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January 23, 2013

A year ago the Wild Ramp Market was not even a gleam in anyone’s eye yet. There were several people who would mention to friends how nice it would be….if only……but it took a visit to the market in Athens, recognition of the Local Roots market in Wooster, and a combination of other people’s search for knowledge that got the market moving.

Others are watching us, just as we turned to Local Roots for guidance. We are one of only a very very few indoor year round local farm markets. Oh yes, there are other indoor markets, but they are not local.  And there are other year-round markets, but they are not in the cold weather area of the country so they need not be indoor.  We are special, and other areas are now approaching us, as we approached Local Roots, for an explanation of what we have and what took us to get here.DSC_0112

My husband is on a team from the Eastern Panhandle for the Cast Iron Skillet Cook-off in a couple of weeks. One of the other team members is the Agricultural Development Officer for the Jefferson County Development Authority. At the exact farthest corner of the state in Shepherdstown, Shepherd Odgen asked me to give the group a presentation about the Wild Ramp.  The community there has their eye on a piece of property that would combine a year-round indoor market and education center, office space and meeting space. I saw the loading docks and the flat lawn area. It will be fun watching them put it together.DSC_0001

You know what I emphasized? Passion! They need farmers who are passionate about what they grow! They need consumers who will be passionate to help the market develop and sustain it!

Oh yes, they also need money. I spoke about the system we use for the farmers to get paid and how our corporate sponsors are so highly appreciated. I explained how Kickstarter worked and how we were able to achieve our goal because of…once again…your passion.

This market is a community. It feels nice to be part of a group of people who have clear goals about something positive.

Right now, as the temperatures dip, we are really feeling the effects of winter. The high tunnels are feeling it also and plant growth will slow or even stop at this point. There is more to learn to optimize plant production in the winter.  The farm animals are huddling and trying to stay warm and the farmers are doing what they can to help them get through the cold weather safely.  On these cold January days most of us are longing for warmer weather.  But this is the winter season and we will deal with it. DSC_0011

Stick around. Come in and fill up on the meat and dairy and eggs, and all the value added products that fill the shelves.  And get ready to roll up your sleeves….there is much more we can do! And together, we can make it happen!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandee permalink
    January 23, 2013 2:32 pm

    Do you carry creasy greens?

    • January 23, 2013 7:12 pm

      We don’t have any now, but it was something we were discussing today. I do not know if anyone is growing any. We will be having a Producer meeting soon and will discuss the kinds of foods people are asking for like this so they can plan their plantings. Do you have any other requests?

    • January 25, 2013 4:18 pm

      Not yet, but you never know what the farmers will bring in next. All we have to do is let them know, and someone will grow it, knowing they can make money selling it.

  2. Laura permalink
    January 23, 2013 5:20 pm

    Good Job, Beth! I’m very proud of what you are doing there in West Virginia! And wondering how you will leave it to come to Oregon…….but then, to do it here!

    • January 23, 2013 7:13 pm

      I know there will be someone with passion to carry on the bit I’ve been doing. It will work out here for the Wild Ramp. And I will enjoy seeing what develops for me in Oregon.

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