While much of Sequatchie Valley’s beautiful landscape is dominated by large-scale agricultural operations, there are plenty of family-owned farms scattered throughout the valley, many of which offer farm-fresh produce and meats straight from the farm. One of the more popular family farms, Sequatchie Cove Farm on the south end of the valley, also offers the opportunity to tour the farm – and pick berries if they’re in season!
This homegrown bounty is not just limited to the valley floor though. Both ridges bordering the valley (the Cumberland Plateau and Walden Ridge) also have a number of small farms and orchards. Wheeler’s Orchard just west of Dunlap on the Cumberland Plateau is known for its delicious cider, as is Oren Wooden’s Apple House east of Pikeville on Walden Ridge. There are several other farms just down the road from the Apple House that offer a variety of fresh produce to choose from.
While finding farm-fresh ingredients is great, sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do the cooking, and Sequatchie Valley has plenty of restaurants to choose from! Perhaps the most popular is the Cookie Jar Cafe, just outside of Dunlap. The view from the deck is outstanding and the “southern comfort” entrees are great, but it’s the homemade desserts that steal the show!
Whatever you’re in the mood for, whether it’s loading up on farm-fresh produce or filling up on home-style cooking, Sequatchie Valley has you covered!
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- 320 Dixon Cove Rd., Sequatchie, TN
The Trading Post is open on Saturdays. Family farm in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley, specializing in pasture-raised beef and lamb, forested pork, chicken, eggs, seasonal vegetables, shiitakes and native plants.
- 956 Wheeler Rd., Dunlap, TN
Seasonal hours of operation. Pick-your-own options: blueberries (July-Sept.) and grapes (August).
This family-owned orchard and vineyard on Fredonia Mountain focuses on sustainably grown apples and produce. Be sure to try their fresh cider and other homemade treats.
- 3651 Main St, Pikeville, TN
Great BBQ in an authentic log cabin setting!
- 3211 Main St, Pikeville, TN
Burgers, chicken, breakfast sandwiches and more!
6351 New Harmony Rd., Pikeville, TN
The region’s oldest continuously operated apple house, Wooden’s grows and sells apples, pumpkins and a host of other fruits and vegetables. Enjoy lunch and delicious fried pies at Oren’s Orchard Cafe. Group tours available by appointment.
Fall Creek Mennonite Community outside of Pikeville, TN, is home to some 60 families and 25 Mennonite owned and operated businesses. While visiting. you’ll find a little bit of everything, including fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and vegetable plants, custom furniture and wood products, dress and quilt fabrics, gift items, and more. Plan your trip and come experience their old-world way of living.more
While much of Sequatchie Valley’s beautiful landscape is dominated by large-scale agricultural operations, there are plenty of family-owned farms and homegrown farmer’s markets scattered throughout the valley. This homegrown bounty is not just limited to the valley floor though – both ridges bordering the valley (the South Cumberland Plateau and Walden’s Ridge) also have a number of small farms and orchards. Here’s our list for your farm explorations.
Here are some of Southeast Tennessee’s best orchards for autumn apple adventures:
351 Weese Road SE, Cleveland, TN
Apple Valley Orchard features a bakery, gift shop, seasonal events and tours (including for groups and field trips) by appointment. This family-owned orchard was recently name the Best Apple Orchard in Tennessee by Southern Living magazine, which also counted the bakery’s pies as...more