Archive for April, 2011


Posted in fiddle heads, musrooms, ramps, Spring, Uncategorized with tags , on April 28, 2011 by Chris Amendola

After what I think was the longest winter of my life, spring has finally arrived. This is one of my favorite times of the year, the product is amazing.

A couple days ago, I went foraging for ramps. I found an entire side of a mountain covered with them, I’ve never seen so many ramps in one place in my life.  I believe in foraging sustainably to ensure a future harvest so we just picked some here and there from patches. With a little help, we collected about 40lbs and didn’t even put a dent in the field.

I’m preserving some of the ramps to add to our pantry for next fall/winter. They will make a nice addition to our winter menu.

One of our farmers stopped by this morning and brought us these fiddle heads that he had picked a just few hours earlier. They are one of my personal spring favorites.

When I was out looking for ramps, I came across these witches butter mushrooms. They are some of the coolest mushrooms I have ever seen. There were only a few, so I decided not to pick them. Hopefully, next time I go out they will have multiplied enough for me to harvest.



Posted in cured ham with tags on April 13, 2011 by Chris Amendola

After 9 months of checking on the hams every few weeks and waiting patiently, we finally decided to break into the first one we started curing back in August.

I wish cameras could take pictures with smell, the sweet buttery smell of country ham was amazing. This one came out better than I was ever expecting. Our first attempt at curing a ham tasted like a little slice of heaven.

House cured country ham served with smoked honey and buttermilk biscuits.

We made stock out of the ham bone. I wish one of my farmers had collard greens so we could cook collards and beans in this liquid gold.