If you visit our store on a Tuesday afternoon you will probably meet Monica, one of our stellar volunteers. Monica is a lifelong resident of Huntington and has volunteered at The Wild Ramp for over a year. One of the perks of volunteering is meeting the producers as they drop off their products. Paul Carbonneau, of Killer Bee Honey in Hurricane, and Monica met at The Wild Ramp and formed a fast friendship. Monica now helps out at Paul’s farm on a regular basis.
TWR: When did you start volunteering at The Wild Ramp? How did you find out about us?
Monica: I started in May or June of 2013 and it was my sister, Mary, that told me about it. I was in a bad car accident in August of 2011, and was just getting restless with the atmosphere so she said “why don’t you try it out” so I did and I really enjoy it.
TWR: What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Monica:I really enjoy the work, and providing others with local produce.
TWR: What are some of your favorite products/produce that we carry?
Monica: I really like Crumbs Granola and Silverbridge coffee makes a few blends that I really enjoy. And, of course, there is Jeni’s ice cream. These are just a few I’ve tried. I don’t think there is anything here that I wouldn’t enjoy.
TWR: How do you feel about the move to the West End?
Monica: Think the move has been really good for us; it brought in a whole new customer base and our regulars followed us. Now we’re handicap friendly, where we weren’t before. So that’s a big plus. So now EVERYone can come to see us.
TWR: When did you start helping Paul at Killer Bee?
Monica: I started volunteering with Paul in spring of this year. I really enjoy it, being outside and doing something I really enjoy. Having a hand in raising and giving life to the vegetables; and weeding, which is not so enjoyable but has to be done.
TWR: How has it changed your view of buying local produce now that you are part of the farming process?
Monica: I encourage all my friends to buy locally and local honey is proven to be a helpful remedy for allergies, which unfortunately I can testify to.
TWR: Why do you think its important for people to buy locally?
Monica: I think it’s important to buy locally to help out the farmers and because the vegetables are just more flavorful when purchased fresh.
If you are interested in volunteering at The Wild Ramp please call the market at 304-523-7267 or contact Operations Manager Krystal Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.