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 10 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.
The little market in Huntington, West Virginia, has been around for over 36 years, even before it became known as Julian’s. One thing hasn’t changed, however, and that’s the reputation for quality products, food, and customer service. Keeping the tradition of being the best local market in town is something that distinguishes the store from others. Featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, you can order sweet and savory food trays for your next party any day of the week. You can pick up gift baskets and they have a selection of gift baskets that contain gourmet chocolate, fresh fruits, cheeses, and crackers.
Fresh food and friendly service is what you’ll find at Front Street Grocers in Thomas, West Virginia. This independently owned and operated market features organic and freshly grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs, along with eggs, dairy products, and meats and cheeses. They also have a good selection of beer and wine, sparkling waters, tea, fresh juices, and specially-made kombucha. You can even find the best in Latin American, Mediterranean, Asian, and Indian spices and other products for your favorite recipe.
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.
Developing a community atmosphere by supporting local farmers and food producers, the Alderson Green Grocer in Alderson, West Virginia, has the old-time look and feel of the farmers’ markets of yesteryear. Visitors see friendly faces and familiar folks while they shop for organic and homegrown items and raise awareness of nutritious and sustainable food. Open limited hours, AGG offers Sweet Springs Water, and has the Sunnyside Café with sandwiches, soups, and salads.
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.
From its modest beginnings in 1944, Witschey’s has two locations in the Mountain State. One is in Middlebourne and the other is in New Martinsville, West Virginia. The friendly staff will make you feel at home while you shop and can answer questions about their products and pharmacy services. They offer weekly ads, coupons, and other savings for shoppers.
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.
Don’t let the size of this little out-of-the-way market fool you. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in customer service and excellent food. Five generations of family have been providing the best in quality and good-tasting fruits and vegetables. Butler’s Farm Market, an award-winning market located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, offers Butler’s Best Brands in jellies, jams, salsas, dry drink mixes, homemade pies, and farm fresh eggs, milk, and butter. Open every day except Sunday from mid-March through November.