26 Apr '11, 6pm

Ramps: When is Local not Kosher?: This spring more than a million plants of wild leek or ramps will be harvested...

This spring more than a million plants of wild leek or ramps will be harvested and consumed by individuals, ramp festivals, and especially the culinary industry. Ramps are one of the first harbingers of spring in the forest and for wild food enthusiasts a special treat. Recent demand and consumption of ramps has increased dramatically due to their new culinary cache creating threats to plant populations and disturbance to the forests in which they reside. Ramps (Allium tricoccum and A.tricoccum var. burdickii) are members of the allium or onion family. These two species grow in the rich mesic woods in the eastern half of the United States from Canada and New England to Minnesota, Michigan, south to Missouri, and east to Tennessee and North Carolina and occasionally as far south as the mountains of Georgia. These woodland habitats tend to be populated by other fragile sprin...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23093.cfm

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Fresh and Local Spring Recipes #yum #local

Fresh and Local Spring Recipes #yum #local

motherearthnews.com 30 Apr '11, 1am

Most of the foods below are likely to be in season during April or May in many parts of the United States. You should be a...

How to Start a Family Vegetable Garden this Spring

How to Start a Family Vegetable Garden this Spring

inhabitots.com 26 Apr '11, 1pm

To ensure your garden is successful and your plants thrive, you’ll want to choose the right seeds for your location. Lucki...