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

Madrid Mar 17, 2012 09:31 AM

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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    gimlis1mum RE: Madrid Mar 17, 2012 12:21 PM

    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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      Jenny Ondioline RE: gimlis1mum Mar 17, 2012 01:09 PM

      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.

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      cherrytomato RE: Madrid Mar 17, 2012 01:55 PM

      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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        Lucymax RE: cherrytomato Mar 30, 2012 04:11 PM

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

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          Jenny Ondioline RE: Lucymax Mar 30, 2012 05:01 PM

          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. opinionatedchef RE: Madrid Mar 30, 2012 10:20 PM

        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. MC Slim JB RE: Madrid Mar 31, 2012 07:34 AM

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


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            Brock Lee Robb RE: Madrid Apr 1, 2012 10:20 AM

            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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              Trumpetguy RE: Brock Lee Robb Apr 1, 2012 10:39 AM

              Very nice!!!

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              secondbreakfast RE: Madrid Apr 1, 2012 01:19 PM

              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.

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                y2000k RE: Madrid Apr 6, 2012 12:45 PM

                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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                  Jenny Ondioline RE: y2000k Apr 6, 2012 07:03 PM

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

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                  Lmiggedy RE: Madrid Apr 7, 2012 07:10 AM

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

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                    The Chemist RE: Madrid Apr 7, 2012 07:22 AM

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

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