The pickings certainly aren’t slim at Culbertson Farms in Hardin County about 15 miles outside of Savannah. This 210-acre farm offers its seasonal produce at an on-site market from late spring through early fall.
Strawberries kick off the season at the end of April, and you can pick your own juicy red fruit right off the plant. Potatoes arrive at May’s end, and tomatoes and blueberries ripen in mid-June.
Randall Culbertson bought what he calls “the old cattle farm” in 1993 after earning his degree in plant and soil science. “We built it up from what it was to what it is now,” he says.
Only 10 acres of the farm are used for production, meaning there’s plenty of room to expand. Last year, Culbertson planted a 1-acre apple orchard that he hopes will begin to bear fruit by the end of this year’s season. This past winter, he added peach trees.
The farm offers a break from hectic supermarkets; much of the produce is sold right underneath the Culbertsons’ carport. There’s also a tent next to the crop patches, complete with a table, chairs and water to refresh customers on a hot summer day. In addition, Culbertson Farms provides buckets for visitors to carry their hand-picked berries or tomatoes.
Since becoming a Tennessee Farm Fresh member, Culbertson has enjoyed meeting new customers and receiving a lot more business, he says. The market is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until dark and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Saturdays). Contact the farm at (731) 925-4872 for more information.