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Apr 22, 2014 02:08 PM

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

Seems a tad steep, no?

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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.

            1. 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....


                      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.


                            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.