Inside the Market July 25
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.
And there are two freezers full of beef, pork and chicken.
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.