Each spring we return to our original garden in search of asparagus and memories.
When we first began farming on Snow's Bend, 8 years ago, our garden was in a small nook enclosed by trees on three sides. We chose this spot because the large tractors of the farmer leasing the land could not access it and therefore it had not been chemically fertilized or sprayed with harmful herbicides or pesticides.
Above: Margaret Ann in the original garden, October 2006.
It was just David and I back in those days. We lived on the farm in a cabin that was built 160 years ago, the definition of "rustic". The days were long and exhausting, but fulfilling and interesting as well. After 3 chemical-free years the entire farm was opened for production and we moved to a larger, sunnier spot. Things are much different these days, with employees that help out a great deal and also create another job in their management. It was much simplier back then but we are proud of how we have grown.
We don't have much reason to return to this garden except for this time of year, when the asparagus spears shoot up. Many years ago we planted several crowns, but not enough for anything other than enjoying ourselves. The only maintenance
done is a quick weed-eat just before they begin to come up. It is a delicious reason to return to our original garden and remember our roots.
NEWS FROM THE BEND
From planting time to the growing and harvesting seasons,