It’s that time again – time for ramps, the infamously smelly wild garlic that is a cultural favorite in the Appalachian region. Ramps have a short growing season, and once it is over, people have to wait until the next spring to get their ramp fix.
Ed Cooper of Eleanor, who operates a roadside stand near the Winfield bridge on the Eleanor side, is selling these springtime delicacies. The ramps are grown in Snowshoe, and Cooper will be selling them until the season ends near the last part of April.
Cooper sells other produce at his stand besides ramps. He offers many different fruits and vegetables – such as tomatoes, squash, strawberries, oranges, corn, onions, and potatoes – which are imported from Florida. He drives to the South to pick up produce for his stand, frequently traveling to Florida, George and South Carolina. He also sells jams and jellies which were canned by his wife, Marian.
In mid to late June, Cooper will be selling local produce. He has a farm in Lincoln County, where he grows a variety of crops.
Cooper’s roadside stand is open every day of the week, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.