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Do You Eat?

May 1, 2013

Silly question, of COURSE you eat. We all must eat. So the real question is not even what do you eat but where do you buy it?

Did you know that economic revitalization of the West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio tristate region is within reach and can be achieved with no additional outlay of money? Read on:

Did you know if you go to the supermarket to buy the fixings for a spaghetti dinner you will cook at home that only 15% of what you spend will stay in this community? Compare that to spending the same amount of money at a local market like The Wild Ramp and 100% stays in the local economy!   The simple choice of WHERE you shop can make a profound difference!sign

Did you know that there is enough land under food production right here in the state of West Virginia to feed all of the people here in the state? The current issues are to help farmers realize they can make money if they get their products to the LOCAL market, not some national distributor,  and also to convince them to use the land they have to grow more because we people who eat, we the consumers, will buy it. We want fresh local food!Roane County barn

Did you know that West Virginia has a growing agricultural education program in most counties and many high schools now are teaching a new generation the ways to run a farm like a business. This will help YOUNGER people enter the working world as farmers.  Programs need to be supported in order to make sure we will have economically viable farms in our state in the years ahead. Be careful when you complain about school funding; ask questions and keep an eye on the programs but don’t shut them down. We need to eat!DSC_0151

 Did you know  that the definition of “local” in most supermarkets means the entire United States?  A tomato grown within 30 miles of your kitchen table will taste a lot more FLAVORFUL than one from California or New Jersey. And when you buy a tomato sold at the local farm market you can also find out how it was grown, its variety and when it was picked.  Try asking that at your supermarket; no, don’t bother, I can tell you they can’t answer!mapa

Did you know that in the months between the middle of July and the end of December last year the Wild Ramp Market farmers earned $100,000?   And that in the first 4 months of this year, the S-L-O-W-E-S-T growing season, the producers received another $60,000?  How do you feel when you hear that the SAME sales at the same price to you in a local supermarket would have returned about $16,000 to all those farmers?  I know I feel surprised and even a bit angry. How can people who work so hard get paid so little when we need what they produce? They deserve more!hay cattle h

Did you know that in the 15 counties that are located within a 75 mile radius around Huntington people who eat spend over 1.8 billion dollars on food every year? Think about that…1.8 billion. We have a tremendous opportunity to help our local economy tremendously! If we, the eaters and shoppers buy our food from the farmers instead of the supermarkets, that money can STAY HERE!!!a

Did you know that the people of West Virginia are already acting on this. In the past few years the number of local farmers markets has multiplied rapidly! We want local food! We want our markets to be CONVENIENT!putnam

So, what do we have here? With the opportunity to buy local food from local farmers we not only help enhance the economic health of our region but we eat better tasting food too. Sounds like a WIN-WIN to me!424462_487805977924861_2038520476_n

What are you waiting for? The Wild Ramp Market is located in Heritage Station in downtown Huntington.  The market is open Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4. You can follow The Wild Ramp on Facebook to learn about events that are planned and also what farmers are bringing in fresh food and when. You can also subscribe to this blog and receive it in your inbox. Blog postings tell you in detail about the various Producers so you can learn about their growing practices and understand how they raise the food that is OH SO GOOD!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2013 7:49 pm

    Ummm…. somehow that banana works as an oxymoron combined with local food, don’t it?

    • May 2, 2013 11:46 am

      I debated using that picture just because of that but it was just so darn cute! LOL When we were starting to build the interior of the Wild Ramp market we were called by a friend who had just purchased a piece of property that there were shelves we could pick up to use. We got them, took them to my house where my husband disassembled them, cleaned them up and reassembled them to position the shelves at usable and consistent levels (one more beautiful example showing how The Wild Ramp is a COMMUNITY market.) The property also had a green house that was overgrown as it had not been tended for some time, but in there was a banana tree! So, we COULD say bananas grow here in our town if pressed LOL

      • May 2, 2013 6:36 pm

        I stand corrected!!! 😀

      • stkappleto permalink*
        May 3, 2013 1:30 am

        And Nolan has been talking about that ever since we picked up those shelves. “Mom when are we getting a greenhouse so we can grow bananas?”

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