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I hadn’t visited the Wild Ramp since the summer (they have awesome local produce, by the way) and Michele had a gift card, so we figured now would be as good of a time as any to check it out! Remember the other awesome stores that we’ve visited so far in Heritage Station?
So what is The Wild Ramp, you ask? The Wild Ramp is a marketplace that houses only local foods and products. Due to the fact that it relies heavily on the season, the store is constantly changing (in a good way!). An awesome aspect of their website is that they have a link where you can check what’s in stock, so you’ll know when to look for what! Since Michele and I visited in the dead of winter (it was literally snowing outside) there wasn’t produce available, but they did have a variety of meats and dairy products in stock, as well as a variety of teas, coffees, beans, etc. They even had thread made from the wool of a llama!
I am a huge tea drinker, so naturally I picked up some loose-leaf tea. The tofu pasta that they had also caught my eye, so I picked up the “Spinach and Spice” pasta…I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with something with this!
Michele: I was so excited to use the gift card I got from the best boss ever, umm, yeah, that would be Andy Darling, Rec Center director. (Shameless, just shameless!)
They have some of the best products here! I got so excited to try some of their whole bean coffee, I have a grinder built into my coffee pot, so I always go for whole bean. They smelled so good I got two, Vanilla Hazelnut and Vanilla Kahlua. (Kahlua!) My husband and I brewed up a pot the very next morning, and I fell in love with it. I tend to just put milk or half and half in my coffee, so a little touch of flavor was a real treat. He, on the other hand, likes the International Delight non-fat vanilla, and I felt like that overcame the rich flavor of the coffee. (Note to self: Only use milk!)
I also copied Christine and picked up tofu pasta in sweet oregano, but I haven’t had the chance to try it just yet. The olive oil balsamic dressing beckoned to me because I am completely in love with balsamic anything. To round out my purchase I got a focaccia bread mix, and I’m looking forward to trying that out next time we have Italian!
There was a whole line of yummy smelling soaps, and if you aren’t sure if they are for you, just take a little piece home and try it out!
Did you know? A Ramp is actually a wild leek! Ramps are found all over North America, but they are very special to us mountain folk!
I LOVE that Huntington is supporting such a unique market like the Wild Ramp, I know I’ll be going back!
What do you like to get at the Wild Ramp? Any suggestions of what we should look for next time we go?