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Ramps at RDU Markets

burgeoningfoodie Apr 25, 2013 06:30 AM

Anyone seen them yet?

  1. d
    D R C Apr 25, 2013 09:16 AM

    Would love to find some fresh soft shell crabs locally as well :-).

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    1. re: D R C
      meatn3 Apr 25, 2013 11:12 AM

      The recent drop in temperature has been devastating for fishing in general and particularly hard on the soft shell harvest.

      1. re: meatn3
        LulusMom Apr 25, 2013 01:07 PM

        Weirdly enough, I was somewhere (my brain is feeling a little mushy right now and I'm having a hard time remembering where) recently and they had soft shells. I sort of poo-poo'd them saying that surely they were frozen, but I was told they were fresh. In my memory (cloudy) this was a nice place, so I kind of think they wouldn't have been making it up. To me it seems a little early for soft shells. If I remember where this happened, I'll let you know. I should add that I did not order them, despite the fact that softshells are one of my favorite things on earth (but I like them batterless, which is pretty hard to come by down here, even after lots of begging).

        1. re: LulusMom
          bbqme Apr 27, 2013 07:48 PM

          Both Sax Gen Store and Elaine's posted on Facebook that they had gotten soft shell in and were featuring them on this weekend's menu.

          1. re: bbqme
            LulusMom Apr 28, 2013 02:35 AM

            Huh, thanks. I guess they're back. My favorite would be to make them myself but LulusDad gets squeamish about the whole process and refuses to eat them. Maybe Elaine's in the coming week ...

            1. re: LulusMom
              LulusMom May 4, 2013 04:44 PM

              Had soft shells at Vin Rouge this evening - tempura battered. Not my favorite way to eat them but they were still amazing, served with fresh asparagus, aioli and toasted hazelnuts.

          2. re: LulusMom
            JayL May 2, 2013 08:30 AM

            The only fresh soft crab is a LIVE soft crab.

            But a frozen one is 90% or better than a fresh one...so no worries for me.

            1. re: JayL
              LulusMom May 2, 2013 08:48 AM

              We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.

        2. re: D R C
          romansperson Apr 26, 2013 08:43 AM

          Keep checking the Weaver St. markets - they've been featuring Core Sound Seafood, and I am sure soft shells will be part of the offerings as the season progresses.

        3. LulusMom Apr 25, 2013 01:10 PM

          Just went on the Chapel Hill farmer's market website and ramps isn't showing up under the "what you'll find at the market" section. Here is a link for those who are interested: http://www.thechapelhillfarmersmarket...

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            burgeoningfoodie Apr 26, 2013 11:08 AM

            You all.. This is about ramps not seafood..

            1. d
              D R C Apr 26, 2013 07:15 PM

              LOL you were making me think about spring! Lots of ramps on the menu over at Pizzeria Toro last night, wonder where they are getting them. (Killer spring-produce salads and soup there.) Will let you know if I see any at the Durham market tomorrow.

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              1. re: D R C
                Tom from Raleigh May 1, 2013 05:56 AM

                We haven't seen them at the Carrboro Farmers Mkt.

                1. re: Tom from Raleigh
                  meatn3 May 1, 2013 10:27 AM

                  So strange...I have seen them on area menu's lately.

                  1. re: meatn3
                    burgeoningfoodie May 1, 2013 01:31 PM

                    They are outsourced.

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                      meatn3 May 1, 2013 04:40 PM

                      They were from NC mountains...not sure what you mean by outsourced.

                      My point is NC growers/gathers have been supplying restaurants so I'm somewhat surprised we haven't had Farmers Market sightings at this point.

              2. LulusMom May 1, 2013 01:37 PM

                Is it possible that this lousy weather we've had has put a damper on them? I know a lot of the flowers in our garden either didn't come out or came out very late this year.

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                1. re: LulusMom
                  kizil May 1, 2013 04:10 PM

                  Ramps grow in the mountains and are the first spring vegetable there.
                  They've been up for a few weeks now. There's a limited supply, and it's a short season, usually the month of April. The later in the season, the higher up you have to climb.

                  1. re: kizil
                    LulusMom May 1, 2013 04:41 PM

                    Right, but isn't it possible that this miserable spring might have made for a smaller supply?

                    1. re: kizil
                      burgeoningfoodie May 2, 2013 06:14 AM

                      I wonder if the low supply (possible) coupled with the fact that restaurants may get X% has dwindled what we have available to public purchase. I know that one restaurant has theirs sourced from the NW which is why I thought meatn3's ramps were outsourced and not from within the state. Not sure why they don't grow here. They are essentially garlic.

                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                        Tom from Raleigh May 4, 2013 08:10 AM


                        I agree with you. Ramps are related to wild onion which grows prevalently in many people's lawns here. Could be that we don't get cold enough here or a soil issue. I've never thought about cultivating them.

                        1. re: Tom from Raleigh
                          carolinadawg May 4, 2013 08:53 AM

                          Here's what NC State has to say about cultivating ramps. Doesn't sound particularly easy.

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                            carolinadawg May 6, 2013 12:38 PM

                            Oops, link didn't post...


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