Title: 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair
Location: The Wild Ramp 555 14th Street West Huntington WV
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Description: May 20, 2017 from 10 am to 4pm in Old Central City.
Free and open to the public… music, food, vendors, activities, workshops and demos about sustainability!!
The Huntington Sustainability Fair is a cooperative effort by Marshall University Sustainability Department, Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, the Wild Ramp, the City of Huntington, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the Old Central City Association, Tour DePATH and many more.
Area crafts persons, artisans, farmers/growers, organizations, businesses and more are invited to participate in our event for a fee of $20 to set up a booth, which is used to help us fund this and next year’s event.
To participate in our event, go to www.HuntingtonSustainabilityFair.com, click on the participant tab and register.
Marshall’s sustainability department is also issuing a Green Challenge in connection with the fair. “Take the Green Challenge and get some Green Swag! By downloading the Green Calendar from the Marshall University Sustainability Department website or Facebook page, performing each challenge and being among the first 10 to bring your checked sheet to our booth at the far, participants can win a cool bag of green and sustainable items.
Start Time: 10:00AM
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 produce 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
Posted in Local, Wild Ramp
Tagged 2016, buy local, community, community support, eat local, farmers market, Huntington, local, local economy, Meet Your Farmer, shop local, The Wild Ramp, volunteers, West Virginia, Wild Ramp, WV
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.
Posted in Classes/Events, Local, Wild Ramp
Tagged back up generator, buy local, community support, eat local, events, farm to table, Farm to Table DInner, Fundraiser, Huntington, The Wild Ramp, West Virginia
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
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.
Posted in Local, Meet your Artisans, Producers, Wild Ramp
Tagged art, artisans, buy local, hand made, Huntington, Jury Schedule, local, locally made, Wild Ramp
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…
Posted in Classes/Events, General, Local, Meet Your Farmer, Wild Ramp
Tagged community support, don't eat food from strangers, farm to table, farmers market, food, Friends of the Market, Huntington, know your farmer, local food, local foods market, Meet Your Farmer, sustainability, Wild Ramp, WV
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.