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Local Asparagus

bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 10:03 AM

Has anyone seen locally grown asparagus yet? Is it too early? I've only seen stuff from California so far.

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    JeremyEG RE: bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 10:05 AM

    Hey there,
    We've had it here in NYC for about a week so you should have it this week or next. It's always a treat to have the first local asparagus of the season. Enjoy!

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      hilltowner RE: bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 11:00 AM

      I'm out in Western Mass, and we've had it for about a week, so it must be popping up in your stores now.

      1. Allstonian RE: bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 11:09 AM

        More importantly, where in the Boston area can we buy local asparagus when it arrives? I don't think I've ever seen local asparagus at Russo's, which is where we do most of our produce shopping out of farmer's market season. Are the Somerville and/or SOWA winter markets my best option?

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          bookdwarf RE: Allstonian Apr 25, 2012 11:12 AM

          Good question! I called Russo's this morning and they only had California asparagus. There's the Cambridge/Somerville/SOWA winter markets this weekend but will there be any?

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            Allstonian RE: bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 11:25 AM

            BTW, here are a couple of threads from 2010 on the same topic:

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            veggielover RE: Allstonian Apr 25, 2012 12:32 PM

            I have only seen asparagus at Verrill Farms, but I don't know whether it is available yet this year. Volante Farms has planted it but it will be a year/few years until they are ready to eat.

            I have seen NJ asparagus at Whole Foods.

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              Aromatherapy RE: Allstonian Apr 25, 2012 02:19 PM

              Pemberton Farms in Cambridge brings in Verrill's, but it's not always in the best of shape--asparagus is one of those vegetables best eaten as soon after picking as possible.

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              y2000k RE: bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 12:57 PM

              Verrill Farm tweeted 1 week ago about their asparagus going to be ready in 1 week - no updates yet. https://twitter.com/#!/verrillfarm/st...

              Wilson Farm tweeted last Thursday their own asparagus was available https://twitter.com/#!/wilsonfarm/sta... However, when I went on Friday morning, all I could find was CA asparagus.

              Safest bet is to call both farms before heading out. Russo's only have CA asparagus, I don't think they ever buy local ones.

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                Madrid RE: bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 02:20 PM

                saw some at Sherman Market, Union Sq, on Sat.

                1. steinpilz RE: bookdwarf Apr 25, 2012 03:08 PM

                  If you're interested in wild asparagus I've seen it at Savenors on Charles Street, it might have been later in the season I'm a bit vague about that.

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                    natecsd RE: steinpilz Apr 25, 2012 03:23 PM

                    City Feed on Centre St. in JP has had it (on and off, in their way) for the last few days. I bought a bunch earlier this afternoon. $7 a lb.

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                    mmerriman RE: bookdwarf Apr 26, 2012 12:47 PM

                    I have it coming up at home....

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                      RichardinJP RE: bookdwarf Apr 27, 2012 05:32 AM

                      Haven't seen it yet but Allendale farm in JP had it last year.

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                        veggielover RE: bookdwarf May 12, 2012 12:52 PM

                        Volante Farms does have it this year and it is great, so if you live closer to Needham than to Concord or Lexington, I would go there for your local asparagus fix.

                        1. Kat RE: bookdwarf May 12, 2012 05:12 PM

                          Harper Farms on 117 in Leominster/Lancaster had it last weekend.

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                            makonna RE: bookdwarf May 21, 2012 12:37 PM

                            Verrill Farm has their fantastic asparagus available right now. My kids can't seem to get enough. Enjoy!

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                              jules127 RE: bookdwarf May 23, 2012 05:23 AM

                              I bought some yesterday from Siena Farms at the Copley market.

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                                Madrid RE: jules127 May 23, 2012 08:52 AM

                                do you remember the price?

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                                  Jenny Ondioline RE: Madrid May 25, 2012 09:25 PM

                                  $4 a bunch this afternoon.

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                                    Allstonian RE: Jenny Ondioline May 26, 2012 03:27 AM

                                    Although ours came from Silverbrook Farm (I think), not Siena. Looks lovely, though!

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                                sunalso RE: bookdwarf May 24, 2012 07:05 AM

                                Indian Head in Berlin right now, excellent, $6.50 a bunch

                                1. Gio RE: bookdwarf May 24, 2012 07:37 AM

                                  Tendercrop Farm, in Newbury (Rt. 1A), is showing "their own" asparagus is available.

                                  Verrill holds their asparagus festival on Sat. 26 May.

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                                    chevrelove RE: bookdwarf May 24, 2012 09:16 AM

                                    Three or four vendors had it for $5/bunch at the first Dewey square market today.

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                                      9lives RE: chevrelove May 25, 2012 05:14 AM

                                      I bought some at Dewey Sq yesterday and they were great, simply steamed..also beautiful romaine.

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                                      maxevan RE: bookdwarf May 25, 2012 04:35 AM

                                      Had it twice this week from Verrill. Also the Verrill Asparagus Festival is this weekend.


                                      (sorry for re-posting..missed the post above)

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                                        phatchris RE: bookdwarf May 27, 2012 08:03 AM

                                        Strawberry Hill on 133 in Andover has a sign out yesterday "fresh native asparagus"

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                                          jjbourgeois RE: bookdwarf May 30, 2012 05:13 AM

                                          Wilson Farms has their own asparagus

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