Grilled Ramps with Asparagus

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch (about 20) ramps
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Trim and discard the root hairs from ramps. Trim tough ends from asparagus.

  2. Place ramps and asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

  3. Arrange ramps and asparagus on the hot grill in a single layer. Grill until hot and grill marks appear, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to platter, and serve hot or at room temperature.

    Grill ramps quickly to make the most of their wild, earthy flavor.

Late Summer / Early Fall Ramp Update

Greetings fellow ramps connoisseurs. I hope this email finds you all Happy and Healthy as we close in on another Autumn. For our friends that were affected by the major hurricane in Texas, and the ones that are currently being affected in Florida, our hearts go out to you guys. I can’t fathom the hurt and devastation that many of you are currently facing.

As for us here are Wild WV Ramps, we plan on starting to sell Fall ramp bulbs the middle of this month (Sept. 2017). Please stay tuned to the ramp website. When the bulbs go up for sale, the payment buttons will appear on the Ramp Bulbs order page.

Ramps Are Now Shipping For 2017

It’s that time of year again folks. The ramps are starting to pop up through the ground!

Please note that these first week ramps will be the smaller yet stronger variety. They still do not have a large amount of green on them, but it is at this stage they are at their tastiest (according to the locals- myself included). The smaller ramps look like this. Some have more green, some have less green, but they are full of flavor. This is the size that most locals prefer to eat them. This is when they are most tender.

If you prefer the larger leafier ramps, you will have to wait another week or two to place your order. If you want the large ramps, please do not order now. or your ramps may be smaller than you expected.

If you like the smaller more pungent plants, please feel free to order now.

The order page with qty and pricing information is located here:  Wild West Virginia Ramps For Sale!

It’s Almost Time To Start Shipping Ramps

Hi Everyone.

The ramps seem to be growing a little bit slower this year. By this time last year, we had already processed the first weeks shipment. But fear not! I feel quite strongly that I should be able to start taking ramp orders by 3/27. That means that the first plants of the year should be shipping out on 4/3. Fingers crossed!

HELLO SPRING!

Do You Know The Whole Story Behind WV’s State Food?

(IT’S NOT RAMPS!)

West Virginia’s state food may be simple, but its story sure isn’t.

Pepperoni rolls are elegantly simple, but uniquely West Virginian: country roll dough filled with sticks or slices of pepperoni. The treat has deep roots in the coal industry (much like our state itself.)

You can trace it back to North-Central West Virginia, when Italian immigrants came to work in the coal mines. Miners would work long hours, and they needed a filling, simple lunch they could take with them into the mines.

The first pepperoni rolls were probably created by miners’ wives, but they were first commercially produced around 1927. When Giuseppe Argiro, who emigrated from Calabria, Italy, to work in a Clarksburg-area coal mine, opened a bakery in Fairmont, he remembered his coal miner friends would eat a stick of salami or pepperoni in one hand and a piece of bread in the other.

So he had an idea: why not combine the 2?

wv pepperoni rolls

What he created was the pepperoni roll, a portable, shelf-stable snack that allowed miners to eat with one hand, drink water with the other, then continue back to work quickly. He experimented with his new snack— trying different bread dough recipes, various kinds of pepperoni and changing up the proportions.

The pepperoni roll was a hit. It sold by the dozen at the bakery for about 45 cents each. Other bakeries followed Giuseppe’s lead. Tomaro’s Bakery, the oldest Italian bakery in the state and just a few miles away in Clarksburg, developed their version of the pepperoni roll around the same time. A handful of others followed in line, which helped cement the pepperoni roll in West Virginia’s food culture.

Giuseppe’s original bakery, Country Club Bakery, is still in operation today, still baking up its staple pepperoni roll recipe fresh every day. You can try the original, and also explore all the flavorful variations right there in the snack’s homeland.

The original pepperoni roll was just a few sticks of spicy pepperoni in a fluffy roll, but other bakeries put their own spin on it, like sliced or even ground pepperoni. Some added cheese, sauce or peppers. You can even get mini versions!

North-Central West Virginia bakeries like D’Annunzio’s Italian Bread, Abruzzino’s Italian Bakery, Chico Bakery (Home of Julia’s Pepperoni Rolls), Colasessano’s World Famous Pizza & Pepperoni Buns, Rogers and Mazza’s Italian Bakery (Marty’s), and Home Industry Bakery all have their own unique takes on the treat.

Even donut shops like The Donut Shop in Buckhannon and JR’s Donut Castle in Parkersburg have added the savory snack to their sweet lineup.

But you can find pepperoni rolls almost anywhere throughout the state. For quick snacks, they’re in nearly every convenience store and gas station.

However you choose to eat your pepperoni roll, you’ve gotta try this unique Mountain State treat next time you’re exploring West Virginia.

In the meantime, you can purchase Ramp Bulbs or Ramp Plants.