Category: Ramps (page 1 of 8)

Limited Quantities of Ramp Bulbs Currently Available

I have a small supply of ramp bulbs currently available. These will sell out quickly, but I hope to have more to replenish them soon. If you want to get some in the ground now, please place your order.

You can click on this link for the ramp bulb order page.

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The First Ramp Orders of 2019

Another year has passed and it is once again time to start stinking up your kitchens with the wonderful smell of cooked ramps. They are growing a little bit behind schedule this year, but that is to be expected with the cold weather lingering around as long as it has. It’s finally time though.

The photo below is the current size of the ramps. This is the best time to eat them. They’re small, potent, and with the weather still being cool, they do much better during shipping.

Early Wild Ramps

If you want ramps this size, you may order now. The first shipments will be going out on Monday the 8th. (If I get a chance, I might be able to ship out a few of the first orders this Tuesday the 2nd, but I can’t promise that due to snow being in the forecast once again.)

You can find the order page by clicking the link below.

https://wildwestvirginiaramps.com/wild-west-virginia-ramps-for-sale/

March Is Finally Here

Can you believe it? March has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more exited. As I get older, the winters seem to last longer even the though years seem to go by quicker. I am ready for spring. This winter has seemed to last exceptionally long. While we haven’t had any HUGE amounts of snow, it has been so cold for so long, and quite frankly, I’m tired of it.

Good new though! We are through the first week of March and on a downhill slope towards spring. The ramps will be popping up through the ground in a couple of weeks and that is a sure sign that spring has arrived.

In the meantime, we have plenty of ramp bulbs ready to ship out. Ramp bulbs are a great way to get a head start on growing your own ramp patch this year. So if you are as ready for spring as I am, and you are itching to be able to get outside and do something, consider starting your own ramp patch. Planting them will give you a little something to do outside while we wait on warmer weather.

yellow easter lily

Yellow Easter Lily is a digitally rendered photograph by Joan Minchak. The original artwork can be found at Fine Art America.

A Few More Ramp Bulbs Left

Hi guys!

Just a quick update to let you know that we do have a few ramp bulbs left. Once these are gone, we may not see anymore until the snow melt in February or March.

And a super big THANK YOU to all of you that sent my Grandmother a birthday card. She was anxious to get the mail everyday so she could see where the cards came from. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Ramp Bulb Order Page

Ramp Bulbs For Sale Fall – 2018

Ramp bulbs are once again for sale. We will sell them for as long as the weather permits.

Pricing and payment buttons are on the Ramp Bulbs order page.

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Only A Few Bottles Of Ramp Seasoning Left

I don’t have many bottles of ramp seasoning left and once it is gone it will be gone until late next spring. If you’ve been holding off on buying some, I would suggest you buy it now as my stock has dwindled to only a few and it won’t last long.

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ramp seasoning

Ramp Seasoning Is Available For 2018

Hi everyone. Just a quick update to let you all know that ramp seasoning is available again. I currently have a limited quantity, so first come first serve. I will continue making more as time allows.

I hope everyone is doing well!

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ramp seasoning

Learning About Ramps

I’m New To Ramps. What Are They?

Ramps are nourishing harbingers of spring, breaking through lingering snow and ice. A foraged delicacy, their leaves, stalk and bulb are edible. They are sweetish with a slight pungency. A perennial wild onion with a pungent garlic odor with leek/onion flavor, it is found in Eastern North America from South Carolina to Canada. Also known as wild leek, wood leek, spring onion, wild garlic.

The plant has broad smooth light green 10” long leaves often with a hint of deep purple or burgundy on the lower stems. It has a scallion like stalk producing a flower and the bulb measures half an inch round. Plant leaves wither as the seed stalk develops, flowering in June-July. The preferred habitat is sandy, loamy moist soil under the woodlands canopy. Growing in dense colonies they can be found near streams and under trees. (Beech, Sugar Maple, Birch, Poplar, Hickory, Oak, Linden and Buckeye).

Raw or cooked in soups, pesto, accompanying egg dishes and sauteed with seasonal foraged wild greens, morels and April’s Shad harvest. After winter months with few fresh greens available this ingredient brings forth earthy flavors and revitalizes the palate. Thoreau referred to eating ramps as a “tonic of the wilderness.”

Ramps have been embraced by the Appalachian Mountain region. West Virginia is considered the heart of ramp country, where one will find numerous festivals celebrating the harvest.

What About That Name?

In Old English, the plant (although a slightly different one, since the ramp you’re likely to run into in the U.S. is a different species of wild leek) was a hramsa, which is similar to the word in Old German (ramese), which led to similar words in all the Scandinavian languages. And in Old English, when you wanted to pluralize some words, you didn’t add -s, you added -en. That formation isn’t productive anymore (nobody’s going around talking about “laptopen” and “iPaden”), but it’s how we got words like “oxen” and “children.” So hramsa turned into hramsen, which then led to the same plant being called both “rams” and “ramson,” with a double-plural “ramsons” thrown in sometimes for good measure.

Then, just for ease of pronunciation, people started popping a “p” in there, making “ramps.” This happens sometimes (we added an “n” to “passenger” and “messenger” from the French passager and messager, just because we felt like it), and probably just came from generations of little kids deciding that “ramps” was easier to say than “rams” (next up: spaghetti-pasketti). But, like “ramson” and “ramsons” before it, somewhere along the way we forgot that “rams” was actually the singular, and started calling a lonely “ramps” a “ramp.”

Interesting! Where Can I Buy Some?

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Clump Of Ramps

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