After being unavailable for two years, ramps are back on the menu!
The order page is currently active and accepting orders. I will ship on a first come, first serve basis. I don’t know how many I will be able to ship, or how long I will be shipping. The weather has been all over the place for the past three weeks with temperatures in the 70s midweek and back to snowing on the weekends. Fingers crossed that this weather pattern quickly changes to nicer weekends so I can get some of these highly sought after Appalachian jewels shipped out to your door.
We’ve been in the midst of a cold snap here in the mountains of West Virginia since January the 6th. I wanted to sell ramp bulbs all through January and February of this year, but the ground was frozen for a long time making it very difficult to dig them. It was a little warmer last week and I was able to go out and get a few. I have those for sale now and if the weather forecast is correct, I should be able to keep them coming. If not, I will sell these and await another thaw.
If you stopped by any time within the last 10 days with the intentions of ordering ramp bulbs, you likely saw my banner that orders were closed while I worked through all of the orders that I had received the week prior. I have finished working through those now, and the order form is active again. This will probably be the last batch of ramp bulbs in 2021.
That evening chill is here once again in the mountains of West Virginia. The tree frogs have gone silent, the squirrels are scavenging nuts all day long, and the whitetail deer are chasing each other from dusk till dawn. A sure sign that Fall has arrived.
Fall is an excellent time to plant ramp bulbs. You can get them in the ground before the ground freezes and they will lay dormant until the longer days and warmer sun in the spring wakes them up.
Greetings everyone. I hope this message finds you all happy and in good health. It feels like it has been forever since I last messaged you, but it’s only been a few months.
I wanted to get a little bit of a head start on shipping ramp bulbs this year since I had a late start last year. This early in the season, the bulbs are still swollen from the summer months. If you’ve ever wanted to try pickled ramp bulbs or canned ramp bulbs, the best time to process them is now, when they are large. If you don’t want to pickle or can them, you can go ahead and get them planted now before your ground freezes. Once they are a couple of inches in the ground, they will survive any harsh winter mother nature can throw at them and pop right out of the ground next spring. Or, you can just clean them and cook them. There are plenty of options when it comes to late summer and early fall ramp bulbs.
As the spring of 2021 draws near, I can’t help but be reminded of this time last year, when everything was suddenly shut down, toilet paper was scarce, and millions of people were wondering what was going to happen to them. It was a difficult time for most people.
I made a tough decision to not ship ramps last year due to the problems that USPS was having getting packages delivered on time. As we all know, once ramps begin to leaf out, they are quite fragile after being harvested. A couple of days in the mail is all they can withstand before they start to wilt and rot. With USPS experiencing (sometimes quite lengthy) delays in package delivering, it was the choice that had to be made. Ramp bulbs, on the other hand, are quite hardy and do very well during shipping, even when they are delayed.
So here we are, knocking on the door of spring ramp season once again. The postal service has gotten better and delivering packages within their two day priority mail window, but they still haven’t got back to where they were in pre-pandemic times. Unfortunately for all of us, a tough decision has once again been made to not ship spring ramps this year. I do have an alternative to offer you this time, even though I understand it’s not ideal for everyone.
I have ramp bulbs that are ready to be planted. You can plant them directly in the ground, plant them in pots, in some totes filled with dirt, flower beds, or anywhere else you can think of. If your not planning on creating a long term patch and you just want some spring ramps, you can plant them just about anywhere you like and harvest them as soon as they start to leaf out or after the leaves get large. They grow very quickly. I’ve even grown them in my house (in flower pots of course) so I could have a skillet full before anyone else did. You will be able to have the ultimate fresh ramp experience by digging them up, cleaning them, and eating them the same day.
I hope that everything is back to normal next spring, and I can continue to supply you with freshly dug ramps. Until then, my ramp bulbs are available here: Buy Ramp Bulbs
I’m sure all of you that are reading this are aware that West Virginia is well known for it’s spring ramps. However, there are a few other foods that were made popular in West Virginia. At least, that’s what I’ve heard for most of my life.
The classic pepperoni roll consists of a fairly soft white yeast bread roll with pepperoni baked in the middle. During baking, the fats in the pepperoni (which are hard at room temperature) melt, resulting in a spicy oil suffusing into the bread. Pepperoni rolls are typically eaten as a snack or as the main dish of a lunch either unheated or slightly warmed.
The pepperoni roll was first sold by Giuseppe “Joseph” Argiro at the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont, West Virginia, in 1927. The rolls originated as a lunch option for the coal miners of north-central West Virginia in the first half of the 20th century. Pepperoni rolls do not need to be refrigerated for storage and could readily be packed for lunch by miners. Pepperoni and other Italian foods became popular in north-central West Virginia in the early 20th century, when the booming mines and railroads attracted many immigrants from Italy.
Hot Dogs with Slaw
The perfect West Virginia hot dog is an exercise in balance. Compared to eastern North Carolina’s bright-red dog or the Chicago-style Vienna Beef, a West Virginia hot dog relies less on the sausage and more on the interplay of chili, yellow mustard, chopped onions, and cool, sweet coleslaw.
What food is your state best known for? Leave a comment below!
Just a quick message to let you know that we have plenty of ramp bulbs available once again. If you have been on the fence about buying some, now is a great time to get them. The weather has been great and you still have plenty of time to get the bulbs in the ground before it freezes. Once the ground freezes it becomes a little more difficult, but not impossible, to get the bulbs planted.