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Inside the Market July 25

July 25, 2012

A couple of weeks ago,  eager to share the Tri-State’s agricultural bounty with the long pent-up demand of consumers with high anticipation, the Wild Ramp opened quietly. Because we still did not have a Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Huntington, all commerce had to be completed outside the store.

Each morning we would bring out tables, tablecloths and all the produce, often finishing the set up with excited shoppers waiting patiently.  Processing each sale took a bit of time as well, since we needed to complete everything by paper and pen and calculator.  Everyone was patient, understanding it WOULD get better.

We took a huge step today by opening the door and permitting all market activity to take place inside!   Hooray for air conditioning!  Not only are the volunteers more comfortable for the 4-8 hours they put in but the shoppers also enjoyed it. The produce particularly will benefit as the lower temperature and lower humidity will increase shelf life. 

In addition, our “point of sale” software is now operational, with only a few bugs showing up on its first day of operation. We have labels for all items that not only identifies the price per pound or by the piece, but also has a bar code for each producer. If you buy a zucchini from Farmer A, we want to make sure Farmer A receives that income.  

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When you enter the Market you will notice all the produce on the center tables as well as along the window wall.

In the back you will find honey, wool, and what we call “Value Added Products.” These are items that have been processed from farm raised products, such as goats milk soap and jams.  Another case holds chips produced in West Virginia.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Along the back wall you will find a cooler of milk and other dairy products, tofu products, eggs and berries. 

And there are two freezers full of beef, pork and chicken.

The Wild Ramp Market has a lot of wonderful food to offer.

Tomorrow I will be posting a comparison of prices at the Wild Ramp to those found at the 1st Street Kroger and the Route 60 Wal-Mart here in Huntington.  You may be surprised.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 1:56 am

    Thank you. Thank you. Our community needed this.

    • July 27, 2012 1:16 am

      I think there was a lot of pent up demand…people who appreciate the idea of fresh food. The volunteers working at the Wild Ramp appreciate everyone coming in to shop and all the patience you have had during our settling in and getting the systems functional. It will just get better and better!!

  2. Dubrovniklady permalink
    July 26, 2012 4:03 am

    I dream of the day when we might have some type of shelter for our green market. It is not pleasant during our long winter months to be stuck outdoors. Wild ramp looks lovely, keep up the good work.

    • July 27, 2012 1:14 am

      We’re so happy to be inside now. There are still a few things we want to do to make it more functional and even decorate a bit more, so stay tuned for more photos in the next few weeks. 🙂

  3. July 26, 2012 4:53 pm

    Woot! Way to go!

    • July 27, 2012 1:12 am

      I stopped in today with some out-of-town guests…..I’m pretty proud to show off the Wild Ramp and what has been done in only a few months by a group of dedicated determined people!

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