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West Tennessee Strawberry Media Day on May 6

Friday, May 02, 2014 | 06:59am

--Tennessee Strawberries Easy to Find With New Mobile App--

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is hosting a Pick Tennessee Products strawberry media day on Tuesday, May 6 at Green Acres Farm near Milan. Media will have the opportunity to interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors, tour the farm, and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms.

A new way to find local strawberry patches is now available through a Pick Tennessee mobile app. With the free app, downloadable on both iTunes and Google Play, berry hunters can identify farms and markets with local berries within a designated radius of the user. The user can see that farm’s contact information and website and then get point to point directions to that location with GPS mapping.

“Strawberry season is only in full swing for a month or so,” Pamela Bartholomew, TDA marketing specialist said. “The Pick Tennessee mobile app will be a big time saver, and also take the anxiety out of getting to farms you’ve never visited.”

Statewide directories of strawberry growers and farmers markets remain available at the Pick Tennessee Products website,

Bartholomew recommends that strawberry lovers locate local growers and markets with local berries as soon as possible. Call local growers to find out when a particular patch is ready to pick, hours of operation, and how the farm’s berries are sold. Some growers provide their own containers, and others expect pickers to bring their own. Some sell pre-picked berries, and will set aside berries for those who call ahead. Others may take a certain amount of their crop to a local farmers market.

Contact TDA marketing specialist Pamela Bartholomew at 615-837-5348 for more information.

Who:  All Media are invited. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to or 615-837-5348 at least 48 hours in advance of event. Local officials are also encouraged to attend.

When : Tuesday, May 6. Media day activities will begin at 11 a.m. local time.

Where:  Green Acres Farm
Denton Clay Parkins
158 Medina Highway
Milan, TN  38358  (Gibson County)
Phone: (731) 686-1403

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