Seeing it Through Week Two
I moved to Huntington 5 years ago and when I started attending Create Huntington’s Chat and Chew sessions held Thursday evenings (5:30-7) in the lobby of the Frederick I heard so many wonderful ideas from excited people.
People who had lived here a long time. People who were relatively new to town. People who wanted Huntington to improve. People who no longer wanted to wait for the City to do something for them but were ready to do something for the City.
I saw a dog park get built, bike lanes on 4th Avenue, graffiti clean up. I heard about SIP the wine bar and about plans for changes at Heritage Station. Art Walk started, bringing people downtown in the evenings one day a month. Cash mobs were organized monthly to support small local businesses. And much much more.
Over the last couple of years I heard sighs of longing for a year-round fresh farm market and then,almost like magic, I saw movement. Last February a small group of dedicated people decided talk was cheap. It was time to put their action where their mouth was…….and as you know, by mid June the Wild Ramp Market was open! It took a lot of time and energy to get this far so fast. All help has been volunteer. It amazes us constantly how people come forward, praising our effort and more and more are pitching in. We can’t do it without YOU.
We stress the “LOCAL” part of “a local food market” is about the source of the food but in reality it also is the source of its soul. We people living in the Tri-State area are the local part as well.
Today we hit 25% of our Kickstarter campaign goal. This is just a couple of days off schedule so we are hoping we can catch up and exceed it.
The major donation we received this past weekend is amazing but does not get applied to Kickstarter. Lowes of Barboursville is providing the supplies needed to finish some of our planned construction–our checkout desk for example. I know the shoppers at the Wild Ramp will appreciate that! Construction of that checkout counter was one of the items included in the Kickstarter campaign. The rules will not let us lower our required financial total but do permit us to change our intended goal project.
So it permits us to redesignate the funds collected by the Kickstarter campaign into another project that we thought would have to wait: holding tasting of some new foods that our Producers bring into the market so the shoppers can understand how yummy they are and how to prepare them at home….and our demonstration kitchen can start to be planned. Being able to hold cooking classes at the Wild Ramp to show how to can and preserve fresh seasonal produce is a goal that each of us desires.
It seems so simple from this perspective to just say please help. If each of you who have “liked” us on Facebook would donate just $5 we would be very very close to our Kickstarter goal. If you each stretched to $10 we would surpass the goal and the kitchen can really get going too! Please please please “like” us.
This Kickstarter campaign is a great way for you to show that the concept of fresh local food is one you really support by helping us grow in a way to provide better service to you! We can’t wait!!!