The Asparagus are in!
Three years ago we planted asparagus. They are planted as a root ball, and through that first summer as they grew into leafy fern like plants we kept covering them with mulch. We waited and watched them for three seasons go through their growing cycle. Finally this year we were able to harvest the asparagus! When Jay runs out to take care of the chickens and ducks he takes a nippers with him and goes to the asparagus bed to see what has grown overnight!
Asparagus can grow almost a foot in one day! We don't have a huge bed, so we only get about 4-6 asparagus each time we harvest. However, that is the perfect amount for... well, as you see in the picture- a frittata. On Saturday morning, Jason made himself a fancy frittata using onion, red pepper and our asparagus. He sprinkled a little cheese on top, and gobbled it down before Ella and I had even known he had cooked it. He said the asparagus were very sweet (given that he ate them within a few minutes of being picked- not like the ones you buy at the store which can be weeks old!).
Hopefully we will be able to offer asparagus at the farm stand in coming seasons. They are a savory treat when eaten the same day or within days of picking, unlike any asparagus you have ever tasted.
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