A family business specialising in Asparagus and combinable crops.

Green Asparagus

About


Situated on the beautiful National Trust Dudmaston Estate where some of our asparagus fields and historic parkland can be seen from the grounds of Dudmaston Hall itself. We are a father and daughter partnership with 30 years experience in growing asparagus. Our customers range from restaurants and hotels, farm shops and delis through to larger retailers such as Waitrose.

We are members of several farm assurance schemes including LEAF Marque (Linking Environment and Farming), Assured Combinable Crops, Red Tractor Farm Assurance Fresh Produce and the Waitrose Farm Audit. We are also part of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme which aims to deliver significant environmental benefits in priority areas. It involves complex environmental management requiring support and advice from local advisers, to achieve a wide range of environmental benefits over a ten year period.

Our asparagus harvest at Lodge Farm usually starts in early April but is extremely weather dependent. We continue cutting until the 21st of June before allowing the crop to grow into fern. We grow a number of different varieties to produce both early and late season green asparagus. We also grow two unusual and stunning varieties of crimson or purple asparagus.

All of our asparagus is traditionally cut by hand. We use both English and Polish labour to cut the crop and each worker uses an electrically powered buggy to ride on whilst using a serrated knife to cut each individual spear below the ground.

Our entire crop is cut every day to ensure freshness and quality. We pride ourselves on a ‘field to fork’ timescale of 48 hours! Asparagus has a huge number of nutritional and health benefits.

Picking Asparagus

Crimson Tip Asparagus

Purple Asparagus

Stockists


Shops

  • Ludlow Food Centre
  • Farmer’s, Ludlow
  • Churncote Farm Shop
  • Greenfield’s Farm Shop
  • Quatt Farm Shop
  • Rushmere Farm Shop & Stores
  • Beaman’s Butcher, Low Town Bridgnorth
  • Apley Farm Shop

  • F C Roberts and Son, Kingswinford
  • Bradshaw’s Farm Shop, Perton
  • Grange Farm, Hilton
  • Top Shop, Bridgnorth
  • Tony Jervis, Bridgnorth Market
  • Weston Park Granary Shop
  • Cartwright’s, Albrighton
  • Lee’s Farm Shop, Claverley Davenport House, Worfield
  • Sandiacre Farmshop & Nurseries, Wombourne

  • Webbs Of Wychbold
  • Battlefield 1403, Shrewsbury

Restaurants

  • The Hundred House Hotel, Norton
  • The King’s Head, Bridgnorth
  • The Hop Pole, Bewdley
  • The Crown at Munslow
  • Bear and Ragged Staff

You can also find us at Ludlow Spring Festival and Weston Park.

Recipes


How To Cook (taken from British AGA)

To boil:

Place in a large pan of boiling water and cook for 3-6 minutes until just tender.

To steam:

Lay spears in a large pan or frying pan. Pour over 1cm of boiling water. Cover and steam for 3-6 minutes until just tender.

To roast:

Pre heat oven to 200 c. Roast on a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkling of sea salt for 10-20 minutes depending on thickness of spears. The stems should just be soft and the tips a little crunchy.

To chargrill:

Lightly oil the spears with oil of your choice. Place on a hot griddle over a high heat for 3-5 minutes turning occasionally to cook evenly.

To barbecue:

Over a medium heat, place asparagus directly onto the grill. Brush with a little olive oil and cook gently until tender and slightly charred to produce a quite different and nutty flavour.

Stir Frying & Sautéing

Best using finer spears, chop the asparagus roughly. Heat a little oil in a wok until smoking. App the chopped spears and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender. Why not try using a little sesame oil or finishing with soy suace, honey and garlic.

Salad

Purple or crimson asparagus is perfect for salads. Naturally sweeter and more tender than the green asparagus it is beautiful simply chopped and tossed into any salad. If using a green variety then it is best lightly blanched before serving.

Storing Asparagus

Always wash asparagus to remove any grit remaining from the light sandy soil in which it is grown.

Store upright in the fridge in a plastic bag with a few drops of cold water in the bottom to keep spears fresh.

Green Asparagus

Blonde Asparagus

Wet Asparagus

Crimson Asparagus