Wild Leeks are indeed listed as endangered in many areas of the US and in Quebec and are listed as "threatened" in Nova Scotia. In Ontario there are issues around conservation, but our province is not in as quite a dire situation as they haven't had the same long-time popularity here as they had in other areas.
Sourcing & Availability?
At Fresh City, we use two primary Ontario foragers -- the amish mennonite group of farmers collectively known as HOPE Eco Farms, and Cindy Ablett. HOPE only picks the largest bulbs on their own lands and do not out-source for additional supply. This means that on their lands, we only get what they know they can sustainably harvest without threatening future year harvests. They want to keep harvesting them too, and they know that over-harvesting means the end of their wild leek sales in the future, so we only get what they can harvest and we build them into our produce boxes in the numbers that they tell us they have -- not the other way around. In the case of wild leeks, the foragers are dictating how many we can sell. The same is true for Cindy Ablett. Her family lease many acres of land up north in the Algonquin area, and her family has been sustainably harvesting for years under the same principles - they only take what they know they can without ruining future harvests. So again, we only get and plan for what they can supply. We are usually only able to get them for 2-3 weeks per year.
Want to know more?
Check our our blog: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Wild Leeks