Cotton in Tennessee: Old Time Picking Day

Cotton in Tennessee: Old Time Picking Day


When I was a little girl we picked it by hand. It was hard and it was hot. We would get started sometime about 8-8:30 in the morning, pick till 4-5 in the afternoon. Those were hard days, but in a way we enjoyed it. “Ooo, you got a lot of cotton.” We’re at D&J River Farms today and we’re having our 10th annual Old Time Cotton Picking Day. Cotton is very important, it’s the fiber … I guess the fabric of our lives as the old saying use to be on the slogan. From everything that we wear, from what we use to sleep in, from the stuff we clean our ears with, even our money has cotton in it, a lot of folks don’t know that. Cotton is grown in West Tennessee and Middle Tennessee mainly. It is a vibrant industry. It’s really been one to help sustain our farm all these years. Ever since my dad was growing it when he was my age, and his grandfather growing it when he was my age, it’s just been amazing that that tradition has followed with us on cotton, and it’s just something we’ve always done. It’s just good to remember and not forget what the past was like. God’s been good to our family and we just like to be able to welcome people to our farm, and show ’em what we do, try to be advocates for agriculture.

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