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Wild Ramp market continues to grow

May. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The Wild Ramp is quickly outgrowing its space, a board member recently announced on the co-op's Facebook page.

"We are looking for a new location where we could have a cafe and room to hold producer training and cooking classes," member Gail Patton said. "If you support the market, I would love to hear your thoughts. At this point we are gathering information about opportunities."

Saturday, May 4, will be a busy day at the market. The Wild Ramp has a new initiative encouraging local business owners to demonstrate their support of the local food movement and volunteer in the market. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Chris Miller of Dutch Miller Auto Group will be greeting customers and bagging purchases, in support of the more than 75 farmers and food producers doing business at the market.

"I believe in local farming, local jobs, local health and grass fed animals," Miller said in a press release. Dutch Miller Auto Group is a past corporate sponsor of the market and is planning to grant the market a van to aggregate and distribute products more easily.

Also Saturday at the market, Cabell County Master Gardeners will host their Annual Perennial Seed Swap on the patio. Master Gardeners will bring plants from 10 a.m. to noon to exchange them with other Master Gardeners and the public for a donation. Local producers will continue the sale of seedlings and locally grown pepper and tomato plants, herbs, berry bushes and more at the market.

Also, youth will be selling lemonade for National Lemonade Day.

PETCO: The Petco at Merritt's Creek in Barboursville has been announced as the company's district leader in sales for dog training in the first quarter.

With more than 30 stores in the district, the Barboursville store did more than half of the district's sales for the quarter, said Amy Phillips, inventory and pricing manager at the Barboursville Petco.

She said credit goes to Claire Massey, a newly hired dog trainer at the Barboursville store.

Petco offers weekly pet training classes, which can be taken for six or 12 weeks, featuring two hours of one-on-one with a trainer. Positive obedience training is offered, and potty training and leash walking are taught.

TRACTOR SUPPLY: Tractor Supply Co., which has several stores in the Tri-State, has added the Jonsered brand of professional grade chainsaws.

Six model of chainsaws are expected to be available at all locations, and the entire line of Jonsered power equipment will be available on the company web site.

OXI FRESH: Kim Rhoades of South Point has opened a new Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning franchise in the area.

"We are not your typical carpet cleaning company," she said. Oxi Fresh's products are all natural and non-toxic, using oxygen rather than soap in its cleaning process. Launched in Denver in 2006, Oxi Fresh now has more than 240 franchisees focused on environmentally friendly cleaning, she said.

"We are committed to being totally green," Rhoades said. "We practice water conservation, our machines are portable and energy efficient, and all of our products are safe for children and pets.

"Since we only use one to two gallons of water per household, unlike steam cleaning, your carpet is dry in about an hour." Learn more at www.oxifresh.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oxifresh-se-oh. Oxi Fresh can be reached by phone at 304-690-6011.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.