Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ramp Foraging

rain woods path
spade pail mud
roots rocks ramps
(in search of allium tricoccum)


Into the woods.


Once found, you couldn't put a foot down....


My fellow foragers.




The rain made for easy working of the soil.


Into the clear.


Just enough, sauteed, to top a couple of buffalo burgers.

More to come....

11 comments:

Alfonso Cevola said...

wow, so lucky in those parts to have these to forage.

thanks for the cools post, nice shots

David McDuff said...

Thanks, Ace. I'm lucky to have friends willing to share their source. Off to cook up some more tasty treats with the spoils tonight.

Jon Webster said...

Mmmmmmmm ramps, one of my favorite times of the year. They have been in bounteous supply at the farmers market the past few weeks. So many ways to eat them, yet so short is their season...

Janella said...

David, You know it's funny how that the ramp was not part of my vocabulary and let alone my palate until a few weeks ago. And after eating at a slow food restaurant in NYC (Hearth), I'm now craving these things! Thanks for the interesting post.

Anonymous said...

Dave,

Glad I could share this ramp "romp"spot.

Glad I could share it with someone that really gets it....and shares the wonders of ramps. (But not the GPS coordinates)!!

Next year, same time....

-Pickled One

Joe Manekin said...

Dig that, McD. Sounds like you enjoyed the foraging and the eating of the ramps. How long does the season typically run?

Anonymous said...

Green Ramps and Eggs. Yum Yum Yum!

Tim said...

That's awesome. We've been "foraging" ours at Iovine Bros.

David McDuff said...

Jon,
Ramp season will be over or all but over by the time most farmers markets open in the Philly area. As Tim mentions below, though, they've been spotted at Iovine's in the Reading Terminal Market.

Janella,
You bet. Ramps have only been on my table for the last few years now. Definitely still in the "what's that" family for most people.

Pickled one,
Thanks again for sharing and leading the way. Just pickled the last of my haul this morning.

Joe M.,
I'd say the season usually runs around six weeks, sometimes as little as a month. This year, it seems to have stretched closer to two months, maybe a touch more, probably helped along by our longer than normal grey and gloomy season.

Glad you liked the eggs, anon. Today's batch turned out even better I thought.

Hey Tim,
Nothing wrong with a little urban market foraging. We do what we have to....

Femme Fermental said...

Your Ramp foraging actually looks more exciting than the Goat races. I only spent an hour there because I had to go to work at 3:30. Next year...next year.

David McDuff said...

The goat races at Sly Fox were my other main temptation for the day, Gina. It sounded like it would be a blast but the idea of standing around in the rain, even with a beer in hand, just couldn't compete with ramp hunting. Next year indeed.

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