Asparagus - get your fill this season!
Asparagus, one of the earliest signs that spring has sprung at the farmers market! There are so many ways to enjoy this nutritious and delicious vegetable. Here’s a sampling of some tried and true recipes:
Roasted Asparagus - be sure to buy 2 bunches at market! You’ll eat one bunch as soon as you get it out of the oven!
Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata with Goat Cheese - asparagus pairs beautifully with goat cheese. This frittata is delicious for brunch, lunch and dinner. You can get everything you need at the Farmers Market. Amazing Acres Goat Dairy’s Fromagina is perfect in this recipe.
Shaved Asparagus Salad with Arugula and Parmesan - made with raw asparagus, this salad is so refreshing, a perfect toast to spring. The whole family will love the asparagus ribbons.
Nutritional Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus is low in calories, high in fiber, a good source of folate and vitamin K, as well as a host of other nutrients. Its good for you and delicious too!
How Does Asparagus Grow
Asparagus is a perennial. Farmers start asparagus with asparagus crowns, a spidery looking root mass. It takes asparagus crowns about 2 - 3 seasons to mature properly to produce asparagus stalks.
There is something prehistoric in appearance when looking at a field of asparagus. The stalks emerge from the ground looking just like the stalks we purchase at the market. It looks like someone just stuck them in the ground.
Now that you know how asparagus grows and how good it is for you - feast away!