Side Orders: Pick your own berries at Blueberry Hill Farm

Red, White and Blueberries at Chattanooga Market: Chattanooga Market salutes America's birthday with Red, White and Blueberries on Sunday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Visitors can enjoy blueberries used in a variety of market wares from baked goods to candle scents. Enter one of the blueberry pie-eating contests (noon and 1 p.m., register a half-hour in advance of each) or cheer your favorite vendor during the market vendors' pie-eating contest at 3 p.m. For more information: 423-648-2496. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
photo Anne Braly

Blueberries are one of nature's finest gifts. Not only are they extremely healthful, they're so delicious, you want to eat them as soon as you pluck them from the bush. At least that's what my granddaughter does, and I follow suit. They're hard to resist.

This year's crop appears to be arriving right on time, thanks to abundant spring rains and plenty of sunshine.

David Wood and his wife, Judy, bought the old Varnell Blueberry Farm about five years ago because Wood, who grew up in Arizona, would often hike the trails of East Tennessee during his college years and fell in love with the Volunteer State.