2nd Annual Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner Tix

Tickets are now on sale for our 2017 Farm to Table Dinner and we are pleased to announce that Kelly Dial, chef at Heirloom Mobile Kitchen, has donated her talents to our event. As many are aware, this is our major fundraising event of the year. We have been encouraged by the recent outpouring of support from the community and look forward to continuing to build those bonds.  We are seeking sponsors for this year dinner and are asking the community to once again help sustain your market. We have multiple levels of sponsorship available including corporate and individual sponsorships. So you can help “Bring Home the Bacon” ($2500+ level), Run with the Ramps ($1500 level), Holler with the Hens ($1000 level), Frolick with the Farmers ($500 level), or become a Friend of the Market with the purchase of the FOM ticket which includes 1 ticket and a one year FOM membership for $100.

We also are looking for volunteers to set up, serve, clear, and tear down. This event proved to be looks of fun for those who worked last year and we expect to see many of familiar faces this year, but we definitely welcome those who wish to participate in this great event. We will have sign ups (coming soon) and each volunteer will receive the limited edition T-shirt (available to volunteers only) and we will, of course, feed you before the event.

Tickets are available (but limited to 100) at the market and are priced at $75 each. Ticket includes dinner with wine, social hour, and live entertainment. While the dinner menu is currently under development, but I can tell you that we have partnered with Crawford Farms to provide the Pork Tenderloin for the main entree.  Vegetarian options will be available if you make arrangements when yo purchase your tickets.  Needless to say, the dinner will consist of the freshest local food available and will surely please.

We are also working on some additional special things that will be announced soon. Watch our Facebook page and website for updates.

 

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3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair

Title: 3rd Annual Huntington Sustainability Fair
Location: The Wild Ramp 555 14th Street West Huntington WV
Link out: Click here
Description: May 20, 2017 from 10 am to 4pm in Old Central City.

Free and open to the public… music, food, vendors, activities, workshops and demos about sustainability!!

The Huntington Sustainability Fair is a cooperative effort by Marshall University Sustainability Department, Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area, the Wild Ramp, the City of Huntington, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the Old Central City Association, Tour DePATH and many more.

Area crafts persons, artisans, farmers/growers, organizations, businesses and more are invited to participate in our event for a fee of $20 to set up a booth, which is used to help us fund this and next year’s event.

To participate in our event, go to www.HuntingtonSustainabilityFair.com, click on the participant tab and register.

Marshall’s sustainability department is also issuing a Green Challenge in connection with the fair. “Take the Green Challenge and get some Green Swag! By downloading the Green Calendar from the Marshall University Sustainability Department website or Facebook page, performing each challenge and being among the first 10 to bring your checked sheet to our booth at the far, participants can win a cool bag of green and sustainable items.
Start Time: 10:00AM
Date: 2017-05-20

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Egg and Asparagus Salad

This recipe was provided by Susan Maslowski, one of the Wild Ramps Board Members, an artisan, and a fabulous cook.
Tender local asparagus is now available at The Wild Ramp. Asparagus season does not last long, so take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy this homegrown delicacy. Combined with radishes from the garden and farm-fresh eggs from one of TWR producers, this salad is one of my favorite ways to prepare asparagus. I’ve even replaced the walnuts with hazelnuts from my own plants and used hazelnut oil in place of walnut oil in the dressing. Some of the wonderful cheeses found at TWR could also be substituted for the Parmesan, making this a uniquely local dish.
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EGG AND ASPARAGUS SALAD

20 large fresh asparagus spears
1 teaspoon salt 2 cups ice cubes
2 hard cooked eggs
3 radishes, sliced
Salt and pepper
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded
Toasted Walnut
Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Wash asparagus, and remove any woody stems. Blanch asparagus in salted water until tender, but still slightly firm, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile put ice cubes and cool water in a large bowl. Plunge asparagus into ice water quickly to stop cooking. Drain and set aside.
To serve salad, place asparagus spears on a plate. Top with egg and radish slices. Season with salt and pepper. Top with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette. Makes 4 servings.

Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette

Whisk together ¼ cup walnut oil (or olive oil), 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon chopped toasted walnuts.
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What is it that The Wild Ramp does?

The answer to that question is long, very long. So in order to show you what the Wild Ramp does, we have created an annual report. We handed this out during our 2017 Stakeholders meeting but wanted to make sure that everyone was able to see what gets done here.

You have seen us in the store. The staff and volunteers working hard and the customers enjoying the fresh produc2016 By the Numberse and local products. But behind the scenes, there are many more hours invested by those who pay the bills, review the budgets, schedule the events, and work towards creating a modern space full of everything that makes the Wild Ramp what it is.

The farmers work with the staff to ensure product availability, while others write articles to help the “buy local” cause. Still, others develop and offer training to farmers and new producers to help them offer the best products and ensure they make a profit.

Then there are those who are our very loyal supporters. The single guy who stops in after work to pick up dinner and the mom who shops weekly in order to feed her family the very freshest and best meals available. The couples of all age ranges who come in and grab a cup of coffee and select their favorite items.  Young and old, singles and families, friends and neighbors…. your all an important part of the Wild Ramp family and you keep us going.

We would like to thank all of our supporters, those who shop with us, those that contribute to our cause, and those who fight the fights that occur. You make Huntington a little brighter by helping us serve the community.  We are interested in your thoughts and ask you to share your experiences with us. Next time you are in the market, please grab a survey card. On that card, there is a QR that can be scanned with your phone and link you to a short survey. Or, you can use a computer to complete the survey. Either way, it is very short and will help us to provide you with the best service we can.

2016 TWR annual report

 

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2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner

Wild Ramp Farm to Table

The date has been set, the menu is being planned, and we are extremely excited to share with everyone that once again, we will be lining 14th Street West with tables and chairs to enjoy a local feast with our friends and neighbors. The Wild Ramp’s Annual Farm to Table Dinner has been scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Social hour begins at 5 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm. There will be delicious local food, great music, and wonderful company in the heart of Old Central City once again as we bring everyone together for our annual fundraiser dinner.

What is the market raising money for this year? The Wild Ramp is hoping to fund a major investment in the market;  a backup generator in order to help protect the frozen foods and produce in the case of power loss. We have been shopping for a pre-owned generator that will fit our needs and the cost is estimated at $25,000.

Over the past year, we have had several close calls due to power outages. Although we do have a plan in place to safeguard these products, it involves relocating them offsite. Unfortunately, this plan is less than optimal because it is labor intensive and can damage products’ packaging, and it does not offer a solution if we lose power overnight. Therefore, we are very hopeful that we can raise enough money for this investment that will protect our farmers’ precious products for many years to come.

We will keep you posted on the details as they are confirmed.

 

 

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The Wild Ramp Farm to Table Dinner

Title: The Wild Ramp Farm to Table Dinner
Location: 555 14th Street West Huntington, WV
Description: We will be lining the street with tables filled with deliciously prepared local food at our annual Farm to Table Dinner on September 30th. We will begin the evening with a social hour that starts at 5 pm and dinner will be served at 6 pm. There will be great local music and plenty of good company to create an exciting but intimate event.
Start Time: 5:00pm
Date: 2017-09-30

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Artisan Jury Schedule for 2017

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Having beautiful artisan items in The Wild Ramp is something that the Market Operations Committee works hard to arrange. Part of that process is to “jury” every item to ensure a good variety of high-quality products.  And in order to make the process easier, we are posting our Artisan Jury Schedule for 2017.

The dates are: May 16, August 16, and October 24, 2017.

We encourage new submission from current producers and artisans interested in selling their arts and goods at The Wild Ramp. Items should be labeled in accordance with state and federal guidelines (USDA, FDA, or other regulators as applicable). The WV Department of Agriculture is available as a resource to ensure proper labeling for agricultural based items.

All items are due to the market manager the week prior to the “jury” and require an application and proper labeling. Please call the Market Manager is you have questions about the process.

 

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Tickets now on Sale for the Wild Ramp Farm to Table Dinner

Wild Ramp Farm to Table

The day has come! Finally the seats are available for our Farm to Table Dinner.  This will be a our major fundraiser for this year and look forward to spending time with our friends.

As a thank you to our Friends of the Market, current Friends get dibs on the first seats!! Your membership as a Friend of the Market must be current in order to get the early access. If your FOM has expired, you can renew  your membership and buy tickets at the same time.

From now until Tuesday, August 9th at 9am, Friends of the Market can purchase tickets for the October 1st dinner for $75 each.  Tuesday at 9am, ticket sales open to the public at the same price.  We will not be issuing actual paper tickets, but will be using a sign up/reservation style system.  You can reserve and pay for your tickets in person at the Wild Ramp check out.  Please bring your Wild Ramp F.O.M. card, or we can look up your information.

We are super excited about our first Farm to Table Dinner and look forward to this being an annual event.  We are starting small for this inaugural event with only 100 tickets available.  The event will take place on 14th Street West, in front of the market starting at 5 pm, with dinner served at 6pm.

More details to follow…

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