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How to Shop at the Wild Ramp

September 14, 2012

As people enter The Wild Ramp, they are greeted with a friendly smile and asked if they have ever visited before.

A shopping basket, found right inside the door,  is handed to them and the layout of the store is explained.

The produce is arranged by farm. You will notice peppers, for example, on several of the tables instead of being grouped together like the supermarket. The farmers bring in their items, prices them and arranges the displays. Each basket or bin as some price stickers. The bar codes inform the cashier not only the item cost but the farm. The price sticker is usually located on a piece of miniblind (now you see why we requested those!) and is reusable. So please, when you select the produce, grab a sticker for the item as well.

Towards the back of the shop are “products” . These are items that are made here in West Virginia, many on farms. For example there is goats milk soap, alpaca yarn, and honey from several apiaries. There is also coffee, obviously not grown here but roasted and packaged in Huntington. There are pastas, crackers, herbal teas, and much more. This area also includes the artisan and craft items, such as note cards, beeswax ornaments, and jewelry. In addition there is a gently used book rack selling cookbooks and books about gardening at extremely low prices.

The refrigerated cooler contains milk and milk products, eggs, tofu, veggie burgers, salads from Mission Savvy, fresh raspberries before they disappear, and right now there are also some peanut butter balls.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~The freezer holds pork, chicken and beef. We also have other meats periodically. Recently we had duck and rabbit.

And finally, the ice cream freezer contains a rapidly depleting stock of Jeni’s ice cream.

The cashier station currently is a table, but the construction will be completed soon and we think you will like the look. Please remember to bring your Wild Ramp shopping tote or other reusable bag, although we do have plastic bags that people have brought in for anyone who does not have a tote.

~~~~~~~~~~At all times, please feel comfortable to ask the staff, wearing the Wild Ramp aprons, any questions you have. We have some food items that are not commonly seen at area groceries and we will be happy not only to identify the item but suggest ways to cook it. You can pick up a card at the check-out with the urls for the Facebook page, the website and the blog. The blog introduces each farm and explains the farming practice and what they offer, so we encourage people to subscribe instead of just reading it on Facebook. That way they have a way to enjoy any blog entry (like this one) with lots of photos, but also have access to the search function for prior blog entries.

The Wild Ramp is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 14, 2012 7:04 pm

    Looks like you’ve done a bang-up job! What a wonderful place to shop.

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