Now that ramp season is behind us, I find myself with a lot of time to read. Here are the latest two books that I read and I wanted to share them with you. I really enjoyed reading these books and I feel that you will enjoy them also.
The first one is Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests.
And the second one is The Art of Cooking Morels.
I highly recommend these books! I have thoroughly enjoyed them.
Farming the Woods covers in detail how to cultivate, harvest, and market high-value non-timber forest crops such as American ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, fruit and nut trees, ornamental ferns, and more. Comprehensive information is also offered on historical perspectives of forest farming; mimicking the forest in a changing climate; cultivation of medicinal crops; creating a forest nursery; harvesting and utilizing wood products; the role of animals in the forest farm; and how to design and manage your forest farm once it’s set up. This book is a must-read for farmers and gardeners interested in incorporating aspects of agroforestry, permaculture, forest gardening, and sustainable woodlot management into the concept of a whole-farm organism.
Morels have captured the imagination of America’s cooks: more than any other mushroom, they entice chefs to forage in the wilderness each spring, attempting to find the treasured, honeycombed fungus in its hiding places in the wild. In The Art of Cooking Morels , Ruth Mossok Johnston brings together more than 80 recipes for this delicacy, suitable for cooking with fresh mushrooms in season or dried year-round. The recipes, accompanied by stunning full-color illustrations, offer options for appetizers, soups, entrées, and side dishes from simple and elegant to exotic and sophisticated, and always mindful of highlighting the delicate morel. Johnston’s recipes are heart healthy, inventive, and delicious. The author also includes instructions for handling, storing, and preserving morels.
If you have been holding off purchasing ramps, you should get your orders placed now. 4/25 will be our last ship date for this year.
Freshly Harvested Ramps
A couple of quick updates.
The weekend weather patterns have really wreaked havoc on us trying to dig ramps this year. I think that we have finally made the turn and I can see greener pastures coming up. Also, all orders that have been placed up through today are now packaged and will be placed in the mail tomorrow morning, so we are caught up again. This weekend weather looks like great ramp digging weather and I am looking forward to it for sure!
That being said I am hoping to be able to ship for at least two more weeks. The warm weather will get things moving very quickly now and before we know it, ramps season will be over for another year.
You can order your ramps here.
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