Sunset Berry Farm, located atop beautiful Flat Mountain in Alderson, West Virginia, was established in 2010. Kent is a third generation strawberry producer and has been growing his own strawberries since age 9.With 5 acres and 3 high tunnels in active production, Kent and Jennifer specialize in strawberries, sweet corn & watermelon production. Sunset Berry Farm was the recipient of the "sweetest strawberry" award at the West Virginia Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon.
Our products are enjoyed by students in Greenbrier, Summers, Monroe & Wayne counties and at these fine restaurants: Jim's Drive In, Alderson Big Wheel & Stuart's Smokehouse.
We are very excited about our newest partnership with Amy's Cakes & Cones in downtown Lewisburg, where strawberry treats of all kinds can be enjoyed! Our strawberries, plain or chocolate dipped, are perfect for special events, such as weddings, during the months of May & June. Our busiest weekend of the year is Mother's Day, when our staff is busy dipping and delivering strawberries by the dozens to the most loved mom's in the Greenbrier Valley.
Visit us at Alderson's annual strawberry festival for wonderful food, music, games, shopping, entertainment and good friends! The festival is always the last Saturday in May (Memorial Day weekend).
Our strawberry patch is open to the public May 15-mid June (varies slighly each season). U Pick and groups are welcome. We offer educational field trip packages including U Pick, fun pollination lessons, seed planting in take home pots and scavenger hunt hayrides
Strawberries are a high demand crop, but the supply is low in West Virginia because they are highly specialized, labor intense and a demanding crop. However, this is an excellent crop for farmers to consider adding to their growing program since strawberries sell quickly and command premium prices. We are working to alleviate some of the challenges so strawberries can be successfully produced by more farms in our region. Challenges include deer intrusion, weed pressure, labor demands related to runner removal and planting time conflicts with other demands, such as harvesting late summer crops and planting cover crops. Current planting recommendations are limited to a narrow window in August, which is quite early and overlaps with demands of late summer crops, such as sweet corn. Pushing back planting dates for strawberries in West Virginia would be optimal to decrease weed and deer pressure. Our desire is to determine a later viable planting window for West Virginia to increase success for existing strawberry producers and encourage new start up strawberry farms.
With small farms having limited space, time, labor and resources, strawberry production presents a unique challenge. The fragile strawberry is susceptible to severe weather conditions, pests and constant threat from deer intrusion.
With the new knowledge we gleaned from this SARE study, we adjusted our planting dates to the first week of September which pushes back the date by two weeks from the previously recommended date of August 15. Even moving the dates back just two weeks allows us to get other work completed prior to planting strawberries, such as harvesting corn and watermelons and planting cover crops. Later planting dates also proved to be beneficial for minimizing weed growth, decreasing deer damage and reduced runner development, all of which contribute to more successful production.
Come pick with us in WV's sweetest strawberry patch!
791 Sunset School Road, Alderson, West Virginia 24910, United States
Please follow our signs once you get on Flat Mountain Road (the last 4 miles) because the map systems are not accurate. (304) 646-3784
PYO strawberries May 15-June 5
PYO sunflowers August-Frost
Please call ahead to confirm availability