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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Southeastern West Virginia in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Monroe County

  • Sunset Berry Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, corn (sweet), peaches, pumpkins, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons, Other fruit or veg, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, face painting, jumping pillow, ziplines, train rides (train on a track), farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    791 Laurel Creek Road Flat Mountain, Alderson, WV 24910. Phone: (304) 646-3784. Email: [email protected]. Open: Strawberry pick your own is open May to June 10 Daily 9am to 9pm Sunflower pick your own August and September every weekend 12pm until 9pm. Directions: From Alderson Senior Center, turn onto Flat Mountain Road. Take the first left onto Laurel Creek Road and then first right onto Sunset School Road. Farm sign and entrance on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Venmo, PayPal, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Sunset Berry Farm Facebook page. . Strawberry season is typically: May 15 to June 10 Sunflower season is typically July until frost. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. sunflowers. (UPDATED: November 11, 2020) (ADDED: June 22, 2015)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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