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I'm going to be in the Chicago area next weekend making an Orphans' Easter dinner for a group of friends that are all too far away from family to go home for Easter. I usually try to incorporate anything I can get fresh and in-season for Easter dinner, which generally means ramps if I can find 'em. With Easter being so early this year and winter going long, ours are definitely not up in my neck of the woods yet, but I was hoping there might be a slim chance they're starting to show up a little further south. Has anyone seen them for sale? Or should I just resign myself to serving winter veggies?

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  1. I haven't seen, or looked for, ramps this season. In prior years, I have found them at both Whole Foods in Lakeview (one on Ashland, one of Halsted), so I would recommend checking with whichever WF is closest to you regarding seasonality.

    1. I would agree with GourmetWednesday about WF being a good source for ramps. I think it's still a tad early here, but who knows ... maybe by next weekend. Fingers crossed for all of us.

      If not, there's always asparagus.

      1. Thanks for confirming what I pretty much already knew. I'll give WF a shot, but won't get my hopes up. Our backup brussels sprout plan will work, especially considering we had snow this week and will again next week. Right now, Friday's forecast of sunny and over 50 is making me giddy!

        1. Too late for the OP, but for anyone else looking, I found some today at Fox & Obel. Sounds like they just came in, as the cashier asked me what they were, didn't know the PLU code, and had to go to the produce section to check the price. Ditto for fiddleheads, also in stock and unfamiliar to this staffperson. Looking forward to cooking them up tomorrow with a whole marinated chicken from PQM.

          1. I asked about ramps at Mariano's today. The produce guy wasn't sure what they were but he said he would check them out and try to order some. Fingers crossed.

            1. As of yesterday afternoon you can find them at Publican Quality Meats in the West loop for $17/lb.