WV eastern panhandle local food list


Eating locally grown food is one of the joys of summer for me. Local food is fresh and ripe. It's not trucked far distances so less fossil fuel and less preservatives are used. It's less processed. Local food usually uses less chemicals. No growth hormones, no antibiotics and wide open pastures are the norm for local meat. Local food supports our local economy. All these things make local food fresher, healthier, tastier, and more sustainable. Local food just makes sense. 


Listed below are some of the places to find food locally to Shepherdstown and the Eastern panhandle of WV. Thank you Farmers!

Buy Local Plants

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) native perennial

It is simple to taste the difference between a locally grown, freshly picked strawberry and its supermarket counterpart grown and shipped from California.  It is more complicated to tell the difference between a locally grown plant and one shipped to a big box garden store.  Although I still, on occasion, pick up a flat of pansies at the Home Depot, I prefer to buy local plants for the following reasons:

it all starts in the soil


Soil is extremely important for growing gardens; it’s the starting point and the base for plant growth. Good soil is alive and contains earthworms, insects, bacteria, fungi, and nutrients. I learn more about this all the time. Here’s what I know now:

victory gardens

WWII poster

During WW1 and WW2, 20 million Victory Gardens were planted in backyards, parks, and  rooftops to help with food production. They grew 41 percent of the produce that was consumed in the nation. Fruit and vegetables harvested in these home and community plots was estimated to be 9-10 million tons.

recycle and reuse

candy wrapper bowl

There is barely any reason to throw away any plastic anymore. Reducing plastic by not buying it at all is the best way to phase out plastic, but the next best thing is recycling and reusing it. It is nearly impossible to eliminate all plastic from our lives. But luckily, almost all plastic can be recycled, reused, or repurposed. 




The first step in reducing plastic is taking notice of the types of plastic in the trash and recycling. The next step is figuring ways to replace or reuse it. I also keep in mind whether or not the plastic can/will be recycled. I don’t like the idea of any plastic going to the landfill. If it can’t/won’t be recycled (it's an understandably picky process, see the upcoming recycling and reusing blog for more info), then it becomes a priority for me to find an alternative. I’m still working on this. Here are some things decreased or gone from my house over the years:

the facts

plastic ocean

first the bad news:

Plastic is made with petroleum. The manufacturing of plastic produces toxic chemicals. Plastic contains 5 of the 6 chemicals that produce the most hazardous waste. These chemicals are inhaled and ingested by people and have possible health effects including cancer, body system problems, and developmental problems. 8 out of 10 babies and nearly all adults have plastic bi-products in their bodies.


20,000 words

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's 20,000 from my walks in February


giving thanks


When I was in college, I did a series of lessons called “the pollution solution” with a 2nd grade class. We did science projects, read books, and wrote about the pollution of water, land and air. For the last lesson, I drew the human body. I pointed to the lungs and asked if the earth were a body, what would the lungs represent? They knew it was the air. We revisited health lessons and talked about how smoking is bad for our lungs and it made sense that pollution in the air is bad for the earth. Next I pointed to the blood vessels.


I walk on the same path along the river every day. But when the whole family takes a walk, here are a few places close by that we like best