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The Suburbanite
  • Let the asparagus picking begin

  • It may seem early, but the picking season is officially upon us with the availability of fresh asparagus.

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  • Stark Countians are lucky to have access to numerous pick-your-own style farms in the region, whether it be strawberries, blueberries, apples or pumpkins.
    It may seem early, but the picking season is officially upon us with the availability of fresh asparagus at the Pickin’ Patch at 9460 Ravenna Ave. NE.
    Owners Dave and Bonnie Miller have one of the few pick-your-own asparagus fields in the state. The Millers grow 21⁄2 acres of the vegetable on their farm, and pickers are welcome rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
    Recent warm weather sent spears skyward.
    “On Friday and Saturday I picked 270 pounds,” said Dave Miller, adding that what he picks is sold to a wholesaler; the farm does not offer already-picked asparagus.
    Pickers will be happy to know the price is the same as last year: $1.15 a pound. It’s a deal, considering some area supermarkets charge upward of $3 a pound.
    The phone number is 330-875-9227.
    For a quick asparagus treat, blanch spears in boiling water, dry, and wrap with a slice of prosciutto.