Local Chicken and Asparagus

 

I’m sure some of you have seen a beautiful sight at the market lately…asparagus is finally here!  That’s right…for the next several weeks according to the Purdue Extension Office’s FoodLink Program and possibly through June (if we’re lucky), we get to enjoy fresh, local asparagus.  Now, asparagus is in high demand, right?  So if you’re wanting a fresh bunch, it’s best to arrive at the market when the market first opens up!  If you’ve never tasted a piece of local asparagus, you don’t know what you are missing.  I purchased a bunch from Wholesome Meadows Farm last weekend and while some bites were sweet others bursted with the distinct flavor asparagus has.  The most shocking thing….it wasn’t stringy!  Now, maybe it’s all in the variety that’s planted, or maybe it’s all in how it’s grown or how it’s cooked.  I’m a novice when it comes to growing asparagus so I don’t have a good answer to that.  What I can tell you, though, is that while I paired it with some delicious Hoffman Certified Organics Chicken Thighs, it made for one incredible, easy meal.  The only ingredients I used on the asparagus were olive oil, salt and pepper.  We love to wrap ours up in foil and toss it on the grill for a super quick and easy meal.  Another family favorite for us is roasting it at 425 for around 13 minutes.

 

According to the Purdue Extension Office, the best way to store asparagus is to store it upright in a container, just like the way it grows, with a little bit of water or with it resting on a damp paper towel.  It lasts for approximately 5 days this way; although, if you’re like me, it never sticks around for that long!  Happy, healthy eating 🙂

 

For more storage tips and ways to cook asparagus, visit Purdue Extension Office FoodLink Program.