We went to dig the last of them today. Dug about 2500 and planted the bigger tougher on our farm in Clay county. Will be enjoying soup beans with ramps and fried taters with ramps for another year. The smell is something my friends will have to get used to!!!
I used tolive in Oconto County and never saw a ramp but buckets of Morels. I think ramps only grow in the smoky mountains or Adirondacks. They are a cross between an onion and Garlic and are delicious. I can take a picture and send it to you over the phone as I do not have any idea how to do pictures on here.
Ramps can and do grow in a lot of areas, just most people don't really know what they are looking for. I have enough growing around the property here that I couldn't possibly dig them all. I have 6 different areas I dig from and will rotate these areas so I don't over harvest. I have seen them as far west as western Illinois and don't see much reason they wouldn't grow further west. The link below shows a patch hunt4it took a picture of, I believe he is in Wisconsin.
Picked some leeks (ramps) the other day. My grandson is a chef. He made soup with leeks, potatoes ,several spices and his home made sausage , sliced in. I wasn't there to try it. Apparently it hit the spot, big time. Now I will have to pick some more. Our black flies are very bad in the bush. Will have to be Quick. old243
The leeks are almost ready , in my hardwood bush, was back today. I'll give them another week before I dig some. Black flies are just starting to bite. The trilliums are in full bloom, can be very pretty. They are the Ontario floral emblem. old243