Local legend has it that Diederik Leertouwer imported asparagus from his homeland and was the first to plant it in this area. This fact was forgotten until it was discovered in an old cookbook. Wild asparagus still grows in this area today.
Leertouwer died here and is buried in the Old Indian Cemetery on Cottage Street, West Brookfield.
Once again this year our family business participated in the festival. With a name like Inishowen Farms Perennials, we fall firmly into the flower heritage part of the name. But we also offer asparagus roots for sale, to cover it all. The asparagus sells out quickly. As do the rhubarb plants. Not sure what it is about an asparagus festival that makes people want to buy rhubarb, but I'm not going to look that gift horse in the mouth!
Here are a couple pictures we took this year. I wasn't able to get out and take photos of the food court area, or much else that couldn't be seen from our booth. My daughter circulated, several times, and was even kind enough to fetch lunch for me. I had an old-fashion hot dog; the asparagus chowder is good and I like the grilled asparagus, but when you're swamped with customers it's better to go with something simple.