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Wild ramp accounts for local boost

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The Wild Ramp, a nonprofit local foods market located in Huntington's Heritage Station, has injected nearly $350,000 in the local economy, and organizers are hopeful an upcoming move will ramp up success even further.

The market provides a space for local farmers and producers to sell agricultural items, with Wild Ramp keeping 10 percent of sales while 90 percent goes back to the producer. From July 2012 when the market opened through December 2013, the market paid $345,710 to 121 producers.

"It has been amazing to see the community come together to build this market from scratch", said Wild Ramp Board President Gail Patton. "It is rewarding to see the market making such an impact on the local economy."

The market is preparing to move to Huntington's historic Central City district on 14th Street West later this spring, giving it more space to allow for more farmers and producers as well as workshops and other classes to provide avenues for economic growth.

"The next year-and-a-half promise to be even bigger due to the move to Central City and farmers using season extension practices to make more and more local food available year-round," Patton said. "We can't thank our volunteers, customers and supporters enough for their help."