Asparagus Season

Did you know it’s asparagus season here on Prince Edward Island?

 

 

We have 3 rows of asparagus growing on the farm, and it’s only in its second year (from crowns, not seeds) so the stalks are skinny and easy to miss.

I’ve been learning a lot about asparagus lately – did you know it takes 4 years to get a true harvest from seed? And you have to let the stalks go to fern, or grow into wild and tangly flowery looking things so they can absorb enough sunlight to store their sugary starch and return the next year? White asparagus is just asparagus denied of sunlight, and the big beefy stalks you see in the supermarket come from asparagus plants that are 20+ years old!

It’s the beginning of the harvest season, and I’m doing everything I can to stay outside and learn!