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Local grown English Asparagus has been dubbed ‘the new Beaujolais nouveau’. Asparagus lovers agree that nothing can beat the superb flavour of local grown English varities and there is fierce competiion amongst growers as to who can deliver the first harvest. Traditionally, the season runs from 1 May to 21 June but 2008 looks to break all previous records with the first spears anticipated only in Cornwall on 21st March 2008.

Cornish Asparagus growers, Rowe Farming, has developed an ingenious growing method which involves underground heating and protecting the asparagus in plastic to keep them warm. Due to the mild Cornish winter and the sheltered valley poisition, the crop is due to make an extra early appearance this year. Mark Rowe has promised his first harvest to the plates of local four-star hotel Budock Vean. Head Chef, Darren Kelly said “It’s the simpler the better with asparagus. Our guests love it steamed and served with a delicious hollandaise sauce”.

The Budock Vean has an excellent track record for supporting local suppliers – sustainable is their goal. They achieved Gold in the Sustainable Tourism Initiative of the Year category of the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2007 and Medium Sized Business Winner for best practices of sustainable solutions that help save the planet and make economic sense in The Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2007.

Second generation owners Martin and Amanda Barlow work closely with local fruit and vegetable distributor Sean Williams at Westcountry Fruit Sales Ltd year round and see this supplier collaboration as a great cause for celebration “You can’t beat eating produce that has been grown locally” said Amanda. “We only ever buy Cornish Asparagus so the fact that we can enjoy the season for longer this year is a real bonus. We are totally committed to purchasing as many products and services as possible from Cornish, and in particular local, based suppliers.’

Budock Vean, Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5LG
01326 250288

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• Mel Dixon-Phillip, Budock Vean on 01326 252 112

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