Along with maple syrup, fiddleheads and dandelions, asparagus
says shouts spring! The slender green stalks with their tightly closed tips are a welcome sight at this time of year, and they signal the start of the flood of fresh local produce that will be on its way to farmers' markets and grocery stores over the next months. If you want to know when to expect other Ontario fruits and vegetables to be in season, click on this link for Foodland Ontario's availability guide.
Egg farmers Luc and Louise Secours of Bainesville enjoy making this quiche-like ham and asparagus recipe when asparagus is in season. The recipe makes eight servings; any leftovers are easily warmed in the microwave the next day. Here's the link to the recipe on Egg Farmers of Ontario's website - Impossibly Easy Ham and Asparagus Pie. Here's a link to another asparagus recipe that contains eggs, this one is on Foodland Ontario"s website - Asparagus Brunch Bread. The Ontario Asparagus Growers' Marketing Board has lots of preparation and cooking tips for asparagus and a brochure of recipes on their website, including one for Asparagus in Bed (poached eggs, prosciutto, cheese and asparagus) at www.asparagus.on.ca.