Kirkview Farms
8271 Horton Highway
College Grove, TN 37046

Larry Thompson Farm
236 Carson Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Meadows' Hydroponics
455 Bowling Branch Road
Cottontown, TN 37048

Powder Springs Berry Farm
Route 2, Box 186
Powder Springs, TN 37848

Riverview Farms
339 A.J. Willis Rd.
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Riverview Nursery & Berry Farm
50 Riverview Estate
Castalian Springs, TN 37031

Rutherford's Strawberries
3337 Mint Road
Maryville, TN 37803

Scott Farms, Inc.
PO Box 97
Unicoi, TN 37692

Stone Cave
Route 3, Box 349
Dunlap, TN 37327

Sunfresh Farms
508 Hiwassee Road
Lebanon, TN. 37087

T & T Strawberry Patch
1060 Woodland Perry Rd.
Ashland City, TN 37015

Tennessee Homegrown Tomatoes
Route 3, Box 438
Rutledge, TN 37861

Tidwell's Berry Farm
402 Strawberry Road
Spring City, TN 37381

Tom Wade Strawberries
Bruce Switch Road
Kenton, TN 38233

Uncle Al's Berry Farm
2044 Hays Denton Rd
Columbia, TN 38401

Valley Home Strawberries
310 Potts Rd.
Wartrace, TN 37183

Warner Natural Herbs
7365 Hwy. 127 South
Crossville, TN 38572

Strawberry History

The Name Strawberry was derived from the berries that are "strewn" about on the plants, and "strewn berry" eventually became "Strawberry".

They are from the Rosaceae family and are of the Fragaria genus. They are not berries or fruit at all, but enlarged ends of the plant's stamen. Strawberry seeds are on the outer skin, instead of in the inner berry, There are about 200 seeds per berry.​

The berries are non-fat and low in calories, rich in vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber, and vitamin B6. Over history, the strawberries have been used in medicines. They have been used for sunburn, discolored teeth, digestion, and gout. As far back as the 13th century, the Strawberry was used as an anaphrodisiac.

Strawberries were served at medieval state events, they symbolized prosperity, peace, and perfection. The most famous public eating of strawberries is at Wimbledon each year when strawberries and cream are consumed between tennis matches by properly attired English. It is also known that Russian empresses also loved them.

American Indians allegedly invented Strawberry shortcake, mashing berries in meal to make bread the colonists enjoyed--but they must have used wild strawberries since strawberries have been cultivated in America only since 1835. The Hoveg variety was imported into Massachusetts from France in 1834 The Fraser clan in Scotland derived its name from French immigrants named Strawberry (Fraise) who came with William the Conqueror in 1066.There are references to the strawberry as far back as ancient Rome.