It's almost time for ramps to start popping up in the forests nearby and on social media everywhere. We love these sweet, aromatic, wild, and nutritious relatives of garlic. Here are some facts and tips to help ramp populations keep growing and smelling strong for generations to come. You dig?
“There is no official record keeping or data collection to determine how many ramp plants are harvested each year, but estimates suggest it would take at least 2 million plants annually to meet current market demand, and that figure could be very low. There are very few established ramp growers in the U.S., and nearly all of the current demand is being supplied from wild populations.” —United Plant Savers
Help Prevent Over-Harvest
Come to the Wildflower Festival to learn more about ramps and other treasures in our forest. Celebrate spring in the forest with the Ramp 5K, ramp pizza, a native plant sale, forest farming workshop, live music, and fun for all ages. April 13, 2019 10am-2pm
Susannah Gebhart Ramps: A Sustainable Harvest. AppalachianFoodStoryBank.org March 2015
United Plants Savers Watch List: Ramps May, 2016 UnitedPlantSavers.org
USDA Forest Service www.srs.fs.usda.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/2003/nr_2003-06-20-ramps