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US: Delaware asparagus earlier than ever

Asparagus has come earlier than ever before to the Cape region. It has been harvested three weeks earlier than is usual, thanks to an exceptionally warm spring.

Mike Fennemore of Fifer’s Orchards said weather since fall has been more akin to North Carolina conditions.

"We harvested asparagus March 23, which is a record early harvest. Normally we expect asparagus to begin around April 15," he said. "Because of this, we anticipate beginning our strawberry harvest in about 10 days. This is three weeks ahead of normal."

He said that growers were also ahead with peach and apple crops this year and that they had been able to get ahead with other tasks too - things like tree pruning, planting and general maintenance.

However, it's not all good news.

"It is a bit concerning to have peach, plum and apple blossoms so early, as they are susceptible to a frost or freeze until mid-April," Fennemore said. "So far we have been fortunate and are counting our blessings."

Fennemore issued a warning also to those who would purchase the vegetables. "It is important for everyone to realize that most crops will be three weeks ahead of normal," He said. "If they wait too long, they could miss out."

Source: capegazette.villagesoup.com

Publication date: 4/5/2012


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