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Asparagus

Postby Eugene » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:47 pm

Asparagus season has just begun in ernest. Been eating asparagus in omelettes with home made Canadian bacon for several weeks. Several servings of plain asparagus. Given away several pounds. Now asparagused out. Son took some to work to give away.

Currently have several pounds in the dehydrator. When dry will put in the food processor and finely chop. Vacuum seal and then use in soups or omelettes.

Planning on pickling some asparagus.

Probably give away anything we won't eat.

Have tried freezing asparagus, didn't taste the same, work out well.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby v w » Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:34 am

Picked the first Thursday. A bit later than usual. Been quite cold. We do freeze but use most of that for soup or a casseroll otherwise it is not very good. For me a little goes a long way anyway. Vern

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Re: Asparagus

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:02 am

First picking, a few days ago. Had a couple of "early birds", a couple of weeks ago, that got nailed by a 14 degree night. The others were smart enough to stay underground, til this week.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby Eugene » Sat Apr 23, 2016 4:07 pm

Dehydrated the asparagus at 140 degrees, over night. Tasted the dried asparagus, didn't rehydrate, tasted pretty good.

Menu for tonight, omelette with fresh asparagus and smoked chicken.

Edit: Local farmers market is open. Stopped by today. Lady had 2 bundles of asparagus, approximately 12 spears per bundle, $6- per bundle.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby SONNY » Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:33 pm

We only had a couple small hands full,--it just don't grow well here! ---it sure is good! thanks; sonny
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Re: Asparagus

Postby BigMatt » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:23 am

Eugene wrote: Local farmers market is open. Stopped by today. Lady had 2 bundles of asparagus, approximately 12 spears per bundle, $6- per bundle.


This is the reason I am jumping into asparagus. I sell my sweet corn at the local farmers market and I noticed no one sells asparagus. I am putting in 1000 crowns this weekend.

It may be a little late, but I think if I keep it watered, it should be just fine.

We think we can get $5/pound.

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Re: Asparagus

Postby Eugene » Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:15 pm

Lived in this area for 18 years. Think the only time I have seen asparagus in the farmer markets is the past two weeks. Past Saturday, same lady had only 2 bundles of asparagus. Didn't check the price but assume, $6- per bundle.

I collect asparagus seed and use the seed to give away and repopulate bare spots. For some reason asparagus grows well in this area. Have clay soil. Thinking clay retains moisture when the top soil layer is brick hard.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby v w » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:07 am

BigMatt wrote:
Eugene wrote: Local farmers market is open. Stopped by today. Lady had 2 bundles of asparagus, approximately 12 spears per bundle, $6- per bundle.


This is the reason I am jumping into asparagus. I sell my sweet corn at the local farmers market and I noticed no one sells asparagus. I am putting in 1000 crowns this weekend.

It may be a little late, but I think if I keep it watered, it should be just fine.

We think we can get $5/pound.


We first planted asparagus in 1999. Have a total of 1700 crowns and never had any problem selling it. We would pick a bit younger than what is the norrm and had many loyal customers. We sold from the house and often didn't even have a sign out and sometimes backordered. We did not pick to sell any this year. I'm getting too old for the picking. "...no one sells asparagus.". Go for it! It is however very labor intensive and during hot weather needs picking on a daily basis. Vern

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Re: Asparagus

Postby BigMatt » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:25 pm

I got 1000 crowns in yesterday and we shall see how it goes. I understand it is very labor intensive, but I hope we can keep up with it.

How much per pound do you get for your asparagus?

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Re: Asparagus

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Mon Jun 20, 2016 3:37 pm

Remember, you shouldn't harvest it for a couple of years, to let the roots get strong.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby Eugene » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:12 am

My asparagus has dropped almost 100% of the seed pods. Ground is covered with the pods. Checked the pods on the ground, no seeds.

August/September I harvest the seed pods for standing asparagus plants. Dry the seed pods and collect the seeds. Use the collected seeds to fill in bare spots in the patch and give away seeds.
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Re: Asparagus

Postby v w » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:25 pm

BigMatt wrote:I got 1000 crowns in yesterday and we shall see how it goes. I understand it is very labor intensive, but I hope we can keep up with it.

How much per pound do you get for your asparagus?


Last year we were getting $3.00 a pound. That was a bit higher than the grocery store. I don't know what it was on the farmers market but there would be a lot of it. 20 miles west of here is commercial production for the canneries and mass freezing. We always tried to be a bit higher because it was fresh and we picked a bit shorter which gave quite a lot less waste. If you don't have much competition don't be afraid to ask for a decent price. People will pay for good stuff even around here. Vern


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