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Asparagus Spears, From our Farm to You
Spears To You, a division of Conifera, LLC, will begin its asparagus harvest in May, 2019. The best varietals that includes Jersey Supreme, will be available.
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Spring planting of asparagus crowns

We are excited about our newest addition to the farm – ASPARAGUS. We will operate this part of the farm under the business name of “Spears To You” a division of Conifera LLC.

With the success of our test plots last year we decided to plant an acre of asparagus. That’s a total of over 7500 plants. The variety that grew the best turns out to be one of the best varietals was chosen. Jersey supreme. The field was chisel plowed and diced to prepare the soil for planting and soil amendments were added based on our soil tests. This acre will be ready for first harvest around the first week of May 2019. We are adding additional acres of asparagus during the 2019 spring planting season.

In addition to all of the field work we also finished construction in the new pole barn of a USDA GAP principles designed Asparagus processing plant. Diana and I both became certified in USDA GAP. The new room is designed like new dairies or other food processing centers with total cleanliness as a top priority.

 

 

 

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Asparagus Nutrition

Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. It leads nearly all produce items in the wide array of nutrients it supplies in significant amounts for a healthy diet.

Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year. Its wealth of nutrients, fiber and very low sodium and calorie content make asparagus a nutritionally wise choice for today’s health-conscious consumer.

Organic and Eco-Friendly Harvesting

In addition to all of the field work we also finished construction in the new pole barn of a USDA GAP principles designed Asparagus processing plant. Diana and I both became certified in USDA GAP. The new room is designed like new dairies or other food processing centers with total cleanliness as a top priority.

Everything from the PVC wall and ceiling panels, waterproof lighting and electric, stainless steel triple sinks and equipment was done with attention to detail and a clean space. Our plant is equipped with a walk in cooler and a hydro-cooler designed to drop the temperature of harvested asparagus down as quick as possible to obtain the freshest product.

Wholesalers and Restaurant Owners

We will begin selling asparagus this year out of the shop in the pole barn around the first week of May 2019. It will be available fresh in quantities in one pound increments while supplies last for approximately one month. If you are a wholesaler, restaurant owner with farm to table needs, or a CSA operator with product needs we have boxes of asparagus available in 11 or 30 lb quantities.

You can call 630-779-6249 to discuss your needs or schedule a time to come out and check us out.

Support Local Farmers

More than 90 percent of farms in the U.S. are classified as small and local, with a gross cash farm income of $250,000, or less. These farms, most of which are family-owned and operated, confront considerable challenges due to current trends, such as increased movement into cities, an aging population, farm consolidation, and changing weather patterns.

Importance of Family and Small Farms

Family and small farms are vital to our economy and well-being as a nation. Not only do they support the competitiveness and sustainability of rural and farm economies, they serve to:

  • Protect and enhance natural resources and the environment
  • Provide a nursery for the development of new enterprises and marketing systems
  • Maintain rural populations