It was June 21st yesterday and that marks the traditional end of our short but very sweet asparagus season. Oh bugger.
The supermarkets will still be selling 'fresh' asparagus grown somewhere that involves it being brought to us in the hold of a Boeing 747 but the glorious local asparagus is now finished.
The plants in their long beds will be left to grow into ferns and gather strength for next year. Meanwhile our farmer friend is extending his personal asparagus bed to more than double the area, so three years from now we'll be able to have a really good guzzle on the new crop of 'Purple Passion' from the extended bed.
Unfortunately the bed might well be longer but the season will not be.