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signs of Spring? sorrel? ramps? fresh green almonds? chervil? mache? morels?

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I know it's very early yet, but I haven't had a chance to get to Arax or Russo's recently and wonder what is now available. Has anyone checked out the Siena Farm store in the South End (though I hate to think of the cost). Anybody growing little gem lettuce, herbs, etc? In general I can't afford Formaggio Kitchen produce, but a one-time splurge for something really special is possible.

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  1. IMO it's too early for local stuff unless you're using a greenhouse/tunnel/coldframe...The sorrel in my garden is just beggining to sprout up. Chives, too. The mache that re-seeded itself last fall is probably ready to pick, though.

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    1. re: gimlis1mum

      Our front stoop chives and thyme are running ahead of schedule, so it can't be too far off. I suspect things will start showing up around mid-April.

    2. I love muscat grapes and only see them close to Easter and Passover. They mean spring to me and I got them at Whole foods. A man in the produce department told me they are only available 6 weeks a year and starting in March.

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      1. re: cherrytomato

        Since now it's March 30 and some time has passed, anyone have an update? Looking for morels in particular.

        1. re: Lucymax

          Some good-looking ramps at Russo's yesterday, but they didn't fit into my meal plans for the next couple days, so I refrained.

      2. hi madrid when we were at Strip T's a few nights ago he was just getting in his first deliv of ramps etc etc from his local forager.

        1. Don't know if it's a sign of spring any more, but I've seen fresh favas at four different places this week.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

          1. Stinging Nettle is "growing like a weed" if you look around, and a sure sign of spring. Here's some fresh pasta I made with nettles.

             
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            1. re: Brock Lee Robb

              Very nice!!!

            2. There was a basket of ramps at Whole Foods JP on Friday night -- though the store seemed totally surprised to have someone actually buy some! I think it took 10 minutes and three people to work out how to ring them up. They were $14.99/lb. so I didn't get many, but delicious.

              1. I was at Russo's today~

                Ramps $17.98/lb
                Fiddleheads $14.98/lb

                Passed on both as they're just a bit too pricey for my taste!

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                1. re: y2000k

                  Don't need much for a meal of either, tough. A pound of ramps is an enormous amount!

                2. Verill Farm has ramps. Bit of a trip for most in greater Boston but worth it.

                  1. Morels are usually in late April or early May after a heavy rain IIRC.