Famous asparagus starting to come up in Pioneer Valley

Plentiful rain will be good for the crop

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – It is a little early, but so far, the asparagus is beginning to grow strong. The asparagus that grows here in the Pioneer Valley- Hadley in particular- is viewed as some of the world’s best.

One of the main reasons is the soil. This season, the asparagus is doing especially well because of the rain we have received already. Asparagus take a lot of water to grow; needing close to an inch of rain a week.

22News spoke with the folks at Outlook Farm in Westhampton who noted that Hadley asparagus is so well regarded.

“The valley itself, the Hadley area, is famous for its asparagus. It just grows great in the Pioneer Valley. It’s a good thing for all of us,” Outlook Farm owner Brad Morse said.

The peak of asparagus season here in western Massachusetts is usually in May or June. Soon, we can start buying, cutting, and cooking this local crop.