Strawberry Picking at Valley Home Farm
If you venture to Valley Home Farm in Wartrace to go strawberry picking, it's good to go hungry. You'll be greeted with fresh strawberry and blueberry ice cream, strawberry honey popsicles and strawberry cupcakes. You can also buy an entire strawberry cake as well, which is famous in those parts. It's baked by the Potts sisters and the recipe is never given out, not even to sister-in-law, Janet. We ventured to Valley Home Farm this past weekend, hungry for local berries like every other Nashvillian after a cold wet spring delayed strawberry season by a few weeks. It was open until 5pm on Sunday, which suited us fine as we got a late start like usual. Valley Home Farm is one of the most hospitable, friendly places we've been. And the prettiest drive as well. It's about an hour southeast of Nasvhille down Interstate 24. Take exit 97 Wartrace/Beechgrove/Bell Buckle for a 10 minute drive through gorgeous rolling hills filled with countless cows and white fences.
It's owned and operated by the fifth generation of the Potts family, Bobby Potts and wife Janet Wright Potts who greeted us with a stack of white plastic baskets for picking. We headed out to the fields but not before we passed the gorgeous historic home that sits on the property as well as a field of bee hives. (Unfortunately the hives were all toppled in a spring storm last year, so now their berry honey popsicles are made with Amish honey until they're up and running again.) The field has ample berries with the particularly wet spots a jackpot of ripe red berries, that others had avoided. We wore our boots. We left with 4 baskets of berries, a popsicle and 2 containers of ice cream. It's advised to call before to check berry availability.