Church to hold ramp dinner

COLLIERS – Spring is here and lovers of ramps know that’s the time to harvest the wild onion.

It’s also time for Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church’s annual Ramp Festival, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 26.

Visitors to the church, which is at the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads, will find ramps served with ham, bacon, potatoes, beans or cornbread; and on sausage sandwiches or hot dogs.

Plain hot dogs also will be available for those who aren’t adventurous, and a variety of deserts will be available.

Darcy Riggs, who coordinates the event with the help of many church members, encourages everyone to try the ramp dishes.

Riggs admitted she “avoided ramps for a long time because they had such a bad reputation among kids I grew up with. But when they’re cooked, they have a slightly sweet taste. They’re still peppery and garlicky, but they’re not as harsh when cooked.”

Riggs said she has used ramps in a variety of dishes, often as a substitute for garlic, including spaghetti, potato soup and a grilled flatbed pizza.

She noted ramps are a staple in Appalachian cooking and are known as wild leeks in Pennsylvania.

Visitors can partake of the meal at the church or order it to go. Take-out orders may be made that day by calling (304) 527-4747.