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Apr 4, 2008 01:24 PM

Buy ramps in Seattle?

I live outside Seattle and visit occasionally. Do any places sell ramps (wild leeks) when they are in season?

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  1. When they're in season I always find them at the various farmers' markets. I frequent UDistrict (Saturdays starting at 9AM) and have seen/bought them there. You can also check the "fresh sheet" page at which will tell you what's coming in that week. Good luck!

    1. Frank's in the Pike Place Market has them during the brief time they're available. Funny, unlike the other poster I've never seen them at Farmer's Markets and I wonder why they'd be there--they come from the east coast.

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      1. re: christy319

        Doesn't mean they don't grow here (or never have). I mean, based on, it sure sounds like they were available at some point from local farms. I can't say if I have or haven't seen them at the markets, but then, I've never looked.

        1. re: jaydeflix

          That raises a question: is it possible to grow bärlauch in these parts, and does somebody do it (and sell it)? I miss the stuff -- great tangy flavor. Incidentally, I notice there's something of a bärlauch fad in Germany these days -- bärlauch mustard, bärlauch pesto, cheese with little bits of bärlauch...

          1. re: jaydeflix

            That's an interesting bit with Costello in that link...I wonder what he means exactly, and what HAF's vendors are selling. Perhaps it's a different species of wild leek rather than Allium tricoccum? This is what I've always read about ramps-this from a USDA site:

            "The ramp is a perennial spring ephemeral herb that is broadly distributed in eastern North America from the Southern Appalachians to southern Québec and as far west as the eastern portions of the Dakotas (see Ramp Distribution Map)."


            Also, this is a plant that's almost always gathered from the wild, not cultivated by farmers, though it looks like there are efforts to figure out cultivation methods (looks like you need a hardwood forest, though):


            Yummers, it looks like barlauch is Allium ursinum, not A. triccocum (ramps).

            1. re: christy319

              Could always have been introduced to the area but not cultivated, per se. Who knows. Just sharing what I saw =)

              I've never actually looked for ramps around the farmer's markets, so I can't really say if it's around or not.

              1. re: jaydeflix

                I've never had ramps, but I've had barlauch, which is another kind of wild leek. Barlauch (bear leek) is sooooo tasty. A friend of mine in Switzerland keeps me stocked up with jars of barlauch pesto.

                I'm sure they would grow here. I believe Horizon Herbs in Oregon sells the seed online. I think they'd be two years to a decent harvest, but it'd be worth it.

        2. hi all,
          I just bought 3 lbs of ramps at franks at the pike place market - I believe they came from Oregon - they said they would have some more in about a week. But if you do not have any luck with that you can order them fresh from The Ramps Farm they send them priority so they stay fresh - My husband is from Germany and it is just like the Barlauch pesto. The time is really limited you can get fresh ramps so we make pesto and freeze it. It really is great and you do not need much to make a great pesto. Good luck!

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          1. re: sabando

            Sosio's in Pike Place had them last Saturday as well. Uwajimaya also has them.


            1. re: Daniel

              sosio's for sure , remember them last year at this time

          2. I just bought about a pound of fresh ramps at the Ballard Farmer's Market this past Sunday, May 18. Check the Foraged and Found stand. He told me the ramps came from Michigan. Delicious.

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            1. re: FlorafrmHawaii

              The Ballard Market (the store) has had them for a while now.