Snow doesn’t stop the farm-grown freshness here!

It may be the dead of winter, but that doesn’t stop West Virginia farmers.

Gather in Charleston and Morgantown for the Winter Blues Farmers Market for locally raised meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, jams, jellies, nuts, honey, maple syrup, fruits, leafy greens, woolen products and more.

This premier, producer-only market shows off the bounty of West Virginia even in the winter months.

In addition to a host of produce, meat, woolen, A bushel of fresh asparagus from West Virginiawooden and farm-raised items, you can also enjoy local musicians and restaurants. Local chefs will also offer pay-as-you-go dishes, crafted with local products. Grab a bite, shop around and learn about our local farms.

The event happens in conjunction with the Cast Iron Cook-Off, Appalachia’s premier gourmet cooking competition, which is in Morgantown this year. Chefs compete to impress the judges with local fare to celebrate the local farm-to-table movement and culinary heritage. If the creative meals inspire you, grab some produce and try to whip something up yourself!

Not only is the market a great way to explore local foods, it also demonstrates best practices for farmers, including accepting Electronic Benefits Transfers (EBT) and credit cards, collecting sale information and requiring local ingredients.

Check one out:

Charleston – The 9th Annual Winter Blues Farmers Market & Local Dine Around
Sunday, Feb. 12, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center

Morgantown – The Winter Blues North Farmers Market & Cast Iron Cook-Off
Thursday, Feb. 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park

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This post was last updated on March 16, 2022