While on my latest visit to my mom’s, a unique opportunity presented itself to me…imagine my delight when my mom’s friend asked us if we minded cutting the asparagus in the vegetable garden whilst away. Apparantly, it was ripe for the ‘picking’!
Aspargus grows straight up from the ground! I know…how cool is that!
Mind? Are you kidding me! I have never in my life witnessed asparagus growing in someones garden. Let alone picked it…or should I say, snapped or cut it straight from the stalk right out from the ground.
As we were cutting each stalk of asparagus, one could smell it’s fresh sweet scent.
What an experience to remember!
My mother’s experiences with fresh asparagus ‘stem’ from her childhood. She remembers asparagus growing in her mother’s vegetable garden. She explained, in the morning, her mother would ask her to cut some asparagus for lunch and my mother would reply, “But the asparagus is barely out of the ground!” “Not to worry”, my grandmother would reply, “it will be ready for lunch!” …and she was right! Apparantly, asparagus grows very quickly. Also, if you keep covering it up as it grows…it will stay white.
The best part of this first-time experience…my mom and I got to take home our ‘stash’ and cook it up that night for dinner!
Check out the different widths of the asparagus…the thicker ones were much sweeter!
OH MY GOSH! If you have never tasted freshly picked asparagus…let me just say it is OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING!
In order to highlight the sweet fresh taste of asparagus, my mom and I decided on a simple saute with sugar snap peas, garlic, dried red chili flakes and seasoned with a little salt and pepper.
The perfect accompaniment to Spicy Scallops and Quinoa.
I have many great memories of visiting our local farmer’s market as a child…farm fresh brown eggs, apples, peaches, little yellow plums, tomatoes, and potatoes…were some of my childhood favourites. I also distinctly remember my mother purchasing freshly pressed peanut butter…our family was the only family I knew that did not buy the store bought brands of peanut butter…do you know it is the only peanut butter I like to this day!
I am so excited May is finally here…our city’s farmer’s market runs every Wednesday from May to October. This Wednesday will be my first visit…I wonder what will be available. Hopefully some fresh asparagus!
Fruits and vegetables freshly picked from a farmer’s field taste nothing like what one gets shipped in to the grocery stores. I brought some freshly picked asparagus home to taste test it with the store bought…I think Michael was ‘blown’ away with how crisp and sweet the freshly picked asparagus tasted in comparison.
I love supporting our local farmer’s…we ‘taste the benefits’ at our dinner table!
Fresh ingredients = fresh tasting dishes!
Look at all that rhubarb!
Do you like to visit your local farmer’s market?
P.S. Soon it will be time to plant our garden…fresh tomatoes, onions, herbs…I hope to plant some asparagus this fall for our own ‘windfall’ of one of springs best offerings! What will you be planting this spring?