A New Meaning For The Word "Grass"

Asparagus - Hadley Grass

May 20, 2011   11 Comments

Snack Girl lives in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes, this isn't so bad - notice how this barn roof is the same color as the Golden Gate Bridge?

formerly of San Francisco, Snack Girl has frequent bridge sightings - in HER DREAMS

There are some benefits to nowhere. For example, there is a farm product from the next town over called "Hadley Grass". I was excited to see what farmers had in store for me when I pulled over at a local farm stand.

Guess what it was?

ASPARAGUS! I am not kidding you. This vegetable grows so well out here that they call it "grass" - and it was with great happiness that I bought some.

Right now, at your Farmer's market or grocery store you can get yourself some asparagus and add it to your salads, lunches, breakfasts, whatever! Here are two recipes that I have featured on Snack Girl:

But, my story isn't done. After the farm stand with the "grass", I stopped at my local dairy (another feature of being in an extremely remote place). Check this lovely lady out:


Isn't she cute? I am lucky that I can get to know my local cows and farmers!

This particular dairy is in Hadley and they make a special kind of ice cream every year at this time. I heard of this concoction and stopped to find it.

asparagus icecream

Yes, folks, this is asparagus ice cream. The dairy grabbed some of the fresh stuff and mixed it with some fresh cream and milk (and some walnuts) and created this interesting flavor.

I am actually sorry I tried it because it is delicious and I found myself craving some more. The asparagus flavor isn't bitter - it is sweet and somehow it works. I can't really explain how it works - but, trust me, it works.

Go get some asparagus and have some fun with it!

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Love that you gave a shout out to Hadley and the farm community there. :) :) I grew up out there in the Valley.

on May 20, 2011

.. We must be neighbors. I live in Holyoke and I adore my Hadley grass!

on May 20, 2011

I went to school at UMass and loved the area!! I'm in Boston now and I miss the middle of nowhere! I would love to try that ice cream...

on May 20, 2011

Sounds good, I just love asparagus. When I went to the garlic festival in Gilroy, Ca. eating the garlic ice cream was really tasty. Some things just sound funny for ice cream but you have to give them a try.

on May 20, 2011

I just got some purple asparagus in my CSA share yesterday. I'd never had it before but it was so sweet, tender, and delicious! (probably because it had just been harvested that morning)

For those of you who don't know, a CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. Families pre-buy a share of a farm's harvest which reduces the farm's risk and provides farmers their seasonal start up costs. Then the family gets a weekly delivery of fresh, often organic, local produce. I've eaten greens this year I've never heard of before and liked them all. It's a surprise every week and we're certainly eating more vegetables in our house!

on May 20, 2011

This sounds good to me, actually. I've also had avocado gelato and THAT is tasty! :)

on May 20, 2011

I love asparagus & strawberries on my salads!

on May 21, 2011

Ah I would love that. Asparagus growing like grass, what is better!

on May 22, 2011

This reminds me I need to hurry up and sign up for my CSA before it is too late!

on May 23, 2011

I live in Hadley, it's nice to see you mention us and our outstanding grass!

on August 12, 2011

I love the idea of asparagus ice cream. Here in South Florida where we have an abundance you sometimes find avocado ice cream. It, too, is delicious.

Love your Blog!

on March 15, 2012

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