Foraging for Ramps in the Catskills

My friend Ansell, whose house I stayed at this weekend in the Catskills, asked us (Erin the other guest and I) if we wanted to go foraging for Ramps at this place he knew.  He wasn’t sure if there would be any left, as the season had started so early this year because of the warm weather, but if we were game we could try.  Just the possibility of finding Ramps was worth the 20 minute walk into the woods – so off we went!

Lions and Tigers and Bears….oh My!  Deep into the forest we went.  There wasn’t even a path so we had to break branches and get our shoes muddy as we got further away from the road.

At about the 20 minute mark we came up a clearing, and there on a muddy east facing bank of the stream was our Ramp mother load.

Here is Erin doing her joyous Ramp Dance.

I’d say we dug up about 3 or 4 pounds of Ramps and then went down to the stream to clean them up before the trip home.

No ramp foraging expedition would be complete without a trusty Ramp hound to keep us safe and provide company on the arduous journey into the wilds of New Kingston

Expedition leader and forager extraordinaire my friend Ansell:

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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2 Responses to Foraging for Ramps in the Catskills

  1. dbenyc123 says:

    I’m sorry, what? You in the wilderness? Does this mark a turning point? Will you now be accepting other invitations to the Catskills? Or is it just ME you’ve been trying to avoid? 😉 Here’s a link to an event I’m attending tomorrow, which may appeal to your readers, particularly the mushroom foraging lecture at 11:00.

  2. Tim says:

    You’re not supposed to take the bulbs. The ramps you picked will never come back.

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