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Milton Market sets inaugural Asparagus Festival

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Having long recognized the popularity of early spring's royal vegetable, the Milton Farmers Market will hold its first Asparagus Festival from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, May 20, at Dogfish Head Brewery at 6 Village Center Blvd. in Cannery Village.

Many vendors will join the celebration of the noble stalk with special asparagus offerings. Of course, along with fresh-picked asparagus and asparagus-themed products, the market brings its regular weekly array of everything visitors need for their pantry, fridge or freezer, including an abundance of veggies, fruits, all-natural meats, seafood, baked goods, homemade jams, honey, fresh eggs, glass-bottled milk, ice cream, plus specialty and personal care items.

According to the website, Emperor Caesar Augustus "was such a connoisseur of the elegant vegetable [asparagus] he organized elite military units to procure it for him. The famed Asparagus Fleets made rounds in the empire to import the best varietals back to Rome, while the fastest runners were employed to carry fresh spears high in the Alps, where it could be frozen for later use."

At the Milton Farmers Market, local farmers bring tender, just-harvested stalks to their tents for market patrons. Visitors will also enjoy asparagus already baked into various breads and muffins, plus quiche, and asparagus soup, all available for onsite consumption or take-home meals.

There's always live and lively music at the Milton Farmers Market, and this week, farmer Charlie from the T.S. Smith and Sons tent takes the mic with his buddies. Attendees are encouraged to grab a snack and settle in for some spirited rock 'n roll from Charlie and the Cool Tones.

Friendly dogs on 6-foot leashes are always welcome at the Milton Farmers Market. There's always plenty of free parking for shoppers in the Dogfish Head parking lot.

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Original Publication Date: May 17, 2016

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