I wish I could say this was my harvest, but it is not. My asparagus is still tucked in its bed, not yet awake, and the new crowns I ordered to expand the bed have been backordered and may not arrive. (Barr's Mammoth seems to do better in my cold yard than the all-male types, but this will be the first year I actually get to taste it... I hope.)
This asparagus is from my favorite local farm store. The store's over a half hour away, so I don't always get down there. Which is a shame, because they have great local milk, too. I also picked up some of their spinach, since mine is just putting out its first real leaves, and I wept bitterly (well, I thought about it anyway) that all their rhubarb had sold out for the day. Someone who shall remain nameless trammelled our lone rhubarb plant, and I haven't seen it back this year. I think it's been tilled up.
The kids helped in the garden quite a bit this weekend. Gareth and Katydid planted 60 onion plants a piece, and Gareth planted potatoes, too. Farmerboy and Pop helped me plant leeks. Our leeks did not get off to the best of starts last year, but they made a mean potato-leek soup in January. I'm hoping to get some bigger leeks this year if we actually take care of them.
Tonight I am looking forward to a crustless quiche with mushrooms and asparagus, a spinach salad on the side, and pear slices -- to make sure that the twins will at least eat something.