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    Gathered up a big mess of ramps/wild leeks this weekend. Anybody eating any morels, ramps, fiddleheads?

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    The boy picked some leeks last week in his Sustainable Ag class, so we've been enjoying those. Actually just had them for dinner in some potato soup. Good stuff.

    You ever pickle them Matt? We haven't but I'd like to try sometime.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
      The boy picked some leeks last week in his Sustainable Ag class, so we've been enjoying those. Actually just had them for dinner in some potato soup. Good stuff.

      You ever pickle them Matt? We haven't but I'd like to try sometime.
      I've thought about pickling them but haven't tried it. Sounds like they'd be great. I never seem to get all I want before they're done for the year -- I get that "abundance mania" that Heavey wrote about in one of his stories. This year I am going to gather a good amount for freezing. I'm trying not to over-harvest the patches on our own land so I think I'll hit the state land for that. So far as I know, there's no regulations about leeks -- not that I'll go too crazy up there, either.

      I've done the potato-leek soup, too, and agree, good stuff. Also did a panfish-leek chowder one time with crappies and a few pumpkinseeds. That came out great. Lately I've just been steaming them whole, eating them with a little butter like I'd do with spinach or green beans on the side. I can't believe I used to just chop the green part and toss it.
      Last edited by MattM37; 04-30-2019, 12:49 PM.

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        We don’t have any on our hill, but there’s a spot that might hold them if I transplant some. I run into the same thing, too much going on and by the time I think to find some they’re done. I need to get the boy after it, he would benifit in the long run anyway.

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        • #5
          Getting a bunch of morels. Seems to be a good wet year for them so far. Don’t go for leeks. Missed my Watercress season should have been out last month for it. It’s already to tall with flowers on it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Solitario Lupo View Post
            Getting a bunch of morels. Seems to be a good wet year for them so far. Don’t go for leeks. Missed my Watercress season should have been out last month for it. It’s already to tall with flowers on it.
            This is my first year seriously looking for morels. I don't think we've had the right mix of warmth and wetness yet -- we've had a few random warm days, but they were pretty dry and sunny, and we keep lapsing back into freezing or near-freezing temps.

            My reading tells me that they are often found at the base of apple or birch trees. Where do you typically find them?

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            • #7
              As soon as it warms up enough with a little bit of rain the night before they’ll come up. I find them in feilds with a couple trees around. Can’t say if there birch trees or not. Apple trees are a good area to search around. Look for your older trees. Ones that are losing a lot of branches. Once you find them then you’ll know where to start. Your not looking exactly at the base of the tree but around the area. They can come up and be tiny. Meaning like a little pinky finger coming up so look good.

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                Originally posted by Solitario Lupo View Post
                As soon as it warms up enough with a little bit of rain the night before they’ll come up. I find them in feilds with a couple trees around. Can’t say if there birch trees or not. Apple trees are a good area to search around. Look for your older trees. Ones that are losing a lot of branches. Once you find them then you’ll know where to start. Your not looking exactly at the base of the tree but around the area. They can come up and be tiny. Meaning like a little pinky finger coming up so look good.
                I appreciate the tips.

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