Ramps Action Alert: The Sustainable Stand

| 4/4/2011 5:09:43 PM

Action Alert  

Ramps or wild leeks, native of  rich woodlands in the eastern US are becoming vulnerable  to over harvesting, especially due to increased demand by the culinary trade.  In 2011 it is estimated at least 2 million plants will be harvested. 

You may see them offered for sale in specialty food stores, health food stores, farm stores, farmer’s markets, on the internet and on restaurant menus. Recommendations are not to purchase whole plants and bulbs.

 In recent years: 

Large Increase in media attention has brought unprecedented demand upon this plant especially in the culinary industry

Increase in  commercial and individual harvesting activities

kelly nichols
4/8/2011 7:31:50 PM

So sad that people have to over-do everything! We have ramps that haven't been touched in 50 years (if that!). Supply and demand is not always a good thing!