Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

March 13, 2011

Spring—and Asparagus Season—Are Coming


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SPRING—AND ASPARAGUS SEASON—ARE COMING

 

     One of my early spring delights is fresh asparagus. The best was the few stalks I managed to grow while living in Hallston outside Slippery Rock, where we had a good sized garden. Asparagus is difficult to grow, but I managed a few stalks the few summers we lived there.

      Asparagus is not native to the United States. An old New England cookbook revealed that Herr Deiderik Leertouwer imported the first asparagus plant in the 1790s. Its reception was only modest at first, but the vegetable grew in popularity, becoming the mainstay of some agricultural communities.

      Herr Leertouwer, the Dutch consul to the new states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, settled in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, where he grew the first asparagus crop.

    The West Brookfield Historical Commission and the Quaboag Historical Society sponsor an annual spring festival in honor of Herr Leertouwer and the asparagus plant. This year’s festival is scheduled on May 14, 2011.

     Included is a lunch with a touch of asparagus, on Asparagus Alley.

      Wish I could be there.

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

March days to celebrate

Spring…the joy and pathos of the…DANDELION 

Eyes of lavender, violet & amethyst

Discovering Hardy Lavender

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