Saturdays have always been busy at The Wild Ramp. Luckily, we have two stellar volunteers who help out every Saturday morning, Suzanne (see her profile here) and Harriette. This dynamic duo keeps things running smoothly and their weekly commitment ensures continuity for our Saturday customers. Harriette is a native Huntingtonian and a Marshall graduate.
TWR: When did you start volunteering at The Wild Ramp? How did you find out about us?
Harriette: I think it has been about a year, but don’t remember the actual date. I had followed the Ramp on Facebook and have a friend who volunteers here also.
TWR: Weekly volunteering is a major commitment. What is it about The Wild Ramp that led you to make this commitment?
Harriette: I like that the Ramp gives back to the community and the whole idea of eating locally.
TWR: What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Harriette: The people who come into the store.
TWR: How has it changed your view of buying local produce now that you are part of the farming process?
Harriette: There is really not much change. I have always frequented the local farmer’s market. However, volunteering at the Ramp has made it much easier for me to purchase local produce/meat.
TWR: What are some of your favorite products/produce that we carry?
Harriette: I love Jeni’s ice cream, fresh asparagus, apples, kohlrabi, any fresh seasonal vegetables.
TWR: Your regular volunteer shift is Saturday mornings, one of our busiest times at the market. Have you noticed any changes on Saturdays since the move?
Harriette: Yes, we are much busier. While we have a lot of people who seem to be just looking, we also have an increase in people buying produce. We have more people who have never been to the Ramp before. Not a Saturday passes that we don’t receive favorable comments about the Ramp and how happy people are that we are in our current location. The customers love the new look and the new market.
It takes approximately 500 volunteer hours each month to keep The Wild Ramp running. We simply could not do without that help. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Raine Klover or Shelly Keeney at 304-523-7267 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We need weekly commitments and as-needed volunteers.