From the Garden State.
New Jersey is the 4th largest grower of asparagus in the nation, harvesting about 5.6 million pounds annually on about 1,500 acres. Asparagus is a perennial crop, so as soon as the air and soil temperatures warm in the spring, the spears begin shooting up through the soil. Ideal growing conditions are 70 degrees during the day and 50 degrees at night. Under these conditions asparagus can grow up to 6 inches in one day. Farmers plant the crowns, or roots, and after 3 years, farmers can begin to harvest from those plants and can expect to harvest for 5-7 years. After the harvest period ends in mid to late June, the farmers must let the stalks grow into ferns so the perennial plant can get enough energy into its storage roots to do it all over again next year.
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