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  • Post #91 - February 17th, 2012, 4:37 pm
    Post #91 - February 17th, 2012, 4:37 pm Post #91 - February 17th, 2012, 4:37 pm
    Hi C2!

    As always, it's never a simple 'yes' or 'no'. Here's a discussion of the official law, widespread on the net:

    The wild leek (Allium tricoccum), is a protected species under Quebec legislation. A person may have wild leek in his or her possession outside its natural environment or may harvest it for the purposes of personal consumption in an annual quantity not exceeding 200 grams of any of its parts or a maximum of 50 bulbs or 50 plants, provided that those activities do not take place in a park within the meaning of the parks act. The protected status also prohibits any commercial transactions of wild leeks, this prevents restaurants from serving wild leek as is done in West Virginia. Failure to comply with these laws is punishable by a fine.[1]However, the law does not always stop poachers, who find a ready market across the border in Ontario (especially in the Ottawa area), where wild leeks may be legally harvested and sold.[2]

    Sorry, the refs have disappeared. But it's clear that there is no commercial traffic in ramps; harvest in *any* defined park is prohibited; and that the annual personal harvest is quite small--about 7 oz by weight.

    Geo
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  • Post #92 - March 28th, 2012, 1:58 pm
    Post #92 - March 28th, 2012, 1:58 pm Post #92 - March 28th, 2012, 1:58 pm
    I've heard that due to the early warm weather, ramps are already appearing on menus around town. Anyone seen them in stores?
  • Post #93 - March 28th, 2012, 2:53 pm
    Post #93 - March 28th, 2012, 2:53 pm Post #93 - March 28th, 2012, 2:53 pm
    I saw them at Publican Quality Meats over the weekend. I forget the price, but they were not cheap.
  • Post #94 - March 28th, 2012, 7:55 pm
    Post #94 - March 28th, 2012, 7:55 pm Post #94 - March 28th, 2012, 7:55 pm
    HI,

    According to Louisa Chu, ramps are out in the woods.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #95 - March 28th, 2012, 8:02 pm
    Post #95 - March 28th, 2012, 8:02 pm Post #95 - March 28th, 2012, 8:02 pm
    Word on the street in Rogers Park is that ramps will be available at the Glenwood Sunday Market.
  • Post #96 - March 30th, 2012, 1:02 pm
    Post #96 - March 30th, 2012, 1:02 pm Post #96 - March 30th, 2012, 1:02 pm
    Matt wrote:I saw them at Publican Quality Meats over the weekend. I forget the price, but they were not cheap.


    8 bucks for a small bunch IIRC
  • Post #97 - March 30th, 2012, 1:58 pm
    Post #97 - March 30th, 2012, 1:58 pm Post #97 - March 30th, 2012, 1:58 pm
    I had a very nicely done order of Ramps served with romesco and preserved lemon last night at Publican.
  • Post #98 - March 31st, 2012, 4:06 pm
    Post #98 - March 31st, 2012, 4:06 pm Post #98 - March 31st, 2012, 4:06 pm
    Got some today at Whole Foods on North. Not too many on display, but there may have been more in back.
  • Post #99 - April 6th, 2012, 8:42 am
    Post #99 - April 6th, 2012, 8:42 am Post #99 - April 6th, 2012, 8:42 am
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    3333 N Kimball Av
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    773-478-5566
  • Post #100 - April 19th, 2012, 10:10 am
    Post #100 - April 19th, 2012, 10:10 am Post #100 - April 19th, 2012, 10:10 am
    I was delighted to receive a nice bunch of ramps in my CSA box from Irv & Shelly this week. Planning to pickle the bulbs and pan-fry/sear the greens and put them in a grilled cheese sandwich. If you're looking for ramps, I suggest ordering from Irv & Shelly:
    http://www.freshpicks.com/
  • Post #101 - April 22nd, 2012, 9:37 am
    Post #101 - April 22nd, 2012, 9:37 am Post #101 - April 22nd, 2012, 9:37 am
    As of yesterday afternoon, Dirk's Fish had ramps (and fiddlehead ferns). I was there already, had a Groupon, and was cooking for company - - otherwise there's no way I would've bought ramps at $20/lb. Yikes!

    Given that we only needed a small amount for the dinner party, we bought just a handful. Rich blanched the leaves and blended them with duck stock, mint from the garden, and white beans for a bright green puree. He placed a small piece of milk-poached wild Alaskan halibut atop the puree.

    I took the stems and made my first quick pickle of the season. I combined Paul Virant's recipe from Preservation Kitchen with one on Serious Eats. Because I was dealing with such small quantities (about 20 ramps), I only needed a small amount of pickling liquid.

    What I did:

    > Blanched the trimmed ramps in salted boiling water for about 40 seconds, immediately followed by immersion in an ice bath.
    > In a small pot, I boiled 1/4 cup champagne vinegar, 1/4 cup water, a bit less than 1/4 cup white sugar, one bay leaf, a few pinches of kosher salt, half dozen black peppercorns, and a pinch of yellow mustard seed.
    > Placed the ramps in a pint-sized mason jar, and poured the boiling pickling liquid over the ramps. Put a lid on it.
    > One the jar cooled, I put it in the fridge. The ramps were ready to eat as soon as they'd cooled off.

    Because I had so few ramps, I thinly sliced some radishes and put them in the jar, too. Both came out great, and the jar was empty by the end of the meal. I forget how easy quick pickling is when working with small quantities.

    Ronna
  • Post #102 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:41 pm
    Post #102 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:41 pm Post #102 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:41 pm
    Any sightings this year yet of ramps for sale?

    I've seen a few restaurants offer them up on their menus, so I know they are out there.
  • Post #103 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:45 pm
    Post #103 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:45 pm Post #103 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:45 pm
    I haven't seen them for sale yet, but did have a lovely ramp toast at the Pump Room the other evening.
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  • Post #104 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:46 pm
    Post #104 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:46 pm Post #104 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:46 pm
    pacent wrote:Any sightings this year yet of ramps for sale?

    I've seen a few restaurants offer them up on their menus, so I know they are out there.


    Heinen's grocery in Barrington had lots of bunches for $4.95 ish a bunch
  • Post #105 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:53 pm
    Post #105 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:53 pm Post #105 - April 22nd, 2013, 4:53 pm
    Haven't seen any in the stores though vaguely recall seeing a few random offerings (Klug, perhaps, at Publican or PQM on Saturday?) on Twitter. But definitely hitting restaurant menus (had a ramp pizza at Reno on Friday and a delicious spaghetti with ramps, spring garlic and pecorino at Anteprima on Saturday).
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #106 - April 22nd, 2013, 6:08 pm
    Post #106 - April 22nd, 2013, 6:08 pm Post #106 - April 22nd, 2013, 6:08 pm
    Anteprima does such a killer job with spring ingredients like ramps, I gotta get back there.
  • Post #107 - April 22nd, 2013, 7:03 pm
    Post #107 - April 22nd, 2013, 7:03 pm Post #107 - April 22nd, 2013, 7:03 pm
    AlekH wrote:Anteprima does such a killer job with spring ingredients like ramps, I gotta get back there.


    Yup. My dinner on Saturday consisted of an appetizer of cuttlefish with artichokes, spring peas and favas; a half order of the spaghetti and for my main--roasted to a perfect medium rare salmon with ramp pesto, favas and leeks (I think--hard to remember and the menu has already changed). Given the opportunity, my SO would eat there every day. Can't say I disagree.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #108 - April 22nd, 2013, 10:02 pm
    Post #108 - April 22nd, 2013, 10:02 pm Post #108 - April 22nd, 2013, 10:02 pm
    Ten pounds of ramps at Barn & Co. for Wednesdays Templeton Rye Dinner 5/lbs pickling, along with garlic and asparagus for belly three way the other 5/lbs will be used with smoked pig bone risotto.

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  • Post #109 - April 23rd, 2013, 2:04 pm
    Post #109 - April 23rd, 2013, 2:04 pm Post #109 - April 23rd, 2013, 2:04 pm
    Ramp salad was part of a special at Little Goat yesterday.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

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  • Post #110 - April 24th, 2013, 3:37 pm
    Post #110 - April 24th, 2013, 3:37 pm Post #110 - April 24th, 2013, 3:37 pm
    just got a bunch in an overnight package from a friend in West Virginia. They were in a Kroger bag still moist, she bought them off someone on the side of the road. Going to make the epicurious recipe, roast chicken with ramps and potatoes for dinner.
  • Post #111 - April 28th, 2013, 8:53 pm
    Post #111 - April 28th, 2013, 8:53 pm Post #111 - April 28th, 2013, 8:53 pm
    Got some yesterday at the Whole Foods on Huron. Made delicious ramp pesto for dinner!
  • Post #112 - May 4th, 2013, 11:52 am
    Post #112 - May 4th, 2013, 11:52 am Post #112 - May 4th, 2013, 11:52 am
    Mick Klug had ramps at the Green City Market this morning. $10/lb.
  • Post #113 - May 4th, 2013, 2:37 pm
    Post #113 - May 4th, 2013, 2:37 pm Post #113 - May 4th, 2013, 2:37 pm
    I managed to acquire a slew of great looking ramps @ the market this morning. Can I transplant some to create a patch (and what are the chances that it will be successful)?
  • Post #114 - May 4th, 2013, 6:35 pm
    Post #114 - May 4th, 2013, 6:35 pm Post #114 - May 4th, 2013, 6:35 pm
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    Ramps by Mel Hill Photography, on Flickr

    shot at the the store I mentioned above
  • Post #115 - April 21st, 2015, 10:39 am
    Post #115 - April 21st, 2015, 10:39 am Post #115 - April 21st, 2015, 10:39 am
    So, is it too impossible now to find ramps easily in grocery stores? Where do I need to go to find some in town or near north suburbs? I just found out you're technically not allowed to forage for plants in Chicago Forest Preserves, so even my thoughts of going out looking for them are a bit squandered.
  • Post #116 - April 21st, 2015, 10:59 am
    Post #116 - April 21st, 2015, 10:59 am Post #116 - April 21st, 2015, 10:59 am
    Farmers/foragers sell them at certain farmers' markets in the Midwest, but I've never seen them in Chicago specifically.
  • Post #117 - April 21st, 2015, 11:11 am
    Post #117 - April 21st, 2015, 11:11 am Post #117 - April 21st, 2015, 11:11 am
    Whole Foods has them every year--I haven't been this week so no idea if they're in yet.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #118 - April 21st, 2015, 11:33 am
    Post #118 - April 21st, 2015, 11:33 am Post #118 - April 21st, 2015, 11:33 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:Whole Foods has them every year--I haven't been this week so no idea if they're in yet.


    North Ave Whole Foods had them about a week ago.
  • Post #119 - April 21st, 2015, 11:44 am
    Post #119 - April 21st, 2015, 11:44 am Post #119 - April 21st, 2015, 11:44 am
    ashland avenue whole foods had them on sunday. and the dill pickle food coop also had them this week- though i'd call there before going in, in case they're gone.
  • Post #120 - April 21st, 2015, 12:44 pm
    Post #120 - April 21st, 2015, 12:44 pm Post #120 - April 21st, 2015, 12:44 pm
    Plum Market had them over the weekend for $39/pound from Oregon. They are pre-packaged and run about $10/package. We had a coupon and Mr. pairs4life was jonesing.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening

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