The day was hot and the reporter found himself needing something cold to drink. The Wild Ramp helped quench that thirst.

Two cans of spring water later, and the reporter was ready for the home stretch.

Kiersten Vint is a dietetic student and part-time employee at The Wild Ramp. If you have any questions about healthy eating, she's there to help.

Vint says her passion for helping people learn how to eat healthy is what drew her to The Wild Ramp.

"Having a place where I can talk to people about healthy eating and be able to show them (how to cook healthy) in the kitchen. I create the Harvest Kitchen foods we sell here. I like to make food so people can have a healthy meal if they don't feel like getting up and cooking for themselves," Vint said.

The Wild Ramp specializes in locally produced and grown grocery items. There's everything from canned Carolina Reaper peppers to bison meat and full racks of pork ribs. All locally made and grown.

It also offers cooking classes and seminars to help local people produce their own food and do it safely, with case in point being a recent tractor safety course hosted by the market.

The Wild Ramp has drawn customers from all over the country and the world.

"There's people coming in that English is their second language," Vint said. "During Stinkfest, we had people coming in from Columbus and Cincinnati telling us how great this place is."

Stinkfest is the annual ramp festival hosted by The Wild Ramp. It started in the store and expanded to include most of Central City.

"Stinkfest was so much fun," Vint said. "My feet were really tired by the end of the day and I didn't get to do some of the fun things, but it was awesome."

But what about the smell of all those fresh ramps?

"The smell was nice at first, but then it became overpowering," she said with a laugh.

The Wild Ramp, 555 14th St. W., is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Sundays. Visit wildramp.org.

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