Feelin like this dude at serious eats hits the nail on the head with his post about ramps. Ramps aren't life changing. They're no foie GRAS. Chefs probably do overhype them a little bit, but can you blame them?
So many foods are so readily available year-round that to be able to get your hands on a new ingredient to work with, and experiment with, and attempt to use in a new way must be exciting for that one month time slot.
It's probably more the foodies like me who do the overhyping. Cause you know, we just pick up on the demand from chefs without really knowing the value of a product ourselves. So then I go and brag to my friends I "just had these fresh picked ramps. Those things are like the holy Grail to chefs" and they stare at me in awe as if I were Zeus of Mount Orampus.