We’re championing Exmoor’s food heroes, smallholders, kitchen table top producers and garden growers again this year (2017).
This May our co-owner and chef, John will be selecting the asparagus he uses in his kitchen by hand at Withycombe Asparagus near Minehead.
John says: “We’re very lucky in these parts to have lots of lovely asparagus grown on our doorstep and we celebrate National Asparagus Month in May with wonderful asparagus inspired dishes on our menu and the British season goes on well into June, while stocks last.
“May is its peak harvesting time and it’s all the more delicious when it is picked just a few miles down the road from you and in our case at Withycombe Asparagus and arrives on our diners’ plates within a few hours of leaving Court Place Farm. You can’t get any fresher than that!”
Asparagus can only be harvested for around two months each year in the key areas in the UK that grow it. Depending on the weather, the crop is traditionally picked from around St George’s Day, April 23, and harvesting ends on June 21, the longest day of the year.
“In Somerset, we find it’s so popular that the harvest gets eaten up very quickly and in fact it’s pretty much just May when you can find fresh, locally grown asparagus in local farm shops and on restaurant menus. So, if you want to be sure to get your fix of the freshest, be fast off the mark!
“We’re committed to supporting as many ventures like this as possible and we even source veggies and fruit from the back gardens and plots of various villagers nearby wishing to share their spare crops.
“Exmoor is often overlooked as a foodie destination but it’s a great place full of hidden culinary gems and somewhere off the beaten track to explore. It’s still got some really wild and remote spots and the farmers and producers that work on the land here are a hardy bunch.”
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