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July 13, 2014
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Take a walk on the wild side

Ramps are wild leeks, distant cousins of asparagus. They are harvested by foraging in the wild and cannot be cultivated, although they can be transplanted into appropriate soil and shade conditions.
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Doing my best to sound like an investigative journalist, I soldiered on. “The plant doesn’t look all that impressive,” I suggested. “What’s so special about it?” McGlashan laughed, nodding her head. “I think the best part about them is that they’re incredibly flavorful and can be used in a variety of ways.” North Branch resident Wendee Greene chimed in, declaring that ramps are “a harbinger of spring,” before Maria Grimaldi waved me over. “I think it’s important to note that Ramps Fest gives us an appreciation of the wonderful things that nature provides,” she shared. “We need to raise awareness of that, and the need to conserve and protect our environment.” With that I set out to peruse the vendors and their ramps-laden treasures before the recipe contest began.