Sought-after native asparagus now available in Hadley

Farmers hoping weather gets a little bit warmer

Hadley asparagus

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – It is one of the most famous vegetables to be grown here in western Massachusetts, and now it’s in season! Asparagus, sometimes locally referred to as “Hadley grass,” is now available at some farm stands.

At Alligator Brook Farm on Route 47, they are busy picking and bundling the asparagus. The weather lately, though, has not been ideal for this popular local crop.

“We started picking last week, but we’re getting very little because the weather is just too cold. We need some warm weather to get it going,” Jim Gnatek of Alligator Book Farm said. He told 22News that ideally, they would like to have temperatures up in the 70s.

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People come from all over to get asparagus grown in Hampshire County, and it is considered to be among the best in the world. One of the main reasons is said to be the soil: a deep layer of sandy loam, which has the sediment of a glacial lake that once covered the valley.

The peak of the asparagus season here in western Massachusetts is usually in May or June.

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