Make time in your calendar for the berry patch.
➼ It’s not truly summer in these parts ’til you’ve been berry picking. Blueberries ripen in late June and into July. So grab your water bottle and sunblock, don your straw hat, and pack a cooler for your haul—the blueberry harvest is nigh.
Blueberry Ridge Farm in Fairmont is Morgantown’s closest u-pick. It’s $4 a pound, cash or check only. Picking is open three to four days a week; last year, usually Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 9 a.m.–9 p.m., but call the hotline or check Facebook to confirm. Last year’s season ran through July 26. Blueberry Ridge Farm is about a half-hour drive from Morgantown atop Bunner Ridge—check Facebook for detailed driving directions. Tom Moran Lane, Fairmont, hotline 304.368.8294, @blueberryridgefarms
If you’re impatient and enjoy making a day of it, try Orr’s Farm Market in Martinsburg—a two-plus-hour drive east. Five varieties mean picking that starts early and lasts long—it can even run into August. Pick-your-own blueberries are $3.29 per pound. Double your fun: U-pick for some other berries overlaps with the blueberry harvest: black raspberries, late June to mid-July, and blackberries and red raspberries, late July into September. Pick your own flowers, too, mid-July through August.
Featured photo by Katie Molnar