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HelterSkelter

Huntington, WV

#23 Aug 12, 2013
Healthy4U wrote:
I agree that is more expensive and not all of the food is local. I was told most of it comes from Ohio and Kentucky and maybe Pennsylvania. I would like to know whether it is inspected and if there are checks in place to make sure the things coming from farms from out-of-state and, even WV, are guaranteed safe. What about the breads and jams that farmers bring in. Do they inspect their kitchens? With all these food scares this is a concern for me and my family. At least with commercial food you know about recalls and which products can make you sick.
Good point!!!!
Volunteer love it

Huntington, WV

#24 Aug 12, 2013
HelterSkelter wrote:
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Good point!!!!
The post is incorrect. No products come from PA. They are all from a 250mi radius. As far as I know, they only have products from KY, OH, and WV. However, if you check the map in the store that lists the producers and shows their location, you will see that most items come from 50mi of Huntington. The farmers set the prices and are pretty generous when it comes to produce. The beef is comparable in price to that of Kroger or Foodfair. I bought four ears of corn, a pound of tomatoes, two bell peppers, and some fresh herbs for less than $4. Value added products like breads, jams, baked goods, and soaps are more expensive because they take more work.
The market follows the farmer's market guide lines so breads, jams, high acid canned goods, and sweets are all allowed as long as they do not have a cream/butter/cheese icing or filling. Now, if a producer has access to a commercial kitchen (inspected by the HD) than they can bring in non-shelf stable baked items and store them in the refrigerator.
Feel free to come in and ask as many questions as you want. The regular volunteers know most of the answers, and the market manager is usually there from noon to 4pm most week days.
Jess

Huntington, WV

#25 Aug 12, 2013
Volunteer love it wrote:
<quoted text>The post is incorrect. No products come from PA. They are all from a 250mi radius. As far as I know, they only have products from KY, OH, and WV. However, if you check the map in the store that lists the producers and shows their location, you will see that most items come from 50mi of Huntington. The farmers set the prices and are pretty generous when it comes to produce. The beef is comparable in price to that of Kroger or Foodfair. I bought four ears of corn, a pound of tomatoes, two bell peppers, and some fresh herbs for less than $4. Value added products like breads, jams, baked goods, and soaps are more expensive because they take more work.
The market follows the farmer's market guide lines so breads, jams, high acid canned goods, and sweets are all allowed as long as they do not have a cream/butter/cheese icing or filling. Now, if a producer has access to a commercial kitchen (inspected by the HD) than they can bring in non-shelf stable baked items and store them in the refrigerator.
Feel free to come in and ask as many questions as you want. The regular volunteers know most of the answers, and the market manager is usually there from noon to 4pm most week days.
Why do you volunteer? If they received grants and they are open for business, I don't understand why you would have to "volunteer" if they were giving it away, I could understand the purpose of volunteers. Otherwise, you are lining someone else's pocket. Where do the proceeds go?
wild ramp lover

Huntington, WV

#26 Aug 12, 2013
90 cents of every dollar made there goes back to the farmer. It's all about creating a local food system. You are supporting your neighbor when you shop there... So check it out!
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HelterSkelter

Huntington, WV

#30 Aug 12, 2013
I would rather support my neighbor by them getting paid to sell me stuff there. Farmers in a 250 mile radius are not my concern.
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Volunteer love it

Huntington, WV

#32 Aug 13, 2013
Jess wrote:
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Why do you volunteer? If they received grants and they are open for business, I don't understand why you would have to "volunteer" if they were giving it away, I could understand the purpose of volunteers. Otherwise, you are lining someone else's pocket. Where do the proceeds go?
Actually, the Wild Ramp has NEVER received grants. We are a non-profit, that is why we need volunteers. 90% goes straight back to the farmers, 10% to keeping the lights on and freezers running. It's not a business.
another avid volunteer

Huntington, WV

#33 Aug 13, 2013
HelterSkelter wrote:
I would rather support my neighbor by them getting paid to sell me stuff there. Farmers in a 250 mile radius are not my concern.
Than go to the Ramp. Buy products from Noni's, Harveytown Hide-a-way, Homemade & Homegrown, Lavalette Nursery, Cara's Homemade Ices, and Mil-ton farms. All of these are within Huntington. Enjoy!
heeey

Charleston, WV

#34 Aug 13, 2013
YES!!..I love all the fresh stuff from all the farms...and if you are looking for chemical free products Homemade and Homegrown make some great stuff!..they make body wash, body scrub, laundry soap, fabric softener and cleaners! LOVE THAT PLACE!
howdy

Charleston, WV

#35 Aug 13, 2013
The food is all local by the definition of local. Local means within 250 miles. All suppliers, even from OH, KY have to follow farmer's market rules for WV and have to register with the Cabell County Health Dept.
Healthy4U wrote:
I agree that is more expensive and not all of the food is local. I was told most of it comes from Ohio and Kentucky and maybe Pennsylvania. I would like to know whether it is inspected and if there are checks in place to make sure the things coming from farms from out-of-state and, even WV, are guaranteed safe. What about the breads and jams that farmers bring in. Do they inspect their kitchens? With all these food scares this is a concern for me and my family. At least with commercial food you know about recalls and which products can make you sick.
ummm

Charleston, WV

#36 Aug 13, 2013
Also, the vast majority of the people who sell there are within a 50 mile radius, so it is local. Go into the store and check out the wall. It has a map with a listing of producers and it shows where each is from.
Vegetarian Princess wrote:
^^^^^^^So, you are saying you would rather go to Wal-Mart than the farmer's market? Seriously?! You do realize that even if your "neighbor takes your money" at Wal-Mart they are just a cashier and they don't get to keep it (unless they are stealing). They will get paid the same regardless of whether you buy all your groceries there or everything but your produce and the profit will go to the large chain, most of which (especially if they are WM or "large") are not locally owned. Also, most farmers do not come from very far away, especially "250 miles". My gosh, that would be like driving further than from Lexington or Cincinnati to sell at Huntington's farmer's market. There are plenty of other farmer's markets out there and certainly most likely at least one in any direction if you are speaking about a 250 mile radius so they are going to be much more "local" than "250 miles". But, if you would rather have food with a lot less taste, usually half the vitamins because of the shipping processes and time in which mass producers have to harvest and still spend as much (sometimes more) plus miss out on other benefits for your body then I guess to each their own. However, unless you are supporting a small locally owned grocer that most likely gets a large part of their summer produce locally (often from the same farmers that go to the farmer's market) then you certainly aren't supporting "your neighbors" and you are missing out on all the other perks of local produce, as well.
love the ramp

Charleston, WV

#37 Aug 13, 2013
Agreed! My favorite meat producer is Mil-Ton farms, and my favorite eggs are Harveytown Hide-a-way. My favorite products ever though are Homemade and Homegrown. All their stuff is chemical free and doesn't cost much more than going to the grocery store. The little extra spent is definitely worth not using the added chemicals you put into and onto your body all the time! Highly recommend their body scrub. I have spa nights and home and wouldn't dream of a spa night without their scrub!
another avid volunteer wrote:
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Than go to the Ramp. Buy products from Noni's, Harveytown Hide-a-way, Homemade & Homegrown, Lavalette Nursery, Cara's Homemade Ices, and Mil-ton farms. All of these are within Huntington. Enjoy!
hehe

Chesapeake, OH

#38 Aug 13, 2013
Hotties wrote:
DAMN there are a bunch of hot hippie girls here. I went in not knowing what the place was. Ended up buying smoked bacon and talking to a cute girl with big tits and a nose ring. Check out the wine bar near it too.
I'd probably show em my wild ramp.
know

Yawkey, WV

#39 Oct 28, 2013
are the chickens and eggs inspected???????
Derper

Huntington, WV

#40 Oct 28, 2013
Do the chickens have large talons?

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