Fresh? How ‘bout straight from the vine! 6 you-pick farms
Whether you like your berries in pie, cobbler, or just straight out of the bucket – West Virginia is the place to be to explore the variety of u-pick farms across the state. Don’t forget to give your produce a good wash before you enjoy the fruits of your labor!
1. Herot Hall Farms
This sprawling 225-acre farm is best known for its rustic yet charming wedding venue, but come summertime it is blueberry heaven. This fairly new berry destination mainly offers blueberries, but occasionally there are enough blackberries for picking. Next up on their plate is a cider orchard; beginning in 2018, visitors will be able to pick apples, too!
2. Orr’s Farm Market
Once a small homestead, this family-owned farm has expanded to over 1,000 acres while still retaining that small farm charm. At Orr’s, you can pick almost year-round, as each fruit has its own season. The farm grows table grapes, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and a variety of garden vegetables. In the fall, visit Orr’s to find your perfect pumpkin while enjoying a hayride, corn maze and more!
3. Buena Vista Farm
Start your summer off right with some sweet, award-winning strawberries from Buena Vista Farm (2016 WV Strawberry Festival Best of Show!) You can pick your own berries or choose to purchase pre-picked berries from the staff. The strawberries come into season early May and stay ripe for the picking through June. While you are there, be sure to grab a bottle or two of the farm’s famous “Strawberry Sauce.”
4. White Oak Farm
Visit this family-owned farm, nestled right outside Lewisburg, and pick some of the tastiest blueberries in Southern West Virginia. Bring the whole gang and spend a day picking, or purchase pre-packed berries from the farm owners.
5. Blueberry Ridge Farms
Located at the top of Bunner’s Ridge, this u-pick farm is a local favorite because of their promise to not use chemicals on their berries. If you can’t make it for a whole day, the staff will pick your requested amount of berries and then hold them for pick up. Be sure to check their Facebook page for hours, as they change weekly.
6. Sizemore Farm
Pick blueberries in the summer and apples in the fall! Another family-owned favorite, you have to be quick: ripe berries are often all picked in a single day by visitors! Keep a close eye on the farm’s Facebook page for updates.