Pete Pacelli and his wife have created a wonderful oasis in Capon Bridge, W. Va., with the Farmer's Daughter market and butcher. The shop is a whole animal butchery and full-service grocery dedicated to respectful and sustainable sourcing or as they say, "West Virginia's finest finest." They regularly whip up some of the tastiest sandwiches you've ever seen, put on fun pop-up events and have playful, drool-worthy marketing. They've won Good Food Awards in 2017 and 2108 for charcuterie, and that's no small feat. The San Francisco-based Good Food Awards "recognizes American food and drink crafters who demonstrate a commitment to creating tasty, authentic and responsibly made products and in doing so, better the nation’s food system," and in 2018, there were only 199 in the nation. People come from miles to shop at their joint, and people here in the region can catch them at the Shepherdstown Farmer's Market on Sundays while they're still going on. Go get yourself some capicola! Check out the website at https://www.farmersdaughterwv.com and their Facebook and Instagram pages (but get ready to drive to Capon Bridge for a sandwich, then!).
Want to read about all the other folks in Panhandle Portraits? I profiled 77 wonderful West Virginians. Details about the two-volume set at http://www.katherinecobb.com/panhandle-portraits.html.
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