I was in heaven driving to my friend Taylor’s asparagus farm in Yakima Valley, Washington. The morning was sunny and beautiful, nothing like the stormy day prior — typical Yakima spring weather.
I drove along the two-lane road passing acres and acres of white and pink flowers bursting from fruit trees. There are more trees than cars in the region, and that’s the way I like it.
The brown dust in the open fields had settled following the morning plow — yes, brown is beautiful. It’s a sign that seeds are about to be planted. A lot of effort goes into preparing the soil before a major planting, you know. Farmers just don’t throw down seed and hope for the best!
I love living in the wide-open country in Washington. Don’t get me wrong, living in a city has its benefits (from what I hear), but country living is for me. I don’t know what I like more, nature or people.
Spring is in full swing, so farms across the region are buzzing.
I headed to Taylor’s farm to check out his first asparagus harvest of the season. Taylor, 23, followed in the footsteps of his dad and grandfather. Yakima Valley, if you don’t know, is a major grower of fruits, vegetables, wine grapes and hops, so farmers and pickups are everywhere.
Like most of us who choose to live in the country, Taylor loves being outside. His family farms a thousand-acre field that they lease from the Yakima Indian Tribe.
I arrive at 8 a.m., which is considered late for Taylor, who’s now on harvest time with his days starting at 4:30.
Here’s a look at some of the day’s harvest shots. Taylor supplied the information.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published April 30, 2016 and reposted in honor of asparagus season and marking HAND + SEED’s one- year anniversary telling food stories.