By Tiffany Howard
If you are in search of fresh fruits and vegetables this spring, look no further than Bradley Kountry Acres. Located about 30 miles north of Nashville in Sumner County, the farm will begin their season offering pick-your-own strawberries, along with tomatoes and a variety of other produce, flowers and herbs.
After milking cows at a Grade A dairy operation in Cottontown for more than 30 years, the family decided to sell the herd and transition into a new venture. For Mike and Cathy Bradley, that meant growing and selling 6 acres of fruits, vegetables and an assortment of flowers.
Today, Bradley Kountry Acres produces four different varieties of strawberries, which they grow in raised beds using plastic mulch and drip irrigation, a process known as “plasticulture.” According to the Bradleys, this method promotes better watering and fertilization as well as cleaner and healthier strawberry fields – and also makes them easier to pick. Visitors are welcome to come out and pick their own berries, though they offer pre-picked berries for customers too.
Each year on the first Sunday in May, the Bradleys host their Spring Open House, which is filled with all things strawberries to kick off the pick-your-own season. While you are shopping for your long-awaited fruit or flowers, you can also taste-test plenty of strawberry cakes, pies and other delicious dishes.
In addition to the strawberries, the Bradleys also have three greenhouses filled with bedding plants, herbs, ferns, hanging baskets and potted flower arrangements, as well as tomatoes, blackberries, peaches, broccoli, squash, peppers and various other vegetable crops. Come autumn, they also have sweet potatoes, pumpkins, gourds and fall decoration items.
Visitors are always welcome at Bradley Kountry Acres, especially during strawberry season. For more information on the farm’s pricing, the availability of their products or to schedule a group outing, please contact them at (615) 325-2836. You can also find them online at www.bradleykountryacres.com.