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? Ramps & Fiddleheads in SE MI Markets

Markcron Apr 27, 2009 11:48 AM

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. Fritter RE: Markcron Apr 27, 2009 12:58 PM

    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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      Markcron RE: Fritter Apr 28, 2009 10:12 AM

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

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        kellycolorado RE: Markcron Apr 29, 2009 06:29 AM

        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.

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          Fritter RE: kellycolorado May 2, 2009 10:45 AM

          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
            JanPrimus RE: Fritter May 2, 2009 10:48 AM

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

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

            1. re: JanPrimus
              Fritter RE: JanPrimus May 2, 2009 01:36 PM

              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
              kellycolorado RE: Fritter May 4, 2009 12:19 PM

              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
            Fritter RE: Markcron Apr 29, 2009 11:27 AM

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

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              Ludlows23 RE: Markcron Apr 30, 2009 07:41 AM

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

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                Fritter RE: Ludlows23 Apr 30, 2009 08:17 AM

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


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                  Markcron RE: Ludlows23 Apr 30, 2009 06:55 PM

                  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.

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                    Fritter RE: Markcron Apr 30, 2009 07:05 PM

                    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.

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                      Fritter RE: Markcron May 15, 2009 12:36 PM

                      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.

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                        Fritter RE: Fritter May 15, 2009 11:42 PM

                        Whoops make that Memorial day. LOL

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                          Fritter RE: Fritter May 16, 2009 05:18 PM

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

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                      Ludlows23 RE: Ludlows23 May 5, 2009 02:33 PM

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

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                  interplanetjanet RE: Markcron Apr 29, 2009 08:49 AM

                  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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                    coney with everything RE: interplanetjanet Apr 29, 2009 12:32 PM

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

                    1. re: coney with everything
                      JanPrimus RE: coney with everything Apr 29, 2009 02:20 PM

                      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
                        coney with everything RE: JanPrimus Apr 30, 2009 05:17 AM

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

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                          JanPrimus RE: coney with everything Apr 30, 2009 07:03 AM

                          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.

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                            Fritter RE: JanPrimus Apr 30, 2009 08:14 AM

                            Lets not even mention Dequindre or cadieux! LOL

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                              boagman RE: JanPrimus Apr 30, 2009 04:42 PM

                              ::secretly hates JanPrimus now::


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                          interplanetjanet RE: coney with everything Apr 29, 2009 05:31 PM

                          eep. sorry about the mix up

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                          jskang47 RE: interplanetjanet May 15, 2009 04:12 PM

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

                        4. JanPrimus RE: Markcron Apr 29, 2009 11:00 AM

                          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
                            Fritter RE: JanPrimus Apr 29, 2009 11:28 AM

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

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                              JanPrimus RE: Fritter Apr 29, 2009 11:44 AM

                              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
                                JanPrimus RE: JanPrimus May 3, 2009 07:09 AM

                                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.

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                                  JanPrimus RE: JanPrimus May 3, 2009 10:45 AM

                                  I just snuck out of the woods...

                          2. JanPrimus RE: Markcron May 16, 2009 02:30 PM

                            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.

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                              mgebs RE: Markcron May 19, 2009 02:41 PM

                              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.

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