• Washington Fresh Asparagus Now Available at Stores & Local Restaurants! 04.23.18


    The local Washington asparagus season has begun!


    Nearly 100 asparagus farmers in Eastern Washington have begun their harvest, packing the first of fresh Washington State asparagus. Last year, 21 million pounds of Washington asparagus were harvested, making Washington State the largest grower of asparagus in the United States!


    During April, May and June asparagus takes over the culinary spotlight throughout the Northwest! Shoppers have access to asparagus all year long due to international imports, but with much fewer road miles and transit time from farm to market, the local product offers fresher flavor and better quality than imported asparagus. Plus you are supporting our local farmers, so make sure your asparagus is labeled Washington and if not, ask your produce department.



    Did you know? Asparagus is labor intensive, accounting for 60 percent of the cost of asparagus. An asparagus farmer must harvest his or her fields of asparagus every day of the season. Because the fragile spears rise from the earth in different places daily and are relatively fragile, each one must be individually hand-cut from the ground.


    Washington State’s asparagus industry also offers the USDA Grade “Washington Extra Fancy” asparagus, which is a superior product that offers the best possible quality of asparagus. Another favorite in the Washington asparagus industry is Jumbo Asparagus. Jumbo asparagus doesn’t differ in flavor but has thicker stalks and a heartier texture, excellent for grilling! Shoppers are encouraged to #stalkup on Extra Fancy and Jumbo asparagus at Metropolitan Markets throughout Western Washington! And if you’re near Spokane pick up your asparagus at My Fresh Basket.



    In addition to Washington asparagus hitting grocery stores, dozens of Seattle and Eastside restaurants have fresh Washington asparagus on their menus with unique and delicious dishes such as Asparagus Caesar at Cantina Leña, Chicken Piccata with Grilled Washington Asparagus at Agrodolce, Washington Asparagus with Lemon Brown Butter at Lark, Braised Oregon Rabbit with Washington Asparagus and Green Garlic Cavatelli at RN74 and more.


    Local Restaurants with Fresh Washington Asparagus dishes include:



    Belltown Brewing

    Brave Horse Tavern

    Brimmer & Heeltap

    Café Juanita

    Cantina Lena


    Dahlia Lounge



    Local 360 Café & Bar




    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Rhein Haus (Seattle & Tacoma)



    The Carlile Room


    Wandering Goose


    Additionally, check out Washington asparagus featured in Alaska Beyond Magazine, Seattle Kitchen Radio Show and 425 Magazine this past month!



    Asparagus packs great health benefits. It is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C and is among the best vegetable sources for folate (a prenatal staple to help prevent birth defects) and glutathione (an anti-carcinogen and antioxidant). It contains no fat, no cholesterol and is very high in fiber. For home cooks, asparagus offers versatility: steamed, simmered, roasted, grilled, sautéed or wok-fried. For recipes, cooking tips and nutrition information go to


    Lastly, to enjoy all of the delicious and healthful benefits of asparagus head to the Tri-Cities May 12 for the Asparagus Fest & Brews in Pasco! Learn about asparagus while having some fun with live music, brews and sampling a variety of asparagus concoctions (asparagus ice cream, anyone?!). Enjoy music from Knutzen Brothers and Badlandz, sip brews at the Watering Hole, sample a variety of Asparagus delicacies–deep fried, grilled, and pickled. Meet the farmer on a hayride tour of an operational asparagus farm to learn where your food comes from, and walk away with some fresh asparagus! Plus play around on Middleton’s jumping pillow, human foosball and other great games, and asparagus eating contests. Asparagus themed dinner will be available for purchase from local restaurants.


    The 2018 Asparagus Fest & Brews will be held May 12th at Middleton Six Sons Farms from 5-10pm for only $10 admission. We’ll see you there!!


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  • Dry Fly releases Washington’s first bourbon 07.28.11



    Fundraiser and First Taste Release August 5; Retail August 6

    In a state that is quickly growing with handcrafted distilleries, Dry Fly Distilling, the state’s first craft distillery since prohibition, is paving the way once again with the first Washington state produced bourbon. Dry Fly bourbon, aged for three years and with limited production, will be released in Spokane on July 30 and in Seattle on August 6. Longtime Dry Fly charity affiliates, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure, will partner in a special release event and auction fundraiser on August 5 at the Mayflower Park Hotel in Seattle.

    The long awaited release of Dry Fly bourbon reflects a three year aging process in American Oak and a limited, 480 bottle production. The bourbon is produced with only Washington state products, which continues the Dry Fly company philosophy of local farm to bottle production. This unique bourbon with its quality viscosity has bold palate appeal and a strong finish balanced with hints of Madagascar vanilla and intricate spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and dried orange peel. The approachability of this 101 proof bourbon is found in its makeup of 60% corn, 20% malted barley and 20% malted wheat. Dry Fly Bourbon will retail only at Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane and Interbay Liquor Store in Seattle with each location allotted 240 bottles. Dry Fly Bourbon will retail for $64.95.

    In anticipation of the bourbon, Master Distillers and Dry Fly owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth will be holding a First Taste Bourbon Release Event on Friday, August 5, at the Mayflower Park Hotel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event will focus around the first taste of Dry Fly Bourbon, which every attendee is guaranteed. The release event is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure, both child-focused non-profits. A Dry Fly Bourbon package with a bottle of bourbon, specialty glassware, a flask, etc. will be auctioned off for charity. A raffle will also be held with ten winners receiving a guaranteed bottle of Dry Fly Bourbon, reserved just for them. Specialty hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails made with Dry Fly gin, vodka and whiskey will be included in the partially tax deductible $75 ticket. Reservations are required by emailing Tickets can be purchased at the door or at Mayflower Park Hotel is located at 405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101.

    Dry Fly Distilling will be giving away two tickets to its August 5 First Taste Bourbon Release to the most unique bourbon cocktail recipe submitted to their Facebook page through Sunday, July 31. One winner will be selected and given two tickets to the event.

    Bourbon enthusiasts can purchase Dry Fly Bourbon in three ways:
    1) July 30, 8 a.m. – Spokane release event at Dry Fly Distilling, 1003 E Trent # 200, Spokane, WA 99202. One bottle limit per person.

    2) August 6, 10 a.m. – Interbay Liquor Store, 1827 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119. Master distillers and owners Kent Fleischmann and Don Poffenroth will be on-site to sign bottles and raffle Dry Fly giveaways. Customers are encouraged to arrive early; only 240 bottle available.

    3) August 6, 3 p.m. – For those that want a guaranteed bottled of Dry Fly Bourbon, the highly collectible Barrel #1, Batch #1, Bottles 1-6 signed by the distiller, will auctioned off online to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure. Additional auction details:

    Discover distilled difference with Dry Fly gin, vodka, whiskey and bourbon. Produced in Washington state using only local, sustainable ingredients and farm to bottle production, Dry Fly craft distilled products are available in 43 states and Canada. Dry Fly Distilling is located at 1003 E. Trent, #200, Spokane, WA, 99202. For more, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

    About Ronald McDonald House Charities and Casting 4 A Cure

    The mission of both charities is to help families with ill children. The Ronald McDonald House provides lodging and support services for families traveling to Spokane seeking specialized medical care for their ill children. Casting 4 A Cure supports research to benefit families affected by Rett Syndrome. For more information on these charities: and

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