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Local cash crop especially delicious right now, if you can find it

Local cash crop especially delicious right now, if you can find it

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - According to experts a major player on the Tri-Cities agricultural scene is having an excellent spring, quality-wise.

It's harvest-season for local asparagus growers and the Washington Asparagus Commission reports cooler temperatures have meant the stalks grow a bit slower, which they said leads to a really nice flavor.

The trade-off of those cooler temps also meant farmers have less to ship out, though recent warmer weather has sped up the growth cycle.

The commission reported the yearly crop contributes roughly $3,000 per acre back into the Tri-Cities economy, but Larsen Farms supervisor Hector Lopez said local stores are still selling asparagus shipped up from Mexico.

“Here we are cutting real good asparagus and when you go down to the store, yuck. With that kind of asparagus, I hope the customers will get scared of it,” he said.

The commission told Action News that until area stores catch up to what's growing in their own back yard, the best way to taste the local cash-crop is the third annual Asparagus Festival next month.

The 2018 Asparagus Fest and Brews is happening at Middleton Farms, at 1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Road, Pasco on Saturday, May 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

You can buy tickets here.

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