Celebrate the asparagus as asparagus season and as the spring and summer Asparagus festivals begin in earnest. Low in calories, low in sodium with zero fat and cholesterol make the asparagus a desirable treat.
Growing conditions for asparagus make the states of Michigan, Massachusetts, California and Washington conducive to growing asparagus. These states have embraced the asparagus with festivals to celebrate the crop, present new recipes, relay new cooking tips and the various ways to prepare asparagus.
If you are a fan of asparagus, enjoy the post on asparagus nutrition and celebrate the Benefits of Asparagus.
Gardeners should also take note that asparagus is a great growing companion for tomatoes. The unwanted asparagus beetle can be a pest for home gardeners and tomato plants naturally repel the beetles. To find a list of current Asparagus Festivals:
Empire Asparagus Festival Empire, Michigan
When: Weekend of May 19-20
Where: Empire, Michigan
Friday, May 19: Dance and Dine Pig Roast
Saturday, May 20: Kick Ass-paragus Fun Run and Walk, Recipe contest and cook off, Asparagus poetry competition, Asparagus Parade, music, asparagus treats
Saturday, May 20: Asparagus Parade, Ode to Asparagus Poetry Competition and much more!
Details and Information at Empire Asparagus Festival
Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival West Brookfield, Massachusetts
When: May 20
Where: West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Special Events: Asparagus Alley food court
Crafters, artisans, music and events for all ages, Information available on their facebook page
Asparagus Field Trip and Lunch, Concord Massachusetts
When: May 20
Where: Verrill Farm, Concord, Massachusetts
Special Event: Day event featuring asparagus field tour, chef prepared lunch plus cooking tips
Details and sign up on Verrill Farms website
WGBY Asparagus Festival, Hadley, Massachusetts
When: June 3
Where: Hadley, Massachusetts
Special Events: Beers and Spears Pavilion, festival market, music, entertainment, contest and kids events plus Spearit Farm to Table luncheon.
Details available at WGBY website.
National Asparagus Festival, Hart, Michigan
When: June 9-11
Where: Hart, Michigan
Special Events: crowning of the Asparagus Queen, Asparagus Banquet and Pageant, Food show, Arts and Crafts Fair, Spear-It 5 K run, farm tour, music and kids events throughout the festival.
Details available on Silver Lake Dunes website.
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