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Getting to Know Food

January 31, 2013
Volunteer Reflection

by Lauren Kemp

 There is nothing like being stumped by a customer at The Wild Ramp looking for a special cut of meat, unusual vegetable, or specialty product. Some things I never knew people could eat, like that pesky garden weed spreen. Other things, like chicken feet and organ meats, I never thought would be so popular.

Earlier we had a request for wheat germ.   Every time a customer comes in looking for something they start a chain of other questions…. Where can we find that product? Each time we get stumped it forces the volunteers and the market manager to look back at the local landscape and ask, who would produce something like that? Who could?

Sometimes, as in the case of organ meat, a new producer can specialize in providing that to our market or one of our own producers decides to take on a new opportunity.

Not to mention along this process we learn so much more about food, our local area and local people. That is one great reason to volunteer and be a part of this community minded market. So that you too can hear feedback from customers who love the fresh milk and cream

Many others tout the bacon with pasture raised eggs and shares some nostalgic memories of breakfast back in the day.

Learn more about The Wild Ramp Market by visiting the website at

If you live in the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton tri-state area, you can volunteer by emailing

RED carrots taste the same as orange ones...also purple and white carrots!

RED carrots taste the same as orange ones…also purple and white carrots!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2013 4:55 pm

    And of course, orange carrots are the new kid on the block – historically they are the most recent variety! There is enormous variety in the produce and meat worlds, so many cultures eat different parts, or cut up differently, or grow different types from the North American mainstream – it’s truly fascinating.

    • January 31, 2013 5:23 pm

      Since the one kind of carrot we know in the grocery store is orange, the assumption is that the others are the new kids….how exciting and colorful various shades make on a dinner plate!!

  2. February 6, 2013 7:18 pm

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