If you love fresh, local asparagus, you might want to start growing your own
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK TREGENZA
Elegant asparagus—often called the king of vegetables—has long been considered a sure sign of spring, but cultivation of the delicate green spears here in California has declined sharply due to labor costs and the huge amount of land required to grow it. Farmers’ market favorite HOG Farms stopped growing asparagus this year, but a few other growers are stepping up to fill the gap. And it is well worth seeking out locally grown, in-season asparagus—because the taste can’t be beat.
Asparagus, or “grass” as it’s called in the produce industry, is in the lily family. In order to have a continuous supply from January to June, it is grown in three main … Read More