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The must have produce this time of year: Asparagus.

“Asparagus is king” this time of year, said Dawn Carlson, produce manager of Harbes Family Farm.  The spring crop has been fresh for the picking since April, and will remain a staple produce through June.

Ms. Carlson recommends keeping preparation simple. Roast it on a baking sheet at about 400 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes. Give it a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste, before popping it in the oven.

Asparagus makes a great addition cut up in omelets, pasta, or even made into a cream of asparagus soup. Wrapping it in bacon is also one of Ms. Carlson’s favorite way to prepare it.

If you’re wondering what wine to pair with asparagus, check out Louisa Hargrave’s column “The Oeno Files: What links asparagus and sauvignon.”

Photo by Carrie Miller

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