We’ve compiled some berry nice options for blueberry picking this summer.
Across West Virginia, farms are opening their blueberry patches for the long-awaited u-pick season. Whether you are looking for a unique family adventure or want to change up your weekend date routine, these farms offer the perfect summer excursion and the sweetest of treats.
Four Seasons Farm, Leon
Four Seasons Farm’s u-pick season opened in mid-June this year without appointments after their blueberry crop grew plentiful enough for large crowds to start making their way in. Owners of the farm planted early-, mid-, and late-season varieties of the bite-sized bursts of blue deliciousness, meaning their season should last through July. Want to pick up some other fruits and vegetables while you’re there? Four Seasons Farm sells other produce and products grown on the property: currants, kale, and beets, along with homemade ice cream, raw honey, and their own sauerkraut. The kids are sure to have a blast picking their own berries while watching the farm’s animals wander the property. Check out Four Seasons Farm on Facebook for updates on their produce selection.
Orr’s Farm Market, Martinsburg
Orr’s Farm Market started handing out u-pick baskets on June 14. Pickers have five different varieties of blueberries to choose from, ripe and ready to be baked into your favorite dessert through about the middle of July. You can reserve a time online to pick your blueberries, or drop by the farm between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.—or 4 p.m. on Sundays. After you’ve picked to your heart’s content, swing by the Orr’s Farm Market store for a huge selection of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and other products from local Appalachian companies. The farm will also host bluegrass weekends throughout the summer and early fall, so plan your trip around some great live music.
Blueberry Ridge, Fairmont
Need a little more time to make your berry picking plans? Blueberry Ridge Farm is anticipating an abundance of fresh blueberries ready to be picked come early July. All organically grown, this farm’s crop will make your summertime pies and fruit salads pop with flavor. Don’t forget to take pictures while there—the scenery is perfect for a few Insta-worthy snaps. Keep an eye on @blueberryridgefarms on Facebook for announcements on when their u-pick season officially begins.
The fresh produce you want and deserve is waiting for you at one—or all three—of these fantastic farms. The u-pick season offers a great opportunity to see more of wild West Virginia, support local small businesses, and eat all the pie you want.