Frances H. has volunteered at The Wild Ramp for over two years. She is a native West Virginian who moved to Huntington to attend Marshall University. She retired from Marshall two years ago and spends her time volunteering as a board member of CONTACT of Huntington and the West Virginia Humanities Council. She and her husband, Steve, have one daughter, Elizabeth, and three adorable grandchildren: Clay, 8; Ellie, 7; and Reid, 3.
TWR: When did you start volunteering at The Wild Ramp? How did you first hear about TWR?
Frances: I started volunteering in September 2012. I knew about the Wild Ramp through my involvement in Create Huntington but I didn’t think about volunteering until I retired. Through friends, I knew the market needed volunteers and I thought it would be a fun experience.
TWR: You are also a board member and were a part of the group that headed the CSA program last year. What insight have you gained from these varied positions at the market?
Frances: I have a much better understanding of the hard work and dedication of local farmers and I am in awe of the loyalty of the Wild Ramp customers. There is definitely a strong community here built around promoting healthy lifestyles.
TWR: What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Frances: My favorite part about volunteering is interacting with customers and producers. I enjoy asking people what they’re cooking when they buy, say, a big bag of okra. Or talking about our favorite Jeni’s ice cream. Or getting a big hug from Mr. And Mrs. Call from Call Farm. Or the joy of seeing Bobby and Wanda Hall from Asberry Farm.
TWR: Has volunteering at TWR changed your view of buying local?
Frances: Absolutely. I try to buy local as much as I can. I also buy things for my daughter and her family who live in Lexington. I don’t think they’ve had anything but Rolling R or Gardner bacon in a long time!
TWR: What are some of your favorite products/produce that we carry?
Frances: I’ve already mentioned Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and the bacon. I have loved sampling each farmer’s corn and tomatoes this year. We had blueberries and plums and peaches. I’m a fan of 3 Chicks a Bakin. I could go on because I have so many favorites!
TWR: Your husband does the cooking at home. Does he send you to the market with a list? Or do you provide him items you would like him to cook?
Frances: Even though my husband does the cooking, I plan our menus each week. I try to plan around what’s in stock in the market but sometimes I alter the plan when something new arrives. I love corn salad and we created several different versions of it this summer.
Are you interesting in volunteering and becoming a part of The Wild Ramp community? Call 304-523-7267 or email email@example.com.