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Apr 27, 2009 11:48 AM

? Ramps & Fiddleheads in SE MI Markets

Are there any vendors at Royal Oak or Oakland County Farmer's Markets that will have ramps or fiddleheads available?
Or would Papa Joes or Whole Foods have these?
Or, if I want them, do I need to get them online (e.g. - Earthy delights)?

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  1. I would avoid Earthy delights. I have spoken to several chef's that have had similar experiences that I have had with them.
    I have not seen ramps at Papa Joes or Whole foods. IIR there was some one selling them at the RO farmers market last year.
    If you do require an on-line vendor for ramps I highly suggest some one reliable such as D'artagnon who has a stellar reputation. Their products and service are always top notch.
    Does any one know if Otto's Chicken will be at the RO market this year?

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    1. re: Fritter

      Thanks Fritter.
      I'm gonna check Royal Oak Friday and Oakland County Saturday.
      I don't know about Otto's, but I'll check.

      1. re: Markcron

        Let us know what you find.... I plan to be at the Rochester market opening day on Saturday but I'm not holding out hope for ramps there.

        1. re: kellycolorado

          Did you make it down today? Wow was it packed. I stopped and started talking to Richard (Cuz Don) Hobson in the NW corner. He carries spring Lamb, popcorn, Maple syrup etc. We wound up jaw boning for quite a while. Look for Cuz Don next time you swing by and let him know Chef Dave sent you! ;)
          BTW he has a book on his table called the "American Farmer" and he's featured in it along with over 20 other Michigan farmers.
          I left with lamb chops and some lamb burger. YUM.
          I did not see Ramps at RO or Rochester although I came home with a cooler full of Otto's chicken and some sushi from Noble fish.
          It was a great day for shopping the local farm markets.

          1. re: Fritter

            I saw Ramps, Fiddleheads and Morels down at Eastern Market this morning.

            Ramps and Fiddleheads = $17 a pound
            Morels = $39

            1. re: JanPrimus

              I saw Morels at RO but they were sorry looking. I missed your other Post. I'm between Rochester/Romeo and I found another small patch of whites. It' still just a titch early in the woods where I go. I spoke to my Dad in Petoskey today. He says it's still been very cold at night up North.

            2. re: Fritter

              I didn't make it down unfortunately but I definitely will be going regularly and I plan to go to Royal Oak at least monthly. Thanks for the heads up on the book and the lamb info. I love lamb!

          2. re: Markcron

            I just got off the phone with Otto's and they will indeed be at RO starting this weekend!

            1. re: Markcron

              Mark - FYI, the Royal Oak market (I believe) is just on Saturday.

              1. re: Ludlows23

                When I spoke to Otto he said they would be there Friday as well. They are open on Fridays May-X-mas.


                1. re: Ludlows23

                  Royal Oak opens on Fridays starting May 8.
                  Royal Oak Market Master told me they have no vendors with ramps or fiddleheads. I expect they are not to be found at Oakland County Market either.
                  So I will check out Plum, or mail order for my dinner next week.

                  1. re: Markcron

                    All I can tell you is Otto told me they would be there this Friday and the web site says they are open Fridays starting in May.
                    Hope that helps.
                    Here is the email I received from the market master;

                    "You will find him (otto) at the South end of the market. He will have a stall indoors and the large truck will be just outside the big door. With the new lease period (begins May 1st) he has said he will be here every week.

                    1. re: Markcron

                      Just wanted to come back and update. The RO market is technically open on Friday but there's not much there. In spite of what both Otto and the market master indicated they were not there Friday May 15. If any one plans on trying the RO market on Friday I would wait until after Labor day and even then I'm not sure I would expect all the vendors to be there that are available on a Saturday.

                      1. re: Fritter

                        Whoops make that Memorial day. LOL

                        1. re: Fritter

                          And one final update on Otto's. They will not be there on Friday's at all this season.

                    2. re: Ludlows23

                      Thanks everyone for the follow up on Fridays in RO! I had no idea!!

                2. Try Plum Market on the Corner of Maple and Inkster. This weekend while shopping there I saw that they had ramps in stock. There was also a sign for fiddleheads but they were out.

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                  1. re: interplanetjanet

                    correction, Maple and Lahser, unless they have two in the area

                    1. re: coney with everything

                      Ann Arbor has the only other Plum Market that I know of.

                      It is at Lahser. BTW Hey anyone wanna argue over how to say "Lahser"?

                      I know I don't. I'm glad this is a typed format so 18 people won't correct me with 4 variants of the words pronunciation.

                      1. re: JanPrimus

                        LOL--I'm in the "Laaah-ser" camp, as opposed to "Lasher"!

                        1. re: coney with everything

                          OK so everyone can hate on me a little bit...

                          I'm in the La-Shhhh-er camp. I don't care if I am right or wrong because it is stuck due to habituation.

                          1. re: JanPrimus

                            Lets not even mention Dequindre or cadieux! LOL

                            1. re: JanPrimus

                              ::secretly hates JanPrimus now::


                        2. re: interplanetjanet

                          Yep--saw them there a couple of weeks ago. $19/pound, from Washington State.

                        3. I bought Fiddleheads last year down at Eastern Market. Same guy sold morels, trumpets and more common shrooms. Ramps he had ran out of when I showed up.

                          Just ask for the shroom guy and someone should be able to point him out.

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                          1. re: JanPrimus

                            Did you get out shrooming? I found a small patch of whites yesterday. I saw one small patch of ramps in bloom today.

                            1. re: Fritter

                              No....I ended up with a rather painful tendon injury in my ankle (Took the daughter roller skating) . I may go out a little this weekend and the weekend after that will be 4 days of shrooming.

                              What county did you find them in?

                              1. re: JanPrimus

                                Well I made it out to Lansing to do some work for my Parents this weekend. I found a Patch of 16 whites. We may head out to Marion Springs today to hit a spot that a friend has very good luck with.

                                The ones I found look pretty small but I'll take em anyway. I kept them in the ground over night but no change in size.

                                1. re: JanPrimus

                                  I just snuck out of the woods...

                          2. I found a MASSIVE patch of Ramps today East of Lansing. I would say there is enough for a few bushels. I am gonna go dig them out tomorrow morning. They were along the side of a park trail...all along both sides for at least 100 yards. If you have a good nose you will know when you are smack dab in the middle of them.

                            1. We were 'shrooming in Lewiston last week and found a woodsfull of ramps. I made the ramp biscuits from the April Bon Appetit (I think) and they were DELICIOUS! Cracked coriander on top.