Late spring brings some of the season’s freshest flavors, and while there are plenty of farmers’ markets at which to pick up some fresh produce, it doesn’t get any fresher than when you pick your own. And one of my favorites places to do just that is Green Door Gourmet (GDG), located off River Road in West Nashville. They have an abundance of strawberries prime for the picking, and I can confirm that they are some the tastiest berries I’ve ever enjoyed!
If you want to take part in the berry picking fun before it’s too late (berry picking lasts through May at GDG), here’s a first-timer’s guide for what to know before you go strawberry picking at Green Door Gourmet.
Green Door Gourmet is located at 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. Upon arrival, you’ll be directed to park (for free!) in the field to the left.
Once parked, you’ll head toward the store, where you can pay to pick, and here’s where I will share a crucial tip: BRING CASH! We arrived, and there was no wait for the cash-only line. You could pay, get your bucket and be on your way to picking heaven. No cash? You’ll have to head inside the store, where, when we visited, the line wrapped around the store, easily a 10- to 15-minute wait, which any parent of small children will tell you is NOT ideal. So just trust me — cash is king! Once you’ve paid, there’s about a five-minute walk on a dirt road to the strawberry fields.
When & How Much
Throughout May, strawberry picking is offered at two different days and times. On Wednesdays, guests can pick berries from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays, strawberry picking is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick a quart for $5, or pick a full bucket (which is the equivalent of 5 quarts) for $20.
What to Bring
In addition to cash, there are a few things you’ll want to bring along. As any good Nashvillian knows, May is hot in Middle Tennessee, so be prepared to sweat as there is no shade in the strawberry field. Either bring or wear sunscreen, and a hat is ideal to keep the sun off your face. Bugs weren’t bothersome, but bug spray may be good to have on-hand just in case. Strollers are welcome — there were plenty parked beside the fields. Lastly, bring water — again, it’s hot. There is a jug of water that’s complimentary, but if they’ve run out of cups, you’re out of luck!
Most importantly enjoy this fun, family-friendly outing opportunity that’s a quintessential part of spring!
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