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  1. damn. maybe i can grow them in my apartment...

    1. Fairway is out of control. According to Lucy's Greenmarket Report, Mountain Sweet Berry had ramps this past Saturday at Union Square. I'm pretty sure they were about $15/lb last year.

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      1. re: small h

        $7.50 1/4LB this weekend at Union Square. Maybe the price comes down as they become more available?

        1. re: Alan Henderson

          Yes, once more vendors start selling ramps, the price should drop. But it's also possible that I remember wrong. Thanks for your firsthand report.

          1. re: small h

            Yeah, I think during peak ramp seasons past, I've paid $3.99 per bunch.

            Union Market had them for a few days last week, $8.99 a bunch.

        2. re: small h

          $4 a bunch at Mountain Sweet Berry, yesterday. Giant ramps, measuring about 18 inches. My kitchen scale weighed out at just under 7 oz for one bunch.

          1. re: kathryn

            I saw them for $3, but not so huge. Lotta ramps this year! Also a lotta people. Some lady bashed me with her cart while I was picking out mushrooms. I managed to limp home with a ton of stuff, including some red mustard greens (oxymoron?), a bunch of skinny asparagus and a bluefish fillet the length of my forearm.

        3. RAMPant inflation

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          1. re: kathryn

            We're on the same RAMPage.

            1. re: kathryn

              Cute!

            2. Ramp prices have been "ramp"ing up for the past handful of years.
              I think ramps have been overly romanticized because of their local and seasonal nature, ushering in the goodness and promise to come at our farmers markets.
              At the risk of heresy, I think ramps are more hype than substance. There are far too many allium choices besides ramps, that cost significantly less and do a very similar job, to spend such a ridiculous amount of money on them.
              I'll buy a bunch or two, then I'll be over it until next season, when once again, I'll spend too much money on ubiquitous, albeit ephemeral, weeds ;-)

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              1. re: monavano

                Same here. I think people get overexcited for them simply because they truly are seasonal -- whereas you can have asparagus flown in year-round, ramps are hard to get any other time of year.

              2. Do they go out to the back and hand pick each one from the sheltered organic hydroponic field of wild ramps they have when you want to puchase them...???

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  A hydroponic (i.e., artificial) field of wild ramps is an oxymoron. I think - and someone please correct me if I'm wrong - that ramps are foraged rather than cultivated, which is one reason they're pricey. That, and the hype. Fortunately, I can afford to spend $10ish dollars on ramps every spring, which is all I really want anyway. They're just the prelude to asparagus, as far as I'm concerned.

                  1. re: small h

                    I had ramps once - just once - at a restaurant, and it was very delicious.

                    1. re: villainx

                      Ramp scarcity, in NYTIMES a few years ago....

                      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/20/din...

                      Fairway produce prices are ridiculous these days...

                    2. re: small h

                      You are absolutely right, ramps are wild leeks, so if they are cultivated rather than foraged, they are not wild. I think Ttrockwood was just being tongue-in-cheek about the hydroponic thing.

                      1. re: rrems

                        Ramps are only found in the wild. Because of demand and money they are in danger of being wipe out. Canada has restrictions on harvesting them and we should too. I agree, there are many other allium choices that are reasonably priced and don't endanger the wild cousins. More vexing is that I have had in restaurants, very poorly prepared ramps that were rendered inedible and that is sinful.

                        1. re: chervil9

                          I'll have to talk to a couple of my W. VA farmers this weekend at the farmers market- I'm curious to see if they see ramps as being over-harvested.
                          My understanding is that they have been plentiful and not hard to find on their properties.
                          I'm curious if that's still the case, because I've viewed the 100%-200% increase in price as a reflection of their "precious" and "foodie darling" status over the past couple of years, not scarcity.
                          At least where I live- of course if varies by location.

                          1. re: chervil9

                            I am pretty certain that ramps can be cultivated, or at least the link below says they can be.

                            Most farmer's at the USq market sell them with the bulbs attached,w hich I much prefer. Lani's Farm had them today at UN Plaza wtih the roots and bulbs cut off…Ii am guessing that these are cultivated. They were selling tiny bunch for $3.50.

                            http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-133.html

                            1. re: chervil9

                              I know that the state of Maine doesn't allow ramp foraging. I actually bought ramps from Vermont when I lived in Maine, and planted them in a dozen select spots over the three years I lived there. It's been five years and I haven't checked on them. I wonder how they are doing?

                          2. re: small h

                            I know, and realize they are foraged in the wild etc i was just *trying* to be funny....

                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                              I see that now. Sometimes my pedantry locks my sense of humor in a closet and won't let it out.

                        2. I had a ramp infused and encrusted halibut last night at a restaurant that would have me happily paying whatever is necessary for a repeat of that intense flavor -- RAMP it up!

                          1. Whole Paycheck (ie, Whole Foods) in Gowanus had them for $19.50 a pound this past weekend, but they sold out quickly and the produce guys stocking the shelves said he didn't think they were getting any more. FWIW, the sign with the price listed California as the origin of Whole Foods' ramps.

                            Victim of popularity and a rough winter.

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                            1. re: famdoc

                              Victim of popularity and a rough winter.

                              ^^^^^^^
                              I'm afraid morels are going to be astronomical for the same reasons.

                              1. re: famdoc

                                Whole paycheck? Not when you go there to buy 89 cent cans of beans

                              2. Here is a $4 bunch of ramps I bought at Union Square today. As you can see, it's 3.9 oz, so about $16.50/lb.

                                 
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                                1. re: small h

                                  That's a nice bunch of ramps- what my bunches looked like about 3 years ago ;(

                                  1. re: monavano

                                    I'm very pleased. Only one vendor had them, but she had plenty. And I didn't make it over there 'til 1:30 - she must've had a veritable mountain of ramps this morning.

                                    1. re: small h

                                      It's really healthy and vibrant looking too.
                                      Whatcha gonna make ??

                                      1. re: monavano

                                        I'm so glad you asked. One third will be this:

                                        http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                                        One third will get grilled. And the rest, I'll pickle and save for my next dinner-of-cold-things.

                                        1. re: small h

                                          Thanks for sharing. Looks great!
                                          I, when possible, when the "Gods" align, make a Spring dish with chicken thighs, ramps and morels.
                                          I'm hoping to get my ingredients this Sat.
                                          Fingers crossed.

                                          ps.. pickling is so cool. I have not worked the nerve up yet.

                                          1. re: monavano

                                            <ps.. pickling is so cool. I have not worked the nerve up yet.>

                                            Fermentation pickling can go south on you, but quick pickling (which is what I'll do to the ramps) is almost absurdly easy. If you can measure ingredients and boil water, you already have the necessary skills.

                                            1. re: small h

                                              Pickled ramps in grilled cheese! I pickled about 5 pint jars which is a lot of ramps so we try them on lots if things. Thanks for reminding me to go for that again.

                                              1. re: small h

                                                Quick pickle- now that I can do, and will give it a try!
                                                Grilled cheese is a great idea.
                                                OK, I'm getting a bit excited to "forage" for ramps at the market.

                                            2. re: small h

                                              If you like them, this recipes includes toasted pistachios. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ob7j...

                                    2. Thanks for the link, small h.

                                      I forage for ramps and usually grill them. Kinda my own Spanish calecot festival fantasy
                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMLUba...
                                      (skip to 3:25 on video).

                                      I also pickle, but only a few jars to give away. The guy who showed me how and where to pick them gets a jar every year.
                                      I like the leaves sautéed in olive oil with a bit of garlic. They wilt to almost nothing, but tasty indeed.

                                      I checked a couple of spots yesterday, but too early by a couple of weeks in my area. I was rewarded with a wood tick, though....

                                      While on the subject, theres also fiddleheads...

                                      1. If you live in Bergen County, NJ take a walk along the Saddle River. Park at Dunkerhook and walk towards the waterfall, but don't use the paved path. Look around in that area, they are coming up now together with Hellebore and Skunk cabbage. I saw quite a few Ramp patches there yesterday.
                                        I love Onions and Garlic, but the garlicky taste really seems to stay with you, I myself find it just a bit over the top to really go for it….

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                                        1. re: RUK

                                          Ramps come out your pores!
                                          Ramps get bigger and longer over time, as the season progresses. The bigger they are, the stronger they are and the smell oozes out of your skin!
                                          Seriously, one night, I had to sleep turned away from DH because it was wafting off of him.
                                          We were ramp crazy that year.

                                          1. re: RUK

                                            Which town is Bergen County are you referring to?

                                            1. re: donna19631963

                                              There is a bike path running along the Saddle River from Ridgewood to Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook. We parked the car at Dunkerhook/Paramus ( continuation of Fair Lawn Ave/ Fair Lawn and left turn into parking lot after the light) and walked direction Glen Rock.

                                          2. Freshdirect is selling them $4.99 for 4oz.

                                            1. Do they have scapes (the green tops of garlic) yet?

                                              A little early . . .

                                              1. Ramps were $16/lb. at the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket yesterday.

                                                1. Saw lots at Union Square yesterday, about $3.50-$4 per bunch.

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                                                  1. re: loratliff

                                                    yep, took home a bunch for $3.50. i was there towards the end of the day and several vendors still had plenty for sale.

                                                    1. re: coasts

                                                      No garlic scapes, but there was asparagus at the market yesterday.

                                                      1. re: erica

                                                        if you dont mind, do you recall how much the asparagus was?

                                                        1. re: CarmenR

                                                          One vendor (is the name still BodhiTree?) had them for $8 a pound and they were nearly sold out at 9am. I bought them at another, the stand from New Jersey at the south end of the Saturday market, for $5 (I think) a bunch, which was about a pound. She had lots of them left about 9:15.

                                                          I think that Migliorelli had them, too but did not notice price.

                                                          Just had the asparagus as main coponent of an excellent dinner: Green salad (mix of Queens Farm lettuce and more spicy greens from different vendor) and then: Grilled asparagus and ramps topped with Parmesan bread crumbs (also added pimenton and salt) and poached eggs.

                                                  2. That's CRAZY. When they are happy in the wild, they are very, very happy - I have a small field of them behind my house in CT.

                                                     
                                                    1. If you haven't already tired of them, there's a crazy large amount of great-looking ramps at the Union Square Greenmarket today (Friday), for less than $20/lb.