Blackberry Farm

Friends of the Farm

April Bucket List

Hunt and gather
Join our Garden Manager for a foraging walk to gather wild edibles and learn the history of our Cherokee and pioneer forebears. This time of year is ripe with great finds.

Float & Fly Fish the Holston River
This time of year is our favorite to spend a day floating on the Holston River. It is full of hungry rainbow and brown trout, and potentially epic hatches can create some amazing dry fly opportunities. You may also have the chance at a post spawn smallmouth bass, pound-for-pound one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish. This is a full day trip and leaves Blackberry at 8am, but is well worth the time for the fishing and the Tennessee River valley scenery.

Rosé Wines
April is the start of the fresh rosés of the season hitting our wine list. This year, we’ve focused on a larger and more varied selection of rosés than ever!

Seed to Seed
Spend time in the garden with our Master Gardener and his heirloom seed collection, to explore the mystery and lore of these treasured Appalachian varieties. Every seed tells a story, each of them unique.

Snuggle up with a Horse
Spend some time in the ring with one of our equine teachers and a human helper. Experience the essence of the horse/human connection and learn the language of equines through Natural Horsemanship. Discover beauty and empowerment via the horse’s perspective. Whether or not you choose to put your foot in a stirrup, every human should have the experience of “joining up” with a horse on the ground. The process is intriguing, honest, and deeply rewarding. We promise a life-changing equestrian experience.

Better than a Birds Nest
Take home one of our new eco-friendly birdhouses. The bird houses are puzzles that come in seven pieces and snap together, requiring no glue or nails. We have three styles… a “modern” Frank Lloyd Wright home, a traditional bird house and a chapel.

Get Pickled
With the growing season upon us, take home a selection of our Farmstead pickles, jams, preserves, sheep’s milk cheeses and artisanal charcuterie. Our Larder is hard at work capturing and preserving the bounty of spring for you to enjoy.

Start dinner with a Glass of Champagne
This month, we’ll be offering a small production, grower-producer Champagne by the glass. Don’t miss this opportunity to begin your meal with a Champagne that is usually only available by the bottle if you can even find it.

Bike Cades Cove
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the scenic 11 mile Cades Cove loop is closed to traffic, giving you the perfect opportunity to take in the most visited area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trip consists of flat terrain, with only a couple of hills you can ride up or walk up. It is the best area for viewing wildlife and connecting with the history and nature of East Tennessee. Be sure to leave property by 8am to beat the cars, and don’t forget to take a picnic lunch to enjoy.