Springtime: Minnesota Bares It All

Springtime: Minnesota Bares It All

Springtime is here. The weather warms and layers of clothing peel off like the husk from corn. The world is growing all around us after a long winter’s sleep. There’s a sense of liberation in the air, breaking free from the chains of winter to revel in the warm air and sunlight and the bountiful harvest of fresh food from the land. We are lucky to live in Minnesota. Well, you might not think so if you don’t care about food. But if you don’t care about food then you shouldn’t be here anyway. Minnesota has its pros and cons, its ups and downs, but what this state has to offer your dinner table is unparalleled. Brandon Randolph is the expert, a culinary enthusiast who works as Sous Chef at Heartland Restaurant and Wine Bar, a St. Paul establishment that has paved the way for local, sustainable, farm-raised eats for years. In his spare time he coaxes the goods from Minnesota’s fertile lands, and though a gentleman never kisses and tells, here he shares a few of his secrets. On a sunny spring Thursday after a long Minnesota winter is perfect day to head out in search of ramps. That beautiful, black soil (black = rich and fertile) where the ramps grow is waiting. But, due to the lack of snowfall this year, there is a bit of a drought in Minnesota and its pretty dry day. The the soil is dry; the ramps are a little brittle, when normally they would be tender and supple. It feels as though these are already nearing the end of their lives....