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UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Gardening: Asparagus requires space, patience, Pat Munts writes

Spring is asparagus season. The tender green spears appear almost magically from bare ground in many places in the Inland Northwest, and not all of them are in backyard gardens.


Ag industry winces at tough talk

Backers of an enforcement-only bill would have no incentive to take the next step if this bill passed. Then what would the agriculture industry do for workers?


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 6:58 a.m.

Paul Turner: About that after-asparagus ‘disagreeble odour’ …

Eating asparagus is good for you, but it can make your pee stink. This awareness is not new. In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “a few stems of asparagus eaten, shall …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 8:49 a.m.

Stalks rising: Trade deals almost spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. But, slowly, farmers made a comeback.

Trade deals just about spoiled Washington’s asparagus industry. Farmers quit the crop. Canneries closed. And then, slowly, farmers leveraged technology, grit and food trends to build a second chance.


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 7:54 a.m.

Dayton lost its asparagus business to the ‘War on Drugs’ but residents persevered

For decades, the asparagus cannery defined life in Dayton. Each summer an influx of about 1,000 migrant workers would join the town’s other 2,000 permanent residents. Hundreds more workers would …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 7:38 a.m.

Washington asparagus faces dual threat from labor costs and cheap imports

You might have to strain a bit, maybe stand on the back of a flatbed truck to see them, but from the Wal-Mart parking lot, you can see some of …


By the numbers: Washington state asparagus production

Washington state asparagus production by the numbers.


Asparagus sings of spring, offering a fresh first bite of what’s to come

Slim and elegant, tender and verdant, the spears symbolize the season, declaring, finally, with a sigh of relief, it’s here. After a long, dark and cold winter, we’ve arrived at …


Dinner Together: Warm vinaigrettes bridge winter blahs, crisp spring salads

Light yet hearty and filling, this almost-spring salad is easily adaptable to taste


Art of asparagus

Our mild winter and unusually warm spring brought purple-tipped, tight-budded spears of spring asparagus a little early this year, an unexpected but welcomed surprise. These days, asparagus can be purchased …


Pat Munts: Asparagus grows well in weed-free site

Growing your own asparagus takes some patience, space and time. Asparagus plants are grown from year-old roots called crowns that are readily available at garden centers this time of the …


Tasty asparagus salad a great fit with lamb

Asparagus is another sure sign of spring. The tender shoots are harvested as early as February and usually are available through June. They thrive in regions with dry seasons or …


Dr. Gott: Is asparagus really a super cancer-killer?

DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently read an article on the Internet regarding the healing powers of asparagus. It is supposed to really be a super cancer-killer. Have you heard anything …


Use greens to brighten your table for Easter

In this salad, bright green vegetables work to enhance the spring feel of your Easter table. The Mediterranean flavors of citrus, artichoke, olive oil and feta cheese pair wonderfully with …