How can a locavore tell when it’s spring? The most sure sign is when the first batch of asparagus in the garden is tall enough to harvest. There is nothing that stimulates the appetite like the crispy snap of an early spring asparagus stalk when you pick it.
It takes several years for asparagus plants to grow large enough to produce edible stalks. Stalks start to appear as soon as the soil warms a little, but it takes several warmish days to grow enough for a meal. My friend Nancy has a well established asparagus patch, and I was delighted she was willing to share some of it with me this week.
It may look like the asparagus is a side dish in this week’s menu, but I can assure you from a locavore perspective it is the main course. Be sure to fix lots! Here’s the menu:
Now go outside in the sunshine and get some vitamin D!