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Apr 2, 2012 02:19 PM

With warm weather are fiddleheads/wild leeks early?

Has anyone seen them in stores?

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  1. Not up in the woods yet. I'm near Peterborough.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      The leeks have poked through at my family place in Haliburton, but are still about 10 - 14 days from harvest

      1. re: Nyleve

        Picked an entire shopping bag full on April 16 near Haliburton

      2. Fiddleheads were in the basement of SLM a couple of weeks ago.

        1. For what it's worth, a friend near Cleveland, OH reported ramp patches about a week ago, but in her pictures they looked like they were still a little low. So the season seems to be coming a little early, but not drastically so. In my area, I'm hoping I might be able to find a few for my Easter dinner.

          1. I was at a cooking class last night and the chef made wild leek and mushroom soup. The leeks are out here, but they were still smallish, but big enough enough to make a great soup!!!
            I'm in Hamilton.

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            1. re: fabia

              Just curious, did he use the whole plant, leaf & all, or just the white bulb?
              FWIT near Montreal, nothing has poked up yet.
              I don't know if its temperature based or amount of daily light which triggers the sprout...

              1. re: porker

                Temperature. Specifically, ground temperature. As soon as we get some warmth (again) and a nice soaking rain, both fiddleheads and leeks will be up.

            2. Gabardine had them on their fish special lastnight. So it looks like they're up. Usually it takes longer for them to get into stores though.