Happy first day of June!
http://janesvillefarmersmarket.com/index.html The market began its fifth year two weeks ago, and is gradually becoming more and more popular, a place to shop and to meet people. It isn't as large or elaborate as the Madison market, but it is within walking distance for us, and isn't mobbed. The market features a combination of fresh produce like asparagus, rhubarb, greens, radishes and green onions, and items like honey, cheese, and organic beef. You can also find bedding plants and a few craft items or hand made soap. Skelleys stand didn't have fresh strawberries yet (maybe in two weeks when days warm up), but they did have their homemade doughnuts, just the thing to go with a hot cup of java from the Farmers Market coffee cart.
Dick's Roasted Asparagus
one fresh bunch asparagus
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash the asparagus, then put into a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with a little salt. Bake ten minutes. The asparagus should be bright green, and tender crisp.
Thinking about asparagus got me remembering about ours on the farm. It grew wild along the fence line next to our quarter mile long gravel driveway, and it was always a race between us and my Grandpa Pierce, who lived in a new ranch house up near the road, to see who'd get out first to cut it. Spoils to the winner.