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We have amazing friends

September 6, 2012

The goal of The Wild Ramp is to connect local agricultural producers with consumers. Our mission is to operate a year-round community-supported market that offers a viable outlet for food producers while providing consumers access to local agricultural products.

As a non-profit organization using volunteer labor, we keep overhead costs low. This structure allows farmers to receive fair prices while keeping products affordable to consumers. The Wild Ramp strives to have a positive economic impact on our local economy while providing local food to consumers and supporting local agriculture.

The Wild Ramp Market is run 100% by volunteers. While we have a store manager and hope someday (sooner vs later) to be in a position to pay her for her time and effort, even she is unpaid.

Without everyone we could not be where we are now.  We appreciate all the volunteers who

  • helped renovate the shop space in Heritage Station
  • donated materials and supplies for the construction
  • provided their expertise to build or rebuild items
  • scraped and scrubbed, cleaned to a shine
  • painted walls, ceilings and signage
  • moved shelves and tables, arranging the selling floor and the work spaces
  • donated feed bags
  • sewed shopping totes
  • wrote stories
  • taught classes
  • established the computer database
  • greeted shoppers
  • moved items outside and then back inside before our CO was issued
  • checked in products
  • checked produce daily for spoilage
  • made display adjustments to get everything to fit and look nice
  • donated books for sale
  • spoke to the public
  • and more…much much more

For example, Sammy Torres, the owner of Sammy Steamer Carpet Cleaner. Besides showing up and helping in the construction phase, his major gift to the Wild Ramp community was to clean the floors from this

to a high gloss.

Also in our very special friend category is The Red Caboose, the regional artisan showcase and shop located inside the Visitors Center at Heritage Station.

The Red Caboose was our Corporate Sponsor for the month of August. With a donation of $700, which basically covers our rent, Corporate Sponsorship permits us to use the income flow to make other improvements that are needed, especially at this start-up and growth phase of the Market.

As the seasons change, visitors to the Wild Ramp will continue to notice improvements. As summer ends and the produce cycle of the year moves to the fall harvest, there will be other signs that the shop is evolving.  But there always will be an ongoing need for volunteer efforts to make the Wild Ramp a successful community market.  Volunteers can help the Market in many ways, including during store hours and also in behind-the-scenes activities.

For example, there is a Community Helps A Farmer Day scheduled for Sunday, September 9 THIS Sunday to help The Potager raise her high tunnel. By helping this farmer we can be assured of certified organic produce this winter!

And we are hopeful that another Corporate Sponsor can come forward, permitting us to put our earnings into building the market at this so crucial period of our development.

Thanks…for all you can and will do.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2012 2:26 pm

    Congratulations! I would love to shop at your market, and will make it a point to stop when we come through WV 🙂

    • September 6, 2012 3:17 pm

      Great! Please do…we are just off I-64 and there are a lot of new and fun restaurants in town also for you to find one that you like.

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