Recent rains have not only been good for the grass, but they’ve helped produce an abundance of asparagus as well, according to one farmer at Evanston’s downtown farmers market.

Danika Murray of Lake Breeze Organics, a farm just across the Indiana border in Michigan, says in her weekly newsletter that “we have an amazing load of incredible asparagus this week.”

But she warns that “Saturday night is predicted to frost again, so the asparagus harvest next week is uncertain. Come stock up this week.”

Among the other vegetables that will be available this week, she says, are Red Russian kale, Italian spinach, baby kale, “wasabi” mustard greens, lettuce mix, sorrel, cilantro, and baby swiss chard.

The downtown market, which started the 2016 season last Saturday, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot adjacent to the city’s Maple Avenue parking garage at Oak Avenue and University Place.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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