Today I made it out to one of my many local famers markets for the first time this spring. While there isn’t a ton of stuff in season yet I was on a mission for one thing: ramps. Up until this year I had missed the boat on the wonders of ramps, but I was introduced to them at work — Go Sunny and her tasty banchan!
For those of you that are also in the dark about ramps, they are a cousin of the leak that have a garlicky/oniony tasty. So pretty much it can’t get much better. The only problem is they are only available for a few weeks, so you have to jump on them if you want to enjoy what they have to offer — and be willing to pay a pretty penny for them. I got one bunch at my farmers market and spent $5, as in $16/pound. I don’t think I have ever spent that much on produce or meat, but it was oh so worth it.
For my first attempt at cooking them I went simple. I did a simple sauté with butter, salt, pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes. To quote my boyfriend (who I could tell was skeptical of them at first): “I could eat ramps all day!” The flavor was like nothing I had ever had before, but very tasty. I will definitely be savoring what I have left, not knowing if I will be able to get any more this season.
If my first farmers market venture of the season is an indication of how the rest of the spring/summer will go, I can’t wait! Here’s to buying local and fresh produce!