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Apr 25, 2012 10:03 AM

Local Asparagus

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

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  1. 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!

    1. 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. 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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        1. re: Allstonian

          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?

          1. re: Allstonian

            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.

            1. re: Allstonian

              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.

            2. Verrill Farm tweeted 1 week ago about their asparagus going to be ready in 1 week - no updates yet.!/verrillfarm/st...

              Wilson Farm tweeted last Thursday their own asparagus was available!/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.

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