There are few things better and more inviting than the friendly atmosphere and great food available at local food markets. Scattered all over the Mountain State are many independently owned market establishments that offer the freshest seasonal produce, meat, and other food products in season and throughout the year. Not only that, but by visiting one of these markets you are supporting the local economy. Here are the best markets in the state.
Once a bustling rail yard and focal point of Charleston’s commerce hub, this area became the spot for an important revitalization effort to create a tourist attraction, premier shopping place, and social hub in the late 1990s, and Capitol Market was born. With over 16,000 square-feet of retail stores that offer everything from specialty items like wine, cheese, and fresh seafood to outdoor farmers markets selling flowers, vegetables, herbs, and more, the market has teamed with other organizations to host special events like Science Saturdays, cooking demonstrations, special music, fundraisers, and dance competitions. This is your one-stop shopping place when in Charleston, West Virginia.
Looking for a great place to get locally grown and raised produce? This year-round community-supported market began with the vision of three students from Marshall University who wanted to create a place where local farmers and other food producers could offer their items to the public. Since its opening in 2016, the Wild Ramp has offered items from 158 producers and hosted multiple events including farm-to-table dinners.
The locally owned and operated Farmers Daughter Market & Butchery in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, is a full-service grocer and source for meats, produce, dairy products, and dry goods. Open every day except Monday, this unique market is worth the drive. Quality meats like fresh steaks, bacon, and sausages are available and they have a good selection of beers, wines, and ciders.
Featuring a storefront specialty market, café, and restaurant, Fish Hawk Acres in Buckhannon, West Virginia, brings Appalachian fresh to a new level. With daily specials in the café that are all made from scratch to the grab and go section of the market where you can take home fresh salads, meats, and desserts, you won’t have trouble finding something delicious. They can even do custom baking for your next event or party with at least a 48-hour notice.
The Community Garden Market in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, has been promoting healthy eating since it opened in 1999. Committed to healthy eating habits, the market seeks to provide locally grown natural and organic food and products at the best prices. Located in the beautiful downtown area, visitors can buy fresh and pesticide-free produce, clean water, and support the local economy.