Growing, Harvesting, and
Growing asparagus is our pride and joy. Sandy Shore Farms has been both growing and distributing asparagus for over 60 years. There’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of asparagus harvest around here!
As we are located on the north shore of Lake Erie, the sandy soil in our region is ideal for growing all varieties of asparagus. Not only do we grow over 300 acres of it but we also receive it all, along with asparagus from other local farmers, at Shore Fresh Packers – a packing company branched out of Sandy Shore Farms. Once the asparagus arrives at the facility, it is thoroughly washed, graded, and packed into boxes to be distributed to grocery stores throughout Canada and the United States.
During the harvest months of May and June, we also sell our very popular asparagus tips at St. Jacob’s Market in Kitchener, ON – Canada’s largest year-round farmers market. Most people cut the stalks off of their asparagus spears because they are woody and bitter, whereas the tips are much more tender and sweet. Instead of buying bunches where you’ll have to discard half of the asparagus anyways, come purchase our asparagus tips and get more bang for your buck! We promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Watch our video below to see this process for yourself!
The Journey of Asparagus:
Did You Know?
- Asparagus takes three years from seed to harvest.
- Weed growth can be reduced upto 90% if chickens are released to forage in an asparagus field.
- White asparagus is simply green asparagus grown without sunlight.
- The emperer Caesar Augustus used to bark “Velocius quam asparagi conquantur!” or “Faster than cooking asparagus!” which can be loosely translated as “Get going already!”