A Foodie’s Farm-to-Table Roadtrip in West Virginia
Here in West Virginia, agricultural heritage can be traced back for decades upon decades with both classic and new flavors gracing our dinner tables. With land passed down through many generations, the personal touch of a local farming family allows for mouthwatering produce, expertly raised meats and so much more.
If the thought of a hand-grown tomato or farm-fresh egg has your mouth watering, you are in luck—many restaurants in West Virginia feature farm-to-table options on their menu. This summer, discover recipes, ingredients and meals that are all curated with you in mind.
Day One: Small Towns, Big Flavor
Fish Hawk Acres
Start your farm-fresh tour in the quaint town of Buckhannon. Stop by Fish Hawk Acres, a market, catering company and farm all in one. Spend time browsing locally sourced goodies in the market, then order the daily special or a deli sandwich for lunch. Pair your savory entree with a sweet smoothie, and you’ll find yourself in foodie paradise.
Immerse yourself in mountain cuisine at Stillwaters of Stonewall Resort State Park! Here, you can enjoy fresh flavors, highlighted by locally sourced game, fish and produce. Dine inside or opt for a table beneath the bistro lights lining the patio–no matter where you sit, lakeside views and delectable dishes are within reach. Don’t forget to hit the boardwalk for a stroll across the lake or settle in for a luxurious night’s stay at Stonewall Resort.
Day Two: Mountaineer Meals
Morgantown Farmers Market
Take a trip to the home of West Virginia University to explore the Morgantown Farmers Market. Here, more than 40 vendors sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, free-range eggs, meat, honey, cut flowers and more. All the products you’ll find here are grown or made by vendors within 50 miles, so you know whatever you’re buying really is farm fresh. So, while you’re at the market, stock up on some fresh fruits and veggies. This way, you can recreate all your favorite dishes from your trip at home.
After picking up some fresh produce from Morgantown Farmers Market, head over to Terra Cafe for brunch along the Monongahela River. Terra Cafe uses ingredients from Round Right Farm and Possum Tail Farm, located in neighboring Preston County, to create quality, unique dishes that satisfy any craving.
Hill and Hollow
Enjoy a meal al fresco while spending a relaxing evening on the patio at Hill and Hollow. This Morgantown restaurant creates global cuisine from ingredients found throughout the hills and valleys of West Virginia. They host a number of farm-to-table dinners throughout the year and curate meals around what’s in season at the moment.
Day Three: The “Mmm” in Metro Valley
J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works
Make a drive to the Capital city of Charleston and start your day with a tour and tasting at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works. Here, a seventh-generation salt-making family harvests an all-natural salt by hand from an ancient ocean trapped below the Appalachian Mountains of the Kanawha Valley.
After your tasty tour, visit the Capitol Market and peruse the local vendors’ stands. Located in a renovated freight station from the 1800s, the market is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Along with fresh produce, you can find unique West Virginia gifts and goodies. Pick up lunch from one of the indoor specialty shops– from seafood to sushi to freshly cut meats and sandwiches, there’s something for everyone here. On your way out, don’t forget to grab a coffee from Mea Cuppa. After one sip, you’ll soon realize that it’s no ordinary coffee shop.
For dinner, travel a little over 30 minutes to Gritt’s Farm. This family-owned farm has been in operation since 1927. Today, you can enjoy a family-style, four-course farm-to-table meal on the farm. (Be sure to buy a ticket in advance as this event is held once per month!) One of the best parts is that before and after the meals, you can explore the surrounding fields and even buy the same fresh produce used in your meal.
With so much West Virginia flavor to explore, when will your foodie road trip begin? Find the perfect path to flavor by requesting a FREE copy of the 2021 Vacation Guide.Explore More Foodie Finds
This post was last updated on August 26, 2021