Getting Amped For Lucky Dog’s Ramps

Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 11.52.12 AMHi friends! If you’re on our produce mailing list, you’re probably aware that Ace is now offering delicious ramps–for a limited time only. First, though, you might be wondering: what are ramps? According to Eater, “A good way to define ramps might be to describe the negative space, i.e. what ramps aren’t. Ramps are not leeks, nor are they scallions, nor are they exactly shallots…[They] look like scallions, but they’re smaller and slightly more delicate, and have one or two flat, broad leaves. They taste stronger than a leek, which generally has a mild onion flavor, and are more pungently garlicky than a scallion.” Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 11.55.15 AMIf you’re still not convinced that ramps are AMAZING, there are plenty of people who are; celebrity chef Mario Batali has publicly proclaimed his love of ramps, people have gotten huge tattoos of ramps, and as food writer Josh Ozersky wrote in TIME Magazine, “The Church of the Ramp is one of the fastest-growing denominations in the religion of seasonality.”
Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 11.46.23 AMOne thing that makes ramps particularly sought after is that their short growing season means they are often hard to procure. Says Allison Bennett, Ace’s director of produce sales, “These pungent, intoxicating alliums grace us with their presence for a short time in the spring and then disappear until next year. The ones that we have in stock were foraged by the folks at Lucky Dog Farm in the Catskill mountains on their certified organic land. They’re great grilled, pureed, sautéed, or eaten raw in salads or pestos.”Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 11.43.12 AMIf you’re interested in learning more about where we get our ramps, head on over to Lucky Dog’s website. Lucky Dog Farm, located in Hamden, NY,  is a store, café, inn, and restaurant, as well as a farm boasting 160 acres of certified organic crops. Ace customer Landmarc was so taken with Lucky Dog’s ramps that they ordered 140 lbs. of them and had them pickled! Now that’s some ramp-love if we’ve ever seen it! Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 11.44.32 AMIf you want to try Lucky Dog Farm’s ramps call: (718) 784-6000 or email: orders@acenatural.com to order them today! Enjoy…

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