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morels and ramps in New Hampshire/Boston

ecwashere7 Mar 31, 2009 04:50 PM

I was wondering where I might be able to find ramps and/or morels. I live in Nashua, so anywhere in southern NH or the greater Boston area would be awesome.

Thanks!

  1. almansa Mar 31, 2009 06:04 PM

    You're a tad early. Ramps are coming from West Virginia right now; local (read inexpensive) will arrive mid May. Morels are coming from the Pacific Northwest and wholesale for $30-37/lb. When they finally make to local shelves (WFM, for example) they will probably retail for around $65/lb. Given the built-in loss WFM expects, they'll have to wholesale for around $24. That should be early May, or so. Unfortunately a lot of retailers keep their price steady, regardless of the wholesale market.

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    1. re: almansa
      Allstonian Apr 1, 2009 06:24 AM

      When they are in season, Russo's in Watertown offers both.

      1. re: Allstonian
        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 1, 2009 08:03 AM

        And my memory is that they way undercut the Whole Foods price on morels: not dirt cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly well under $65 a pound.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
          almansa Apr 1, 2009 11:09 AM

          I believe that!

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            lergnom Apr 1, 2009 02:21 PM

            Their morels tend to be a little dry and not as flavorful but I'm comparing them to those at or near a source in Michigan.

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          chilibaby Apr 1, 2009 05:53 PM

          The Russo's website lists ramps as 'what's best' for April although it doesn't actually say whether they have them yet.
          http://www.russos.com/

          1. re: chilibaby
            ChinaCat Apr 1, 2009 08:46 PM

            I don't care for the morels from Whole foods. They are indeed, kind of dry.

            I haven't been there in a couple years, but Idylwilde Farm in Acton always carried them in the past and they were quite good.

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        jody Apr 3, 2009 10:29 AM

        When in season, Savenor's on Charles St. in Beacon Hill has them. Last year, I bought very high quality ones at Plum in the South End.

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