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Sun, May 21


Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery


Join us on Sunday morning May 21st at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for a unique experience -- foraging for fresh wild ramps with Herdie Baisden

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Time & Location

May 21, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery, W12266 King Ln, Stockholm, WI 54769, USA

About the Event

Join us on Sunday morning May 21st at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm for a unique experience -- foraging for fresh wild ramps with Herdie Baisden. Fresh wild ramps are one of the earliest  harbingers of spring, and Herdie can spot them from over 100 feet away. He's learned this from foraging for ramps for a number of years. Even before you find them, you may be captivated by their pungent smell floating up from the damp forest floor through the fresh spring air.

Ramps have a long and honored history. Even the name "Chicago" can be traced back to ramps.

What does the word "Chicago" mean? The most accepted "Chicago" meaning is a word that comes from the Algonquin language: "shikaakwa", meaning "striped skunk" or "onion". The Miami and Illinois peoples applied the same word to "onion" and "skunk" because of the pungent smell of so many wild onions and garlic.

The first known reference to Chicago as we know it today comes from the explorer Robert de LaSalle.  In his memoir of late September 1687, he writes: We arrived at the said place called "Chicagou" which,  according to what we learn of it, has taken this name because of the quantity of garlic which grows in this region."

Why hunt for smelly ramps? Because they're delicious! These wild leeks are like God's gift to the mouth!  If not that, ramps are at least a gourmand's delight. Their bold, spicy flavor is like a combination of onions and garlic -- and ramps can be a great substitute for both. Enterprising foragers are selling ramps to some of the finest restaurants in America. One of Herdie's favorites is Grilled Ramps with Sherry-Ramp Vinaigrette.

Not only do ramps taste good, they are also good for you. High in vitamins  A and C, ramps have the same  cholesterol-reducing properties as other members of the Allium family. 

Take them home and eat them right away, as these fresh delicacies are highly perishable; 

Another thing about ramps, is that their season  -- like morel mushrooms -- is extremely short. THEY ARE COMING UP NOW! Ramps emerge early in the spring just before the trees leaf out; but once the tree  canopy  emerges, the ramps begin to die back. Who knows when that will happen this year!

STEP FORWARD LOVERS OF THE ALLIUM FAMILY! These are just a few of the reasons why you need to grab the opportunity to  go foraging for ramps with Drew. His grandad might even cook up a few for you to eat after foraging "shikaakwa" !!

Check-in is at 10:45!

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