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‘Ramp’ing up Tradition

Mary Cooper serves up a plate full of ramps during the annual ramp dinner Saturday at the Proctorville VFW 6878.

Mary Cooper serves up a plate full of ramps during the annual ramp dinner Saturday at the Proctorville VFW 6878.

Proctorville VFW 6878 continues annual fundraiser

ROME TOWNSHIP –– Ramp dinners were flying out of the VFW 6878 post home kitchen Saturday for the annual ramp dinner hosted by the VFW.

“People come from everywhere for this ramp dinner, all over the Tri-State and even from around Columbus,” Jane Napier, president of the post’s auxiliary, said. “They get dug on Thursday, cleaned on Friday and fried up for the dinner on Saturday.”

The post’s auxiliary cooks the dinners for the event.

Guests had their choice of brown or white beans, plain ramps, ramps fried with potatoes or plain potatoes, regular cornbread or Mexican cornbread, coleslaw, a beverage and their choice of dessert.

“We have a secret location where they grow and we pick them,” VFW 6878 trustee Earl Jones, who helped dig the ramps up on Thursday, said. “They grow well in a rich, cool, shaded area and are one of the first things that come up in the spring.”

Jones said it took a little over four and a half hours to dig up the ramps and a total of 35-40 grocery bags full of ramps filling the back of a pickup truck were brought back. Bags of raw ramps were also available for purchase.

“A lot of people like the taste of ramps, but a lot of people come because they like the other stuff. It’s a good dinner,” Jones said. “We like to do this for the community and it brings the community together.”

All proceeds from the dinner go to help veterans.