We are starting to plan for the 2022 English Asparagus season and how we are going to celebrate “the Vale of Evesham” asparagus”. As National Asparagus Day and the start of the English growing season  (23rd April) gets closer, the famous “Vale Gras” will continue to grow in abundance and all local farm shops and supermarkets will be selling this most desirable vegetable, so do please make sure “Vale Gras” is part of your essential shopping list – whether you will buy it in person or by adding it to your list when ordering deliveries from some of the many local producers. To get you in the asparagus mood, BBC 2 recently aired a fantastic episode of Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip where they visited Revills Farmshop in Defford and tried some Asparagus inspired foods. Check it out https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001240r

What to See and Do

Asparagus Guide 2021

Download the definitive guide to the Vale of Evesham’s most famous vegetable.

Learn all about it, where to buy it, how to cook it and some examples of how to eat it.

Asparagus Guide 2021

For even more information about how to know when your Vale of Evesham Asparagus is fresh or perfectly cooked, download our new Asparagus Tasting Notes.

Asparagus Tasting Notes

Grown in the Vale Exhibition

Grown in the Vale is an online exhibition exploring the heritage of Worcestershire’s market gardening – tales of life on the land, helping hands and the industry’s national reach. Discover how market gardening shaped the landscape and communities in the Vale of Evesham for over 100 years, hear local memories and unearth forgotten stories of wartime medicine, jam factories and much more.

Created as part of the Market Gardening Heritage project (2018-21) by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service and partners, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Grown in the Vale ExhibitionHistory of Vale of Evesham Asparagus

The Famous Asparagus Auctions

From 7pm the famous Asparagus Auction begins. Hundreds gather in the courtyard of the Fleece Inn to bid for the seasons largest, freshest and greenest Asparagus. All the produce is donated by local growers and Auctioned off by local man Colin Jelfs. In past years thousands of pounds have been raised for the Bretforton Silver band instruments and this event has been on Terry and Mason's Great Food Trip, Countryfile with Adam Henson, Escape to The Country and local and national news!

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