What Food is Your State Known For?

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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.

Pepperoni Rolls

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!

Warm weather means that it’s a great time to plant ramp bulbs.

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.

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Ramp Bulbs Are Shipping For 2020

Hello everyone. I hope that you all are doing well. What a ride 2020 has been huh? I’ve had better years for sure. Hopefully it only gets better from here on out. Do you think that is just wishful thinking? 

Enough of that nonsense.

It’s ramp bulb time! I have a supply of ramp bulbs that is ready to ship out. Now is the time to plant them if you want to grow some spring ramps. Just put them in the ground now and wait for them to grow. 

Ramp Seasoning 2020

I would like to start off with an apology. I know how many of you look forward to ramp season every year, and I am disappointed that I was not able to serve you this time. This is the first year in twelve consecutive years that I did not sell spring ramps. As a small business owner, it was heartbreaking, but I am starting to get everything moving again. I will say that most of us in West Virginia have been lucky, compared to what we see happening in our neighboring states. So far, my family is doing well. I appreciate all of your concerns.

Since I wasn’t able to provide spring ramps this year, I want to be able to supply you with all of the ramp seasoning that you desire. I’ve got a good start on it already, I’m just waiting for a few more supplies before I can move it out the door. Pre-order is currently available and I expect the first shipments to start going out mid June. The website is active so you can log on to buy your seasoning whenever you wish.

I hope you guys are doing well, no matter where you are.

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