English asparagus season is underway

English asparagus season is underway, but the season is short so make the most of it while you can!

It’s super-nutritious, packed with folate, Vitamin A, C and K and Potassium,so what’s not to like (except the smelly wee that comes with too much of it!)

For May’s #eatsouth challenge we went to Stansted Farm Shop on the border of Hampshire and West Sussex, and picked up some of the little green lovelies produced at Barfoots Farm in Botley.

If you haven’t visited Stansted before it’s definitely worth searching out. It’s packed with amazing fresh produce from charcuterie and meat to dairy, veg, fruit and home-baked treats. It also has a massive selection of artisan food products and drinks.

As you enter the doors, a display of asparagus from Barfoots welcomes you. Barfoots began as a family farm in Botley in Hampshire in 1976 with four employees, 21 acres and a single crop. They now farm over 7,000 acres and employ over 1,000 people in our region, cultivating 30 crops across a number of farms in Hampshire and West Sussex.

They take great care over what they farm where, only farming crops in the UK that are suited to the local soil and weather conditions. That makes for the most delicious of all produce.

So – we challenged our little team of home cook foodies – they didn’t need much persuasion!

W: Standsted Farm Shop

W: Barfoots Farm

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REAL RECIPES FROM OUR LOCAL LARDER
Asparagus with crispy prosciutto, chilli breadcrumbs and mint

ASPARAGUS, PROSCIUTTO & MINT 

asparagud and salmon

ASPARAGUS & BEETROOT SALAD

Sweet-Bombay-Potatoes

SWEET BOMBAY POTATOES

straws

ASPARAGUS STRAWS & BACONNAISE

Creamy chicken and asparagus risotto

CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS RISOTTO