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Fresh asparagus is now on sale from Medley Manor Farm . They have a stall in the field alongside Binsey Lane (a turning off the Botley Road in Oxford) which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6.30pm.

The local asparagus season lasts from May until June. Asparagus is best eaten within 24 hours of picking before enzyme activity changes its flavour and increases toughness.

Oxfordshire farms producing asparagus

Medley Manor Farm, Binsey Lane, Oxford

Millets Farm Centre, Frilford

Peach Croft Farm, Radley

Q Gardens, Milton Hill near Didcot

Rectory Farm, Stanton St John

Wykham Park Farm, Banbury

Asparagus  - Draining Peru dry

Asparagus from Peru and Mexico can be found in supermarkets as early as February, costing around £2 per bunch. You will only find British asparagus from April to June, and at a higher price. Peru dominates the global market - but what’s the true cost of this South American success?

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