The main group which has promulgated the current harvesting of ramps is the culinary community, and I ask them to consider the consequences of their appetites and cease the promotion and sale of wild leeks this Spring 2011. Further I would ask chefs, food purveyors, food writers and bloggers who have recently heavily . . . → Read More: Ramps: When is local not Kosher? Part 4
In the Province of Quebec Canada ramps are considered a vulnerable plant, and commercial harvesting of them was made illegal after negative results from field studies. According to the regulations “No human intervention….may operate to destroy the fundamental nature of a wild population or of a specimen of a wild population.” The law . . . → Read More: Ramps: When is Local Not Kosher? Part 3
Today botanists are expressing concern at both the manner and current rate of harvest of ramps.
Until recently wild leeks were generally harvested only by two groups. In the southeast especially there is a long history of wild plant foragers who have been harvesting for ramp festivals, roadside sales, and personal consumption. They . . . → Read More: Ramps: When is Local Not Kosher? Part 2
This spring more than two 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 . . . → Read More: Ramps: When is Local Not Kosher? Pt I
This year well over 2 million plants of ramps will be harvested for culinary purposes. My first encounter with ramps took place when I was 19 on a preserve in Connecticut where I was conducting a vegetation inventory for a summer internship with the Nature Conservancy. For a couple of weeks I tramped . . . → Read More: The sustainability of harvesting ramps
Ramps or wild leeks, native of rich woodlands in the eastern US are becoming vulnerable to over harvesting, especially due to increased demand by the culinary trade.
Here is a quick summary of the current pressures harvestors are placing on wild ramps and some alternatives to destroying whole plants. While not quite a . . . → Read More: Ramps: (Wild Leeks) Action Alert about Overharvesting 2011
The New York Times March 24 article on seeds (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/garden/24seeds.html) appeared to me to be vaguely objective, yet it was perhaps preloaded with some non-objective aims and means. Ultimately the article leaves you hanging with no real conclusion with bits and pieces of objectivity, lots of positional viewpoints including [apparently?] the author’s. Which made . . . → Read More: New York Times: Heirloom Seeds or Flinty Hybrids? Really?
Maybe you can't say that anything with sugar in it is healthy–and if you are going to treat yourself here's an easy and healthier way.
These are very simple chocolate truffles, delectably rich, and bittersweet. They truffle base is quite easy to make and keeps refrigerated for weeks. . . . → Read More: Chocolate Truffles: Healthy and Easy
Let’s be clear. I love heirloom tomatoes.
I may raise the hackles of some heirloom seed purveyors by telling you that there is a great deal of misrepresentation out there in the heirloom tomato world.
Not everything called an heirloom tomato is an heirloom tomato. . . . → Read More: Heirloom Tomatoes: Are They Really Heirloom?
So far this year winter in New England has made its presence felt. It’s been incredibly beautiful with early morning ethereal frozen mists backlit by cool pastel light , hoar frost glazing every limb and stalk, and a light snow cover creating an ever changing landscape mosaic.
. . . → Read More: Season extending for winter greens, hardy kales, and the December report