Asparagus is one of those side dishes many people here in the North Country love, but you probably haven't seen too many flourishing fields of the stuff on your drives around the countryside.
But then again, you probably haven't cruised past Zoar Asparagus Farm on Route 69 in Rodman. That's where asparagus is shooting up in bundles this time of year.
Paul Haldeman started Zoar Asparagus farms in Rodman 17 years ago working against the cold North Country climate.
"Normally you can grow a crop in three years, you can start harvesting. Here it takes more like five to seven years to get a bed to mature," said Haldeman.
Haldeman says once you get past the long wait period the perennial vegetable can last another 50 to 100 years.
"You can pick them the rest of your life without having to plant," said Haldemann
The asparagus from Haldeman's farm is going onto plates at local restaurants like La Bella Fonte in Adams.
"It's sweeter, it's healthier its got a little more snap to it, a lot more vitamins and nutrients in it," said Christopher Arquiett, executive chef.
Haldeman is determined to bring to local restaurants and shops for the years to come.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Watertown, NY