Asparagus season underway in Hadley

Six-week season began last week

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Asparagus lovers are coming to the town of Hadley from all over. The Hampshire County town is famous for the asparagus grown on its farmland.

Asparagus season began a week ago and farm stands like Wanczak Farms near Route 9, where they hope to sell thousands of pounds of the vegetable during the six week season.

Nora Vedoninowski of Chicopee told 22News that Hadley asparagus is worth the trip, even though she doesn’t even care for vegetables in general “It is the best!” she said.

Karen Costa of Wanczak Farms said that Hadley has some natural advantages when it comes to growing the crop. “It’s the soil. The University of Massachusetts did a test on the soil, and because the river has flooded so many times in this area, it has all the silt minerals from the river into prime growing,” she said.

Demand for the Hadley-grown asparagus traditionally reaches its peak during the Asparagus festival on the town green. This year’s festival is on June 6.

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