The Walker Valley Market in the Pearisburg, VA community is one of the nicest Amish food-and-more stores I’ve visited. I was here once before, about a year ago, but only shared quick photos of the front of the store and a couple of food items. A reader named Shawn also visited this place which featured in a 2016 post. I had a chance to make a proper visit again in December, just before Christmas, to give you a closer look at what you’ll find, should you make the trip to this beautiful Appalachian valley.
The market is very spacious, and friendly. All the usual fare is here – bulk foods, canned goods, baked goods, and some variety store items.
They have some of the best sandwiches. Compared to the ones at another Amish store I’d had a week or two earlier, these are head and shoulders above. Those were not bad, but these have better bread and are packed with meat and fillings.
You fill out your order by checking off the items you want, which is the way it’s usually done in Amish stores.
Closer view of the menu. Looks like my brother is going for a Reuben with Thousand Island dressing and ketchup. Not exactly what I would choose, bro, but then again our tastes haven’t always aligned.
A friendly reminder, which is more relevant at busier times. We were the only ones ordering as it was the end of the day, so numbers weren’t needed.
If there is one thing this store could be known for, it is maple syrup. I haven’t seen such a selection before.
Going by the names and places, many if not all appear to come from Amish producers.
Having sampled all of these, I can tell you the tastes definitely vary. Not drastically, but there are subtle differences in sweetness. Some have more of a caramel-like flavor.
This is the locally-produced stuff in the decorative containers.
I like the turpentine-style can. I assume the flavor is a lot better than turpentine.
These are the jumbo sizes for the true syrup guzzlers out there. Half gallons and full gallons.
Now let’s check out the hats. If a store has plain hats, it’s a good sign the local Amish community shops there too.
Something for more formal occasions. Big price difference.
The place also has a sizable furniture selection in the back.
Funny story: I have been trying to meet the bishop on my visits to this community, and seem to keep just missing him. Last time I went by his home way up on the mountainside, and spoke with one of his sons to find he was just out.
Little did I know but I came face to face with him in the store – both this time, and the last. Not realizing who he was, this time I think we even exchanged brief pleasantries in passing. Later the checkout girl informed me of the man’s identity. I think third try will be the charm.
One other thing. I mentioned before that there is a large prison in the valley. It’s an especially beautiful, and frankly surprising, location for a place of incarceration. Apparently the inmates do farm work. Many of the prison workers are customers of the market. The checkout girl told me they recently had a prison employee customer appreciation day, with special deals for the workers.
We were the last customers in the place.
Looking back on leaving the valley as night falls.