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Apr 25, 2011 05:34 PM

Any ramps yet?

So a discussion on the home cooking board has me wondering if ramps have hit the markets in Toronto yet. I didn't get to any markets this past week-end, anybody out there have any sitings?

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  1. Yes, they have been at the SLM for the last two Saturdays in the North Market.

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    1. re: Otonabee

      I'm calling Phil's Place tomorrow morning to check. I'll let you guys know... after I buy my share :) haha

      1. re: Otonabee

        Which vendors at the SLM North Market had them?

      2. A discussion about the ethics of foraging for ramps has been moved to the General Chowhounding Topics board:


          1. re: metalgrannie

            Ramps are wild leeks that are described as having an oniony-garlic flavour. They are only available in early spring. They don't seem to be cultivated (on any large scale), they grow wild and are foraged.

            1. re: cheesymama

              They're cultivated in Quebec as it is illegal to forage them. That will happen here, and in neighboring states before long.

              1. re: cheesymama

                I kinda thought this was an accessibility issue, nevermind!

            2. Saw them for $5.99/pound at Galleria (York Mills & Don Mills) yesterday.

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  Picked up some today at Wychwood from Forbes (they are harvested by Beausoleil (?) First Nations, in Northern Ontario, and they harvest only 5% of the crop. Made some fantastic pesto with them and tonight, pasta with sauteed ramps! Yay Spring.

                  First Nation
                  , Stratton, ON P0W, CA

                  1. re: EarlyDrive

                    EarlyDrive, I was at Wychwood this morning as well! Tremendously nice people at Forbes; I bought 4 bags of ramps and he threw in some bonus treats as well. Well worth the drive from North York at 7:30 in the morning!

                    1. re: table4onthefly

                      Aren't they nice? I just love them and their products. A few weeks back, I purchased 2 bottles of maple syrup (delish!). And he said his morels were a few weeks out (had them last year and they were great). I also LOVE the grape jelly from Forbes.

                      1. re: table4onthefly

                        I'd love to see the Wychwood market but I live miles aaway. Where does one park?

                        1. re: Herne

                          parking is available on most of the residential streets nearby, you'll be fine.

                      2. re: EarlyDrive

                        I picked some up from Forbes yesterday too and made a crazy omelet this morning. Omelet was diced bulbs sauteed in butter, a mix of Quinte Crest from Fifth town and old raw cheddar from L'Ancetre, and ribbons of ramp leaves just before the omelet hit the place. Crazy good. This week, two more things: 1) potato ramp soup with homemade chicken stock and cream, and pasta with ramp pesto. Love the ramps!

                        1. re: acd123

                          Sounds great. I am going to have the pasta with ramp pesto this week too -- light on the pasta, and throw in a few sauteed ramps. Double ramps.

                        2. re: EarlyDrive

                          They're great people. Bought a bunch last weekend, made a ramp & vidalia soup from Epicurious. Fantastic!