Hidden Creek Farm Market opens in Hillsboro – Pocahontas Times

Hidden Creek Farm Market opens in Hillsboro – Pocahontas Times
Fresh produce, baked goods, kitchen supplies and more fill the cases and shelves at the Hidden Creek Farm Market in Hillsboro. The market, operated by a newly established Amish community, opened June 28 to overwhelming support from residents and visitors who have been excited about all the market has to offer. The Hidden Creek Farm Market is located on Lobelia Road, 1.5 miles off Rt. 219. Photos by S. Stewart

Susan Stewart
Staff Writer

An Amish community was established in Hillsboro and the families opened the Hidden Creek Farm Market, where they sell fresh produce, baked goods and more.

Elam Lapp explained that families like to work together in small communities and find a common goal to work toward – in this case, the market.

“They usually decide as a community what they want to do,” he said. “Like here, it’s grown by lots of different farmers, and so they can focus on making a good product and just have a few people run the place so the others can do what they do best.”

After looking at the market, it’s clear they’re good at growing and baking. The fresh fruits and vegetables are varied and plentiful, with a variety of tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, potatoes, and seasonal fruits like blueberries, raspberries, and sugar plums.

Then there are baked goods – fresh bread, rolls, cinnamon rolls, cakes and cookies galore.

The market opened on June 28 and saw a rush of customers eagerly waiting to see the new store.

Lapp said he was pleased with the community’s response and hoped customers would take advantage of the market’s surplus of fresh produce.

“In August, they may have a lot of tomatoes – they’re just shooting up,” he said. “I wish the consumer knew that it would be a good time to can tomatoes and make sauce and stuff, because a month later, they may not have any left.”

Lapp said they hope to soon offer fresh dairy products in addition to fruits and vegetables, baked goods and other cooking items.

“There are a lot of requests from locals,” he said. “West Virginia is passing a new law that allows direct sales of raw milk. They here have been very excited about this opportunity because in Pennsylvania, where I’m from, it’s illegal for me to sell raw milk without filling out all the paperwork. That’s a challenge. For them down here, it would be very, very exciting to be able to sell raw milk products.”

Lapp said several of the families already have dairy cows and could begin bottling milk if it becomes legal in West Virginia. If that happens, they also plan to launch homemade yogurt.

Currently, six families live in the community, but Lapp said several more are in the process of moving to Hillsboro to join the community and market.

Lapp said the community wants to stay small and reap the fruits of its labor.

“Keep the vision of a godly community on a small scale like this rather than having hundreds of families,” he said. “That’s definitely the driving intention behind just getting a piece of land, farming it, taking care of God’s creation as he intended, and then expanding and starting something new and growing from there.”

Hidden Creek Farm Market is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located on Lobelia Road, just 1.5 miles off Rt. 219 in Hillsboro.