- Heavy-handed: FDA puts the squeeze on artisanal cheese makers. Read more here.
- Crop loss: USDA designates six NC counties as natural disaster areas following January floods. Read more here.
- Out of the cold: WRAL reports NC strawberry crops are in good shape despite late-season cold snaps. Read more here.
- Save it: Love Food Hate Waste says even avocados can go in the freezer. Read more here.
- Get your buttons: The 21st annual Piedmont Farm Tour runs April 23-24. Read more here.
Food of the week: asparagus
The tender green shoots are a spring time favorite. Once established, backyard asparagus patches will produce for years, but patience and preparation are key to growing asparagus at home, writes Cindy Barlowe:
Growing asparagus requires a leap of faith because, even 3-year-old plants should not be harvested the first year they are cultivated. Fern-like fronds grow from spears, and the plants need every ounce of nutrition generated from this growth in order to produce the following year. Although early spears may be a temptation, patient gardeners who properly care for asparagus will be rewarded with many years of production.
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NC Cooperative Extension has tips on getting started growing asparagus. Read more here.