Asparagus begins to grow early in the spring and since only the young form is edible, it’s not available for long. Low in calories, high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, zinc, Vitamins B6, C, E, K, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, selenium, and chromium, it packs quite a nutritional punch – and it tastes great! Our favorite way to prepare it is to break off the woody bottom portion, spray lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and grill until the tips are browned and crunchy. We’ve been cutting asparagus for about 2 weeks so there’s only about a month left until you’ll have to wait for next year’s crop.
The Piedmont Farm Tour
The 23rd annual Piedmont Farm Tour is this weekend: Saturday & Sunday, April 28-29th. There is a huge range of types of farms on the tour! We focus on livestock farming and will have lots of animals that can be petted and held: baby chicks, lambs, kids, a calf, horses, donkeys… Be prepared for a big dose of cuteness! In addition, Vimala’s Curryblossom Café will be grilling up Minka beef burgers. We hope you can stop by. Visit the CFSA website for info, maps and a planning tool.
It’s spring and that means babies on the farm. To date, we have welcomed 21 calves, 14 goat kids, 5 lambs and 19 chicks to Minka Farm with just a few more on the way. I video taped the birth of one lamb and that will be on the website soon! If you can’t visit us during the Farm Tour, you can always make an appointment for a personal tour. It’s only $5/person and you can get up close and personal with the animals, tour the orchard and talk to the farmer.