Tour #21 – Nursery, Tobacco, Fruit and Vegetables

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Four stops on this tour includes a retail nursery, tobacco and vegetable production, an apple orchard and wholesale nursery production. This tour will begin just a few minutes from downtown at The Barn Nursery. The Barn Nursery is a retail nursery outlet, the largest in the Chattanooga area, with several acres under roof. The nursery offers top-quality shrubs, trees, vines, perennials, annuals, garden gifts and more displayed in unique ways to attract the attention of their customers. The Barn Nursery is also conveniently located directly off the interstate allowing this company to have extra marketing abilities. Stop 2 will be the Mike Brown Farm. Mike operates a diverse farming operation consisting of 200 acres of tobacco, 100 acres of vegetables, 3 acres of plasticulture strawberries, 1700 acres of soybeans and 400 Holstein steers. Mike’s tobacco is marketed through R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, while he sells his and other vegetables through local Walmart stores. After lunch, we will travel to Apple Valley Orchard, owned and operated by the McSpadden family. This is truly a family operation that began with 2 apple trees in the backyard. Over the years, it grew to 400 and today has approximately 20,000 trees with 30 different varieties. In 1987, a new apple house complete with bakery and cider mill was built. School field trips and group tours are conducted during September and October. The last stop will be Black Fox Farms which began in the early 1900’s as a retail nursery. Today, they are wholesale nursery that grows a wide variety of woody ornamentals, shade and flowering trees, perennials, hardy ferns and hostas. The location is also a beautiful venue for weddings, receptions, anniversaries, class reunions and birthday parties.

ADVISEMENT: This tour will include a small amount of walking and closed toed shoes are advised.