Asparagus keeping to timetable

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REPORTS of a startlingly early start to the asparagus season are exaggerated, says Ronda Morritt, who is still waiting for the first signs of hers at Low Moor Farm, Sand Hutton.

Speaking just before this week’s cold snap put another brake on expectations, she said: “With tunnels and warm weather, there is a bit coming a little bit early, here and there. But growing in open fields, as we are, we do not expect to start cutting until the last week in April, as usual. However, last year it was April 9. We have learnt to expect it a week after the swallows come back, almost to the day.”

Mrs Morritt was a manager at department store Brown’s of York until she stopped for a baby.

She took on the launch of asparagus at the farm she runs with husband Richard in 1997 and now oversees the growing of 12 acres of it, for sale at the farm gate and through various outlets. The farm is at YO41 1LH.