The Wild Ramp injects $350,000 back into local economy!

HUNTINGTON — The Wild Ramp has injected nearly $350,000 into the local economy and hopes to continue success as the market prepares for a big move. The Wild Ramp, a nonprofit local foods market located in Heritage Station, provides a space for local farmers and producers to sell agriculturally related items. The Wild Ramp keeps 10 percent of sales and gives 90 percent back to the producer. From July 2012, when the market opened, to December 2013, the market has paid $345,710 to a total 121 producers. “It has been amazing to see the community come together to build this market from scratch,” said board president Gail Patton. “It is rewarding to see the market making such an impact on the local economy.” The Wild Ramp board of directors continue to look forward as the market prepares to move to the Central City Market in Huntington’s historic Central City district … Continue reading

Consider Shopping Local This Holiday Season

I’m sure many of you, like me, are caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  With Thanksgiving falling so close to Christmas this year, it’s made it a bit more challenging to get everything done that “needs to get done”.  In fact, part of what I need to get done each week is write a post for The Wild Ramp.  However, I haven’t been to the market the past couple of weeks, because I have been busy spending time with family and friends, decorating our Christmas tree, and shopping for Christmas presents.  So, I haven’t been writing.  I missed it. Anyway, many of the gifts I purchased are from the mall.  However, this coming weekend, I vow to shop local and support The Wild Ramp and many other area businesses.  I feel truly blessed that we have a market like The Wild Ramp in our community.  … Continue reading

Join The Wild Ramp at the Second Annual Heritage Station Fall Festival this Saturday, October 19th from 10-5 pm.

This Saturday celebrate the fall season at Heritage Station Shops located in Downtown Huntington. A great opportunity to eat, play, and shop the seasonal offerings of each independently owned shop! Fall Festival 2013 Schedule 11:00 am Music and Craft Fair on the Patio 12:00 pm Lunch Special at River and Rail Bakery- Rolling R Brats! 2:00 pm Fall Fest Bake Off Judging Begins on the Patio, Taste the entries and vote for People’s Choice! 2:30 pm Finds and Designs Fall Fashion Show on the Patio! 3:00 pm Winners of Fall Fest Bake Off Announced! 5:00 pm Festivities continue at Sip Wine Bar and Tap House! As part of the festivities, The Wild Ramp will host its Second Annual Fall Fest Bake Off! All amateur chefs are welcome to enter their favorite homemade apple or pumpkin dessert. Apples and pumpkin are required to be locally grown or purchased at The Wild … Continue reading

Indoor Year-Round Farmers’ Markets and Some Rambling

When I moved here six years ago, I may have had a slight tendency to dwell on what this area did not have.  I missed Columbus.  I missed Toledo.  I missed living in that bigger place, that place with more opportunities to work and more opportunities to play.  It’s taken me a while, but I’ve come to see the light.  That is, I have come to value the beauty of this area that I now call my home.  I’m focusing on what this area has, instead of focusing on the has-nots.  Because the reality, you see, is that for many, myself included, we do not take advantage of all that is offered in that bigger place, anyway. Prime example, I lived in Toledo for three years.  I went to the art museum twice and the zoo only once.  Likewise, I lived in Columbus for three years.  I went to the … Continue reading

Time for “See you Later”

Writing the blog for The Wild Ramp Market has been a terrific experience that not only taught me a lot about farms and markets and food, but it also taught me a lot about myself. For example, my typical joke is that I grew up in a part of New Jersey which is NOT the image of a “Garden State”. Not only did I live in the midst of the urban/suburban sprawl, but my degree is in urban planning. And yet, despite that beginning, I found myself not only highly enjoying my visits to the farms and other producers, but I learned to recognize the high level of passion and dedication so many of these hard working people have. One way to improve your own attitude and view of life is to surround yourself with people who set a tone you can respect and emulate. And so, I found myself … Continue reading

For Many, Chocolate = Love

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz Funny but Walt Lewis feels the same way.  Several years ago he began to get interested in chocolate and went to the source to learn more: Oaxaca, Mexico. Long a part of ancient Mayan culture, the Aztecs adopted chocolate as part of their daily eating, calling it xocolatl, meaning ‘bitter water.’   Explorers brought it back to Europe, sugar was added, and the rest, as they say, is history. Walt did not want to just make chocolates (candy); he wanted to make the base ingredient. After several trips to Oaxaco and time spent working with a major chocolate maker there, he returned home.  Here, in the commercial kitchen in his Huntington, West Virginia home he magically (really, it takes a lot of work) takes roasted chocolate nibs from Oaxaca and prepares several kinds of … Continue reading

Accessibility at The Wild Ramp

These days I’m a stay-at-home mom and a volunteer down at The Wild Ramp.  But in college, I majored in Architecture, and back in the old days, I used to have a high-powered, high-stress job as a corporate architect in the big city (Boston). As an architect, I designed university buildings, courthouses, public libraries, and other public municipal buildings, and because of that experience, if you ask me if The Wild Ramp market is handicapped accessible, I’ll answer, “Well, technically… no”.   In order for a space to be considered compliant with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and be officially handicapped accessible, there are very stringent requirements it must meet.  Ramps and stairs must have handrails at certain heights.  There must be landings every 12 feet.  Ramps must slope no more than 1″ up or down in 12″ of length.  Doors must be a certain width.  There are pages and … Continue reading

Celebrity Volunteer – Ryan Hardiman

Theater veteran Ryan Hardiman will join the Wild Ramp volunteer team Saturday, July 20, as the day’s celebrity volunteer.  Ryan will be bagging groceries, greeting customers and helping the nonprofit local food market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ryan follows fellow celebrity volunteers Chris Miller of Dutch Miller Kia (May) and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (July). Having shared several summers with Huntington Outdoor Theater in “Beauty and the Beast” (Beast), “The Wedding Singer” (Robbie Hart), “My Fair Lady” (Freddie EynesfordHill) and “Guys and Dolls” (Big Jule), Ryan is proud to be a part of HOT’s final show, playing Corny Collins in “Hairspray.” Ryan will be bringing a pair of tickets to give away, good for one night at “Hairspray.” Customers that buy an item while Ryan is in the store will be entered in a drawing to win the tickets. While Ryan is in the market, the Wild Ramp is partnering with neighbor CommonGround Shoppes to host the MidSummer Herb … Continue reading

And the Winner Is. . .

  Our birthday celebration Saturday included a cake tasting throw down. Three volunteers created three very unique cakes that featured local ingredients.  The task given to those attending the birthday party was to taste the cakes, and pick a favorite. Picking a favorite was truly a difficult task. They were all quite different, and delicious! In the end chocolate trumped the day, and Raspberry Blackout Cake, a vegan recipe made by Jessica Long was crowned the people’s favorite. Jessica is one of our instructors for Let’s Cook Local classes. Her first class is August 1.   Raspberry Blackout Cake 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups plain, unsweetened soy or almond milk 1/2 cup canola oil 10 oz of raspberry preserves (reserve 1/2 cup for the batter) 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 1/4 … Continue reading

Help our Patch to Grow

The Wild Ramp is celebrating its One Year Birthday! You, the community, built this market and through your generous support made our first year very successful. Please help us celebrate the new things to come by continuing your support. We ask for our birthday that you consider looking at our birthday wish list by clicking this link, stopping by to make a contribution to our donation patch, or to sign up for volunteer hours to help the market’s continued success, or by becoming or renewing your Friend of the Market membership. What is the donation patch? The fundraiser is similar to the MS or Breast Cancer Drives at the other grocery stores. Ours is based on things we sell in the store. A $5 dollar donation will buy you a picture of strawberry, $15 a carrot, and so on, up to $100. For that you get the whole barnyard. Add your name to … Continue reading