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The Ball is Rolling

April 29, 2012

How many times have you attended a meeting where some person stood up in front and droned on and on? You tried to stay awake because you KNEW there was something of interest coming….but when the meeting ended you scratched your head and said, okay, onward to other things.

It sure is nice when a meeting achieves its goal.

The Unlimited Future facility once again provided a meeting room and support Friday.  I attended a meeting of area farmers who had expressed high interest in the establishment of a local food market. The meeting was active with lots of discussion, points raised, new thoughts interjected, concerns, and excitement.  There was even a bit of disagreement which is so very healthy to make sure all points are addressed and no concept runs through without full consideration.

The Wild Ramp is gaining suppliers; farmers and producers who can bring in meats, vegetables, berries, cheeses, honey and more.

If you are a farmer or know one, please let them know that this market is moving forward and will be a reality THIS year!!  More suppliers are needed to enhance the market supply, so please contact us with your interest!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2012 10:57 am

    Congratulations on getting going! This will be a big success I bet! We have been frequenting the local co-ops which sell some great local foods.

    • April 29, 2012 11:30 am

      The concept has been bandied about for a while. Then 2 students at Marshall University did a capstone project identifying the need and supply for a local food system here and it provided a lot of momentum. Location is not yet identified as final arrangements are being made but a downtown space is being located. The buildings are older so it will probably need electrical upgrading to provide adequate service to the freezers and coolers and the shelving will probably be obtained inexpensively or through donation and/or volunteer work effort. The hope is to have this open and running this summer!!!

  2. April 29, 2012 11:47 am

    We’re excited and gearing up to help. Willing and ready to invest in a better food future for the community!

    • April 29, 2012 11:51 am

      I was greatly impressed at the willingness to participate that was shown at that meeting. The response by the farms to jump on board for this season was inspiring.

  3. April 29, 2012 2:51 pm

    Same here! I had a great time at the meeting and appreciate your asking me to come. Gearing up too for a much larger season and dedicated to the growth of The Wild Ramp.

    • April 29, 2012 3:23 pm

      So glad you came….someone suggested each person taking on the task of asking 2 more farms that you know to participate….get thinking! LOL

      • Aimee permalink
        April 29, 2012 3:51 pm

        Hehe… that was me that suggested it :o) I’ll get started!

      • April 30, 2012 11:16 am

        Yeah!! Great idea!! And that is a beautiful example why gettign people involved in building a community asset is so smart…..more brains involved means more ideas as people have such varied experiences and have much to offer from them!

  4. April 29, 2012 7:05 pm

    Wishing you all good success!!!

    • April 30, 2012 11:19 am

      I was at a party after a concert last night and chatted up the market being opened to about 25 people. Some had heard vaguely about it…some had no idea but EVERYONE was enthusiastic! I think the demand side exists….and by inviting many many of the local farms to participate we may be able to pull our supply side in. USDA has different definitions for “local” ranging from within 100 to 250 miles. 250 miles from here goes out really far!

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