Why buy local?
Buying Local Asparagus tastes great for so many reasons!
FRESH AND DELICIOUS
SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS
Sustainable Processes on Ontario Asparagus Farms
Simply by choosing to buy local, you are supporting food sustainability. When we reduce transportation miles and times, we automatically lower carbon footprints and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Good Soil Health
Asparagus that is not suitable for fresh consumption or processing is composted. Organic compost helps the soil to be healthier which in turn grows healthier, more resilient and more nutritious asparagus.
Many asparagus farms in Ontario do not have the need to irrigate. However, some farms have invested in drip irrigation where water is piped in from under the ground. Compared to overhead sprayers, this prevents excess water evaporation and ensures that the right amount of water is provided to the asparagus roots at the right time.
Cover crops are planted on top of asparagus fields and provide many benefits. They improve soil health by adding nutrients back into the soil. They also slow down erosion, improve water retention and help control weeds and plant diseases.
Every spear of asparagus is hand-picked by workers sitting in specialized carts. Some Ontario asparagus farmers have invested in electric carts that are recharged daily, lowering carbon emissions.
- Ontario asparagus farmers collect boxes of freshly harvested asparagus hourly from fields. These boxes are delivered directly to the local packing facility.
- Freshly harvested asparagus then passes through a hydro cooler, where cold waterbrings down the internal temperature and washes the asparagus.
- After the hydro cooler, asparagus is stored in cooler where cold air is forced through the pallets. The ideal temperature is 36°F.