Thursday, June 3, 2010

I break for asparagus, part 1


Hadley Grass Demand Outgrows Supply.....

On Rt. 116, they are rerouting the road, they being the state, to accommodate the local market's trade. When the Hadley grass is in, over 100 lbs of native aspsaragus hit the loading dock at Atkins Farm of Amherst every day. It still isn't enough for customers. The legacy crop, once an economic mainstay of the Valley continues to be in short supply in the peak of the season. "We have four main sources but it is still not enough," says John Koslowski who has been produce manager of Atkins Farm for 40 years. 

Spring isn't the busiest time of the year for Atkins but it kicks off the season and the demand for asparagus is more than the store and local farmers can handle. The store sells tons of asparagus every summer. Koslowski buys from four local farms. "I've got guys growing more for me, and guys growing a couple of acres. I am begging for more. People want to buy local and we try to provide it but come asparagus season, there is just not enough." He supplements with asparagus from California and Canada."I wish we had more local but during the season, people just have to have their asparagus."

"I break for asparagus" continued....