Spring is finally ~actually~ here on the ridge! New little ephemerals such as marsh marigold, bloodroot, and ramps (wild leeks) are sprouting all about the ridge! Beavers were seen in the pond in the wetlands, as well as many new waterfowl. Recorded so far are trumpeter swans, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, red-breasted mergansers, buffleheads, pied-billed grebes, redheads, and shovelers.
Here is a recipe for Ramp Pesto (courtesy of Closet Cooking)! Try it yourself with the ramps you find in your neighborhood!
1/2 cup ramps (aka wild leeks), roots trimmed and roughly chopped
1/2 cup basil
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano
By Erin Baumann, Maggi Noun, Charles Pavlisich, and Meg Quirk