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Asparagus U-Pick Orchards in Southeastern South Dakota in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for asparagus that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have asparagus orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

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Brookings County

  • Sanderson Gardens - asparagus, pumpkins, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), rhubarb, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, birthday parties, school tours
    47657 US Highway 14, Aurora, SD 57002. Phone: 605-693-4871. Email: Open: When strawberries start we are open everyday 8am to Noon; Call ahead if you are driving very far or want to order picked fruit; Raspberries usually start about the middle of August and go until the first killing frost; Self serve anytime during daylight hours; Pumpkins begin about middle of September and go until Halloween; Self serve anytime during daylight hours. Directions: 4 miles east of Brookings on US Highway 14. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. 47Sanderson Gardens . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. (UPDATED: May 31, 2016, JBS)


Asparagus Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

 Asparagus is one of the first crops to harvest in the early Spring. Asparagus is usually green, but there is a white (blanched) version that has been kept covered until harvested, so no light reaches it, and even a purple version.

Pick your own asparagus

Pick your own asparagus is pretty rare in the U.S., much more common in the U.K. and Europe. U-Pick white asparagus is REALLY hard to find in the U.S. Eckerts in Belleville, Illinois, has it. Eckert's Spargel- German White Asparagus
To pick asparagus, just look for asparagus spears are about 6 to 10 inches above the soil line, are firm, with tightly closed tips.
Then just cut at the base (ground level) or snap each spear; they usually snap off cleanly at the ground level.

Canning, Freezing and Asparagus recipes

Grow your own asparagus (white or green)growing asparagus in july

The Old farmer's Almanac has a good page about how to grow your own asparagus, white or green.  I've been growing it for years.  It's probably the easiest thing you can grow.  And after you harvest in the spring, you let it grow, and it produces 5 ft tall fern-like leaves that make a nice background hedge at the back of the garden. So don't plant it where it will block the sun from other parts of the garden.  The leaves suck up energy from the sun and store it in the roots to produce next Spring;'s crop.



Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
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