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Farm Market Extradinaire

May 30, 2012

Returning to West Virginia from a business trip to New York City permitted us the routing to visit West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle on the way home to Huntington, in the opposite corner of the state. For those of you reading this blog from out of state, West Virginia’s borders are a bit….irregular and because of the Appalachian Mountains, you can’t get from here to there directly. Wiggle waggle roads are normal, but golly gee, the scenery is fantastic.

We arranged to visit a number of places, so watch this blog for some interesting reports over the next week or so.

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Our first stop was easy to find. Orr’s Farm Market has paid the West Virginia Highway Department to include signage on I-81 as well as for the next few needed turns to lead visitors to their farm.  This is a fantastic albeit pricey marketing tool to draw people off the highway, luring them with the concept of fresh produce, much of it available as pick-your-own.

Driving up the farm road we noticed the goats but missed the peacocks until we stopped back on the way out. They were not in open show so we didn’t take any photos to entice you.  However, you might enjoy visiting the herd of 16 buffalo!  Buffalo meat is available for purchase.  Longhorn steers are grazing in another part of the 1000 acre farm and that meat is also available for sale.

Past these animals, you pass the orchards and fields until you get to the market parking lot.

The market is full of great yummies including fresh fruits and vegetables as well as packaged items. The Orrs also have several of their recipes canned for sale, a bakery to capitalize on the use of fruit that may be passing peak fresh eating, and 

~~~~~Of course we went out to the strawberry field to pick and we were not the only ones there having a great time!

We also checked out other areas of the farm which produce fruit later in the season. Some are pick-you-own, like the tomatoes and pumpkins. Others, like the tree fruit are pre-picked and ready for purchase in the market.

Harvest Dates

Strawberries Late May-June
Sweet Cherries Mid June-Late June
Tart Cherries Late June-Early July
Blue Berries Late June-Late July
Black Raspberries Late June-Late July
Semi-Freestone Peaches Early July-Late July
Freestone Peaches Early August-Mid September
Nectarines Late July-August
Plums Late July-August
White Peaches August
Blackberries August
Table Grapes August-Mid Summer
Red Raspberries August-Late September
Watermelon/Cantaloupe August
Summer Apples August
Apples Start in September
Pears September-October
Asian Pears Start in October
Pumpkins Mid September-October

  

Orr’s is a 3-generation farm with over 25 employees in the market and over 100 in the fields and packing sheds in season. They run several festivals and other programs during the year and host school visits and birthday parties. They have an event room and have been reserved for wedding rehearsal dinner and other events. Special programs were detailed on a prior blog and are also found on their website.   In addition, they market wholesale to several places in the Washington, DC area as well as grocery chains along the east coast.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Orr’s Farm Market offers about six months of fresh produce in season to those fortunate enough to live close enough to make the trip. Katie Orr described how there are many local families who visit weekly and many others who make seasonal trips to purchase larger quantities for their own home processing.  I know I will stop again when I make my next trip through that area in September!!  Hmmm, heirloom apples and pears for sure.

Orr’s Farm Market
682 Orr Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403

304-263-1168

info@orrsfarmmarket.com

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2012 4:59 pm

    Leaving DC, I went through Hagerstown, Morgantown, then Wheeling on over to Columbus on the way home last fall. Was I anywhere close? The main thing I remember from that journey was being stuck behind some monster construction rig that took up most of the two lanes on the highway, with a police escort. We crawled along at about 5 MPH for what seemed like ages. Certainly got a pretty good look at the bushes and trees along the highway… 😉

    • May 30, 2012 5:08 pm

      Had you driven south on I-81 instead of heading west on I-70, you would have hit the turn off in about 15 miles, so it would have been close but a little out of the way. Well worth it if you have a cooler to take it home!

      • May 30, 2012 5:20 pm

        Not so fresh after it’s been driven clear to the west coast though 😉 But, yes, sounds like it’s well worth it for you! It looks totally wonderful. Our CSA is gradually expanding to include fresh fish and (my favorite) homemade sourdough bread…. yummy. (also there’s meat and eggs and tamales, but those are generally not on my shopping list.)

  2. May 30, 2012 6:09 pm

    Sounds fantastic! I felt like I was there with you! The strawberries down here came in a month early this year and we missed them. One of these years, I’ll have my own I hope.

  3. MJ Wenzel permalink
    May 31, 2012 7:23 am

    Orr’s is one of my favorites. I go there every year for the things I don’t grow or can’t get out here. Like Spaghetti squash, great cooking spices and unpasteurized apple cider. They always have tons of great goodies to bring home and generally great prices. I almost always ask what is on special to bring home to can esp. close to the end of growing season.

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