Sweeten up your palate with these #AlmostHeaven fruits

Whether you are stopping by your neighborhood farmer’s market or a local family farm, summertime fruits are in excess in West Virginia. Check out these native fruits to sweeten up your sunny days!

Apples

Did you know that in 1912 the Golden Delicious apple was first discovered in Clay County? Thanks to this apple’s delicious flavor and crisp texture it was designated the West Virginia state fruit in 1995!

Use this list of small town farmer’s markets within the state to plan a sweet road trip through West Virginia.

Blackberries

There are around 20 species of blackberries native to West Virginia, making them abundant all over the state! Ranging from bright purple to deep blue, these treats are as tasty as they are beautiful.

Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg is excited to be offering socially distanced berry picking this 2020 season. To begin your planning, read through their precautions and reserve a slot to pick your own delicious fruit.

Blueberries

The most common varieties of this sweet classic in West Virginia are wild blueberries and huckleberries. While these varieties are not sold commercially, many farmers have perfect berries to shop for.

White Oak Farm in Renick is the place to for a one-of-a-kind blueberry picking experience. With additional precautions in place for safe social distancing, this family owned farm will brighten your summer day.

Pawpaws

Known locally as the “West Virginia banana”, pawpaws are a sweet, oblong fruit that grow wild on trees throughout the state.

Pawpaws are the largest native fruit in the state and contain tropical flavors that are hard to come by naturally in Appalachia. Want a taste of this unique fruit? Check out these West Virginia businesses adding pawpaw to ice cream, moonshine, and more.

Peaches

99% of the peach trees located in West Virginia can be found in just four counties: Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan. On these sweet trees you will most commonly find the Loring, Redhaven, and Cresthaven varieties.

Grab a bushel or two of these delicious West Virginia peaches at one of the many farmers markets all throughout the state. Find the closest market to you using this directory!

Strawberries

Bright red and sugary sweet, strawberries are a summer icon anywhere… but especially in Almost Heaven.

Looking to add some fresh goodies to your summer palate? Check out these marketplaces where vendors from all over the state sell their delicious goods.

 

This post was last updated on August 6, 2020