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Any ramps yet?

cheesymama Apr 25, 2011 05:34 PM

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?

  1. Otonabee Apr 25, 2011 05:44 PM

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

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    1. re: Otonabee
      table4onthefly Apr 25, 2011 06:39 PM

      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
        debrobillard May 15, 2011 10:24 AM

        Which vendors at the SLM North Market had them?

      2. The Chowhound Team Apr 26, 2011 09:39 AM

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


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          metalgrannie Apr 29, 2011 12:40 AM

          What are "ramps," please?

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          1. re: metalgrannie
            cheesymama Apr 29, 2011 05:07 AM

            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
              jayt90 Apr 29, 2011 04:20 PM

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

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                jmarcroyal May 5, 2011 05:25 PM

                I kinda thought this was an accessibility issue, nevermind!

            2. Full tummy May 5, 2011 05:08 PM

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

              1. Kagemusha May 5, 2011 07:20 PM


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                1. re: Kagemusha
                  EarlyDrive May 7, 2011 08:57 AM

                  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
                    table4onthefly May 7, 2011 09:34 AM

                    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
                      EarlyDrive May 7, 2011 03:14 PM

                      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
                        Herne May 8, 2011 09:10 PM

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

                        1. re: Herne
                          aser May 8, 2011 09:18 PM

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

                      2. re: EarlyDrive
                        acd123 May 8, 2011 03:06 PM

                        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!

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                          EarlyDrive May 8, 2011 04:46 PM

                          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.

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                          Wino In Training May 16, 2011 01:01 PM

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

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                        KitchenVoodoo May 16, 2011 04:02 PM

                        Rowe Farms shop in Leslieville had them in bags above the meat rack a few days ago.

                        Rowe Farms
                        912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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