You may be wondering, “What is a ramp?” Well, I’m glad you asked. The ramp (also known as a wild leek or a ransom – “Allium tricoccum”) is a wild herb found throughout the northeastern U.S. that grows and flourishes in leafy mulch in hardwood forests. Now you can celebrate this herb and it’s many uses when you attend the unique Ramp Up Peninsula event being held in Peninsula, Ohio at Heritage Farms on Saturday, April 30.
A Bit More About the Ramp Known as “little stinkers” by some people in the Cuyahoga Valley, ramps offer a strong garlic and onion flavor. The leaves appear briefly in the Spring and they provide lots of minerals and vitamins to those who eat the ramp.
Taking place from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., the Ramp Up Peninsula event will take place on the grounds of Heritage Farms, a family-owned and operated farm that has been in operation for more than 160 years over five generations. The Festival features foods made with ramps, food and market vendors, guided plant identification walks, food demonstrations, information booths, artists and artisans offering demonstrations and who will have merchandise available for purchase and live local music presented on two stages all day long. And visitors will be able to purchase the mighty ramp to take home.
Visitors will be able to sample and/or buy ramp-inspired specialties including soups, salads, cheese & breads, sausage, salsa and hamburgers. The Festival will also have a wine & beer tent for adults and there will be lots of picnic tables where you can “sit a spell” and partake of some of the ramp-inspired food.
Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is limited but you can park at Boston Mill Ski Center, Woodbridge Intermediate School and downtown Peninsula where you can catch a free shuttle that will deliver you to Heritage Farms for the festival,
For more information about the Ramp Up Peninsula event, call 330-657-2788 or get online at www.explorepeninsula.com. Heritage Farms (site of the Ramp Up Peninsula event) is located at 6050 Riverview Rd. in Peninsula, Ohio. Peninsula is 26 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 33 minute drive.