This is the last chance to buy ramp bulbs until next spring. I was able to get out and get quite a few today. If you want to plant ramp bulbs for a simple spring harvest, you need to get them now. When these are gone, I won’t have anymore for a while.
It’s official. Fall has arrived in dramatic fashion. The leaves are quickly changing into vibrant colors of yellow, orange, and red. High School football games are in full swing and it’s homecoming for a lot of them. Homecoming parades, games, and dances have likely consumed the time from a lot of families this weekend.
While I was in the deer blind with my son this morning (today is the first day of bowhunting season here in WV) we watched thousands of leaves fall off the branches and hit the ground in seemingly endless supply. We didn’t get a deer this morning, but it was nice to be out in the quiet calm of the woods for an extended time.
Over the past couple of days, we restocked our ramp bulb levels and have a large quantity to sell once again. So if you missed out on the last batch, make sure you get some now. These bulbs are fat and gorgeous, perfect for making some caramelized ramp bulbs, pickled ramps bulbs, or just about any other dish you want to make with them. Of course they can just as easily be planted right now so you will have your own ramp greens ready to harvest in the spring.
As more and more leaves come off the trees, the bulbs get harder to find so there is no guarantee that I will have more at a later date. Although I certainly hope that I do.
Cool fall weather is quickly approaching. We are supposed to have a few nights down in the 40’s this week. That will be a refreshing feeling compared to the hot and humid weather we have had the past month. I’m not looking forward to winter at all, but I do love fall. Are you still enduring the scorching heat where you are located? I know some of you have had some extreme temperatures over the past couple of months.
Have you heard about the newest National Park located right here in West Virginia? New River Gorge National Park. I grew up beating, banging, and stomping around in the New River, Gauley River, and they’re tributaries. It’s kind of amazing that the New River Gorge is now a national park. We also have a new state park, the first new state park in over 30 years – Summersville Lake. A major attraction for boating, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing. I kind of feel like my little places that were hidden away from the world are slowly but surely getting more and more national attention.
I have new freshly dug ramp bulbs ready to go out the door. If you have been waiting to order some, now is as good a time as any!
Trim the root ends off of the ramps and rinse the ramps well under cool, running water.
Bring a 2-3 quart pot of water up to boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt.
Drop in the ramps and cook for 2-4 minutes, depending on size) They should be tender but not mushy. Remove and shock them in ice water until cool. Drain the ramps well and place them in a the jar you’re going to pickle them in.
In a saucepan, combine the vinegar, salt, sugar, and water and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaf and all the spices. Turn off the heat.
Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the ramps in the mason jar and let cool on the counter (30 minutes or so). Then seal tightly and transfer to the refrigerator. They’ll be ready to eat in a day or two.
The refrigerated pickled ramps will last a few weeks to a couple of months
Hello everyone. I hope you are all enjoying your summer. It’s been a mild summer here in the mountains for the most part. We’ve had very few days in the 80’s at my house and no days in the 90’s. It’s been pretty great.
I did get a bit of an early start on the ramp bulbs compared to last year, and I have a few that are ready to go. The bulbs are large and plump right now, just right for canning, pickling, eating, or planting for a harvest next year.
Hello again everyone. I’ve got another update that I would like to tell everyone about. I once again have a good stock of ramp bulbs due to the nice weather we had last week. The second thing I want to tell you all about is that I have decided not to sell ramps during the spring. I tried to do it last year (for the first time in two years) and I simply couldn’t keep up with the demand. Therefore, if you want ramps with green tops on them, I highly suggest that you buy some bulbs and plant them now. They have already went through the freeze this year, so if you put them in some dirt, they will pop right up. You can plant them in the ground or put them in some flower pots. Just give them a little bit of water and some sunlight to grow them out and harvest your own fresh ramps as soon as you are ready for them. I hope to always be able to sell you guys the bulbs to grow yourself some “instant ramps”, but ramps with greens on them are a whole different beast to deal with.
I thank each and every one of you for your continued patronage over the years.
I just wanted to send a quick email to let everyone know that ramp bulbs are back in stock while the weather is nice and the ground is not frozen. Now is an excellent time to plant ramp bulbs so you will have your very own patch as soon as spring arrives!