I live on the West Coast of Canada. I buy my produce and meat in two on farm shops locally, and at the farmers market during the summer. While I do buy some things direct from the farmer, like a side of pork occasionally, for the most part, I appreciate the convenience offered by the market and the two farm shops. Each of the shops sells primarily their own produce, but will sell other products on consignment from other growers. It’s a win for everyone that way.
Through the blogosphere, I’ve “met” many other farmers, food producers, and local food advocates. One such is the blogwriter for the Wildramp Market, way the other side of the continent from me, in Huntington, West Virginia.
Why would a small market out in WV be interesting to anyone outside that area? Because we’re all on common ground. Local, sustainably produced food, available and accessible to everyone – isn’t that the goal of so many of us in the business of local food?
Wildramp Market is a great model with a ton of potential for duplication. The market is run by volunteers, and product is supplied by local farmers and food producers – it can and does change from week to week with the seasons. There’s a lot of heart and soul, time and energy going into that little market, and success is snowballing.
To that end, they’ve entered into a fundraising challenge, hoping to be able to develop some needed infrastructure (like a cooler). They’re in the last few days of their fundraising effort, and only need about $300 to meet their modest goal. They’re not asking for millions. Just a few dollars here and there from people who want local food to be in the shopping baskets of the average consumer. If, like me, you’re one of those people, check out the link below, and read Wildramp’s story in their own eloquent words. I donated a few dollars a couple of weeks ago, and have watched the balance of pledges growing steadily every since. Go check out the link. Kick in a few bucks. Help the cause of local food.