What is it that The Wild Ramp does?

The answer to that question is long, very long. So in order to show you what the Wild Ramp does, we have created an annual report. We handed this out during our 2017 Stakeholders meeting but wanted to make sure that everyone was able to see what gets done here.

You have seen us in the store. The staff and volunteers working hard and the customers enjoying the fresh produc2016 By the Numberse and local products. But behind the scenes, there are many more hours invested by those who pay the bills, review the budgets, schedule the events, and work towards creating a modern space full of everything that makes the Wild Ramp what it is.

The farmers work with the staff to ensure product availability, while others write articles to help the “buy local” cause. Still, others develop and offer training to farmers and new producers to help them offer the best products and ensure they make a profit.

Then there are those who are our very loyal supporters. The single guy who stops in after work to pick up dinner and the mom who shops weekly in order to feed her family the very freshest and best meals available. The couples of all age ranges who come in and grab a cup of coffee and select their favorite items.  Young and old, singles and families, friends and neighbors…. your all an important part of the Wild Ramp family and you keep us going.

We would like to thank all of our supporters, those who shop with us, those that contribute to our cause, and those who fight the fights that occur. You make Huntington a little brighter by helping us serve the community.  We are interested in your thoughts and ask you to share your experiences with us. Next time you are in the market, please grab a survey card. On that card, there is a QR that can be scanned with your phone and link you to a short survey. Or, you can use a computer to complete the survey. Either way, it is very short and will help us to provide you with the best service we can.

2016 TWR annual report

 

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2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Wild Ramp Farm to Table

The date has been set, the menu is being planned, and we are extremely excited to share with everyone that once again, we will be lining 14th Street West with tables and chairs to enjoy a local feast with our friends and neighbors. The Wild Ramp’s Annual Farm to Table Dinner has been scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Social hour begins at 5 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm. There will be delicious local food, great music, and wonderful company in the heart of Old Central City once again as we bring everyone together for our annual fundraiser dinner.

What is the market raising money for this year? The Wild Ramp is hoping to fund a major investment in the market;  a backup generator in order to help protect the frozen foods and produce in the case of power loss. We have been shopping for a pre-owned generator that will fit our needs and the cost is estimated at $25,000.

Over the past year, we have had several close calls due to power outages. Although we do have a plan in place to safeguard these products, it involves relocating them offsite. Unfortunately, this plan is less than optimal because it is labor intensive and can damage products’ packaging, and it does not offer a solution if we lose power overnight. Therefore, we are very hopeful that we can raise enough money for this investment that will protect our farmers’ precious products for many years to come.

We will keep you posted on the details as they are confirmed.

 

 

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The Wild Ramp Farm to Table Dinner

Title: The Wild Ramp Farm to Table Dinner
Location: 555 14th Street West Huntington, WV
Description: We will be lining the street with tables filled with deliciously prepared local food at our annual Farm to Table Dinner on September 30th. We will begin the evening with a social hour that starts at 5 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm. There will be great local music and plenty of good company to create an exciting but intimate event.
Start Time: 5:00pm
Date: 2017-09-30

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Artisan Jury Schedule for 2017

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Having beautiful artisan items in The Wild Ramp is something that the Market Operations Committee works hard to arrange. Part of that process is to “jury” every item to ensure a good variety of high-quality products.  And in order to make the process easier, we are posting our Artisan Jury Schedule for 2017.

The dates are: May 16, August 16, and October 24, 2017.

We encourage new submission from current producers and artisans interested in selling their arts and goods at The Wild Ramp. Items should be labeled in accordance with state and federal guidelines (USDA, FDA, or other regulators as applicable). The WV Department of Agriculture is available as a resource to ensure proper labeling for agricultural based items.

All items are due to the market manager the week prior to the “jury” and require an application and proper labeling. Please call the Market Manager is you have questions about the process.

 

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Tickets now on Sale for the Wild Ramp Farm to Table Dinner

Wild Ramp Farm to Table

The day has come! Finally the seats are available for our Farm to Table Dinner.  This will be a our major fundraiser for this year and look forward to spending time with our friends.

As a thank you to our Friends of the Market, current Friends get dibs on the first seats!! Your membership as a Friend of the Market must be current in order to get the early access. If your FOM has expired, you can renew  your membership and buy tickets at the same time.

From now until Tuesday, August 9th at 9am, Friends of the Market can purchase tickets for the October 1st dinner for $75 each.  Tuesday at 9am, ticket sales open to the public at the same price.  We will not be issuing actual paper tickets, but will be using a sign up/reservation style system.  You can reserve and pay for your tickets in person at the Wild Ramp check out.  Please bring your Wild Ramp F.O.M. card, or we can look up your information.

We are super excited about our first Farm to Table Dinner and look forward to this being an annual event.  We are starting small for this inaugural event with only 100 tickets available.  The event will take place on 14th Street West, in front of the market starting at 5 pm, with dinner served at 6pm.

More details to follow…

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We Love our Volunteers!

Volunteer Training
Our Volunteer training day went very well and we have had a lot of positive feedback. We plan on holding another meeting towards the end of the year. We know that things change and review is important to help you do your job. If you have ideas for training topics, please don’t hesitate to share them with us. We have gotten a lot of good information and ideas from our volunteers on things that need attention.

As always, you can reach us at volunteer@wildramp.org.

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Dandelion Festival 2016

 

dandelion festThis Saturday we’d love to have you join Studio 8 for a full day of events focused on connecting with others, connecting with ourselves, and connecting with nature and the food we eat and supporting The Wild Ramp.

We are honored that Joan St. Clair and the her team have decided to support the Wild Ramp in this way. The money raised will help us obtain a display cooler so that we can better serve our community. We are super excited about this!

The events include an earthing practice, guided hike, herbal tea lecture with Registered Yoga Teacher and Nutritionist Lacy Davidson. There will be music by Keith Artisan, as well as an Ayurvedic and herbal workshop with Pavarti Maureen Heil from Philadelphia. There will also be grounding yoga practice with Sara Limb. And not to worry about the kiddos! There will be concurrent activities for kids.


The evening events consist of cocktails with local kombucha and spirits and all locally-sourced ingredients, a farm to table dinner with short wellness and farming discussions and live music with Mark Smith of Moonshine Crossing. Dinner is followed by a concert with Lobo Marino from Richmond, Virginia. It all takes place on a historic farm in the city limits of Huntington.

This will be a fabulous day of local fun that also helps build your local community! Please contact Studio 8 for details. You can register at www.studio8wv.com.

 

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Friend of the Market Specials

rossisauceThis week there are two Friend of the Market Specials!!  Now through May 20th save 20% on all Rossi Pasta products AND save 10% on Eaton Well Farms Duck!!  With these deals, now is the time to try something new!

Not a friend of the Market? Expired ? We will be happy to explain the benefits of being a Friend and sign you up!!

 

We are a community supported, non-profit business that focuses on developing small farmers and providing better access to fresh local food. By supporting us, we can continue to bring you local and regional foods that you love. Friends have multiple membership levels starting at $50 per year with a 12 hour per year volunteer commitment, or you can select the $100 per year level without the time commitment. Either way you get all the benefits which include reserving items by phone for same day pick up, check writing privileges, discounted classes and events, and special discounts!

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