Ramps are about to become an endangered species:
The 3rd Annual Ramp Fest is happening Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 12 – 4pm. Chefs from Hudson, the Hudson Valley and NYC will participate by making all sorts of lovely tastes featuring ramps. Don’t be crazy and show up at 3pm – you will not eat. I am devastated that I will be out-of-town that day. Since at the previous two fests I seemed to try everything at least twice, that means that there is more food for you.
I will have to do my own foraging. I once thought I had found *a* ramp under a tree in our yard – but I am quite sure that whatever I found was not edible. We can usually find ramps at the Hudson Farmers’ Market, but they’re not out yet (it’s too cold). However, I consistently find dandelion greens in my ever-so-organic lawn (meaning, I don’t do anything more than mow it). Last year I tossed dandelion greens with a simple vinaigrette and it made a great crostini.
This year I think I may try a dandelion soup with chives from a recipe I found on Chefs Consortium – it looks lovely and sophisticated. Once I uncover my garden from its lasagna garden layering and let the sun shine through, I will surely have purslane and that often makes a nice little side salad.
The anticipation that accompanies Spring is sometimes overwhelming, no?