Room to Grow
A year ago the board members of The Wild Ramp were on the hunt. We were looking for a space that could make our dream of a year round local food market a reality. Money, as for any start up business, was a huge concern, but our biggest pressure was time. The growing season was upon us, we had producers interested, and we were determined that The Wild Ramp would open during the market season of 2012. A little less than a year ago, May 22, 2012, the lease on the storefront, we all now know and love as The Wild Ramp, was signed.
There were things about the space we loved. There were things we thought had great potential. There were things we knew would be an issue. Among those concerns was space. Our volunteer remodeling crew helped to open up that space, but they couldn’t create more space than was already there.
We’d seen the spacious rooms at our mentor’s store, Local Roots. We knew the demand for local foods was high. We knew producers were excited about this idea, and we hoped we were right and this thing would take off.
We were. In Do you Eat, Beth shared some of the numbers from the first nine months of business at The Wild Ramp. It has been phenomenal. It has been huge. The space, however, hasn’t grown. Sooner than we anticipated, and even before the busiest part of the season, we are feeling the cramp.
So, The Wild Ramp board is on the hunt again. We’re on the hunt for a bigger space, and this go around the need isn’t so pressing. We have dreams for this market, and if you’re going to dream, you might as well dream big! How about something like this:
~sigh~ I am green with envy.
While a space like that may have to be put on our “someday” list. We do have a wish list for things we would like our next space to have.
- Bigger retail space.
- More storage and office area.
- A kitchen for class and possible use by producers.
- Classroom space for consumer and producer classes.
- Access for those with mobility challenges.
- Easier access for producer deliveries, including a loading dock.
- Convenient location.
- Space for or nearby for aggregation and distribution to schools and restaurants.
- Room for a local foods cafe.
We are looking, and we want your help. At this point, we are gathering information about opportunities. We would love your ideas, feedback, and if any of you own the perfect empty space for The Wild Ramp, and you’d like to donate it, we really want to hear from you!
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