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Strawberry season in Tennessee makes sweet return

Posted at 4:26 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 07:57:05-04

CASTALIAN SPRINGS, Tenn. (WTVF) — For Kelley's Berry Farm in Castalian Springs, each year brings something new.

"Every year it's different," Kelley's Berry Farm owner Jon Kelley said. "We do the same thing, but the weather depends, just dictates what happens."

This year they saw no late frosts, which is always positive. Their first ripe strawberries came in mid-April, so they surprised local farmers markets with an early sweet treat.

"We brought in and they said, 'where'd you get these strawberries? and I said, 'we grew them.' They said, 'ah, it's too early," Kelley said. "When they're ripe you just have to pick them and take them to market."

Now, they've reached a lull in the strawberry season. It's a part of the ebb and flow of an ever-changing business, but there's still a lot of berry season to go.

"They're blooming again and more green ones are coming on, so maybe another week or two there will be more coming in," Kelley said.

The farm still has blueberry and blackberry season ahead and Kelley thinks they might make an early arrival as well.

"The blueberries and blackberries are looking real good," Kelley said. "They're loaded with berries."

Kelley is hopeful they'll see ripe blueberries and blackberries by the first week of June.

Kelley's Berry Farm is open every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to grab fresh fruit or pick your own. They post updates on how the season is doing on their Facebook. They also visit several local farmers markets including the 12 South Farmers Market and East Nashville Farmers Market on Tuesdays as well as the Franklin Farmers Market and Richland Park Farmers Market on Saturdays.