It’s been a month since our move from Miami to beautiful Middle Tennessee, and things are great. While the idea of relocating from Miami to “the middle of nowhere” was a bit scary at first, I can say it has been good time.
Middle Tennessee is a beautiful part of the country filled with nice, friendly people. We have enjoyed the simplicity of life here. I have truly enjoyed berry picking, I know, silly. Picking strawberries for the first time was like going to Disney World. I didn’t know where to look first! I was lucky enough to run across Batey Farms on one of the best days of their season. Coming home with a bucket full of freshly picked strawberries felt like bringing a treasure after a day out in the field. I found some strawberry jam recipes and plan on experimenting soon!
Our second berry picking adventure took us a little further south to Wartrace, TN. This time we visited Valley Home Farm. The drive was simply breathtaking; little windy roads surrounded by hills, farms, and evergreen valleys lead to a colonial looking home and a time kissed barn at the entrance of the farm. Blueberry picking there was great! After an hour or so in the field we enjoyed some fresh blueberry ice cream and picked fresh onions before going home.
As I sat down to enjoy my ice cream, the freshness of that Sunday afternoon air, and the beauty of the landscape around me; I could only feel blessed and happy. I had just spent an hour picking blueberries with the man I love in a remote farm in “the middle of nowhere”, and my heart was filled with joy 🙂
Change is not always easy. Moving from a big city filled with hustle and bustle to a little town in the middle of the country can be challenging. However, we have chosen to take this opportunity to enjoy every bit of beauty and warmth the area has to offer.
We have an extensive list of places to visit, events to attend and new friends to make!
Stay tuned for more ‘Life in the Country’ updates from this Miami ex-pat 🙂
PS: If you are interested in finding ‘pick your own’ farms across the country, this site can be a great resource: www.pickyourown.org
- Triple Berry Ice Cream (hauteapplepie.com)
- Health Benefits of Berries (berries.com)
- A Guide to Growing Your Own Berries! (berries.com)
- National strawberry picking day (eatocracy.cnn.com)
- A Berry Fun Day: Blueberry Picking (redtri.com)