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Chef14 Apr 23, 2013 07:58 PM

Wanted to go foraging for wild leeks this weekend, has anyone ever found any in the Newmarket area? This will be my first time looking for some so any tips would help thanks!

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    Chef14 Apr 24, 2013 05:26 AM

    I understand about not harvesting a whole patch, I was wondering if anyone has had them in the Newmarket area wasn't looking for an exact location

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      jayt90 Apr 24, 2013 06:18 AM

      If you do harvest some, the safe way is to take 1/3 of a bunch, so that the small groups can recuperate by root division. Even so it will take several years before they expand again. I would suggest looking for roadside patches on municipal property, on a slope under tree shade. The ditch will probably be swampy.

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        Nyleve Apr 24, 2013 07:42 AM

        They will often share space with trilliums. Although the trilliums aren't up yet around us and the ramps are.

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        Nyleve Apr 24, 2013 05:16 AM

        I know this isn't what you want to hear, but no one is likely going to share their secret ramp spot with you. No doubt they grow in many places around Newmarket, but these spots are likely to be on private property so you'd have get permission. This has been a bit of a debated topic since some people who forage for ramps can do considerable damage to a wild patch if they don't pick very moderately. Ramps are slow growing and don't recover from over harvesting easily. I have a secret ramp spot and I won't share it even with a close friend. I will give friends a few ramps, but never reveal the location.

        1. TorontoJo Apr 24, 2013 05:13 AM

          You should read the posts in this thread about the sustainability of ramps:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/896967

          Bottom line is that I don't think anyone is going to point you to any locations for fear of having the entire patch decimated.

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