Spargle fest

That’s right, folks—it’s the event that signals that spring has officially sprung. It’s the Stockton Asparagus Festival, happening April 15 to 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. High-tail it to Asparagus Alley, where last year, they served 36,000 pounds of asparagus burritos, sandwiches and deep-fried in batter.

When I went several years ago, I tried an asparagus daiquiri (or was it a margarita?). In any case, it was better than you’d think. California is the top state for asparagus production, and the limited season is now upon us.

Last year, I visited the Capay Organic farm in Capay Valley, and they said that during peak growing, they harvest the asparagus up to three times a day because it grows so fast. We picked some pencil-thin spears, and they were the sweetest I’ve ever had.

You can visit them yourself, every second Saturday through October ( And don’t forget to look for local spears at the farmers markets. They’re perfect for grilling, wrapped in prosciutto, or just drizzled with olive oil and lemon zest.