It is hard to see the asparagus at the farm, even though it is such a reliable, hardy, 12-year-old perennial running the length of Peck’s Meadow from east to west at Holy Hill Farm. There’s an unfortunate amount of water, err mud, and the beginnings of weeds to almost drown out this delicious crop. Farmer Dee coaxed a couple of pounds from the still-cold, cold ground for this past weekend’s soft opening of the farm stand. A visit to the historic barn sill yields the early shopper some eggs and renewed garlic scallions, along with a variety of locally sourced treats and wheat. The farmers have other plants for less wet fields and home gardens already sold in late April, with more of the summer plants on the ready for mid-May and the annual two-weekend plant sale, which doubles as a northern debutante ball for folks itching to dance in their warm gardens and fashion a few rows of salad mix, foxglove and this year maybe a new blueberry patch. All the plants at the farm are still mostly nestled in their hoop houses, waiting for a more consistent warming trend, where temperatures and wind do not frighten these still young seedlings. There will be time yet to harden off and acclimate these plants for the ongoing, fluctuating, New England climates.
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