Monday, June 1, 2009

Farmers Market Fare: Baked Asparagus

Happy first day of June!

We finally made it to Janesville Farmers Market on Saturday. 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
olive oil

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.


Rayne said...

I need to try the asparagus recipe. It sound simple enough that even I can't mess it up. I love asparagus but I've never quite figured out how to cook it myself.

Bonnielynn said...

We used to get asparagus that a friend who worked for the railroad would pick every Spring along the railroad tracks. Oh man.....that was the BEST I have every tasted.
Our friend is gone now, and I miss him and the asparagus. Thanks, Ronnie, for the wonderful tastes you gave us.

laura said...

Yum! In my current quest to modify my once-very-good eating habits and drop a few lbs, I've been eating a lot of roasted vegetables--they're so delicious and satisfying. If I'm especially hungry, I serve them on a slice of polenta.

Ruth said...

What a simple way to cook asparagus. I'm going to do that. I love roasting root veggies with garlic and olive oil. Yum.

Margaret Ann said...

Ahhh...some nice memories stirred up here for me...:)

Sharon said...

Also our favorite way to prepare asparagus!

JoAnn said...

I love roasted asparagus. It is good with garlic added too. I buy (gasp!) jars of roasted garlic and this is what I use. YUMMY