Aspire to Asparagus

Nothing says spring like sweet, local asparagus displayed outside our stores.

These stalks, delicious and nutritious, are grown locally for us by two treasure Ohio-based farming friends.

Meet the Growers
Jon Branstrator is one of our excellent local farmers who brings us luscious asparagus this time of year with a slightly purple tint on the tips. It’s absolutely stunning! We wouldn’t blame you if you left it displayed in a bowl on your kitchen table until you were ready to enjoy.

Jon’s farm is located in Clarksville, Ohio, and for many years he has been providing us with this gorgeous asparagus. While in season, it’s picked daily in John’s field and then delivered to our Produce departments every day (yep, you read that correctly).

This farm-fresh asparagus has become so popular that we now source it from two local farmers. The second farmer being Rich Eshleman who is located in Clyde, Ohio, near the Great Lakes. Rich has a very large, beautiful farm that is loaded with fields of wonderful green stalks of asparagus. We are grateful to enjoy this nutrient-rich vegetable locally from both Rich and Jon.

Why Aspire to Asparagus?
Asparagus is a very low-calorie vegetable that contains moderate levels of dietary fiber. Fresh asparagus stalks can be a good source of antioxidants, and there is no asparagus fresher than what we receive from our farmers on a daily basis.

Beyond that, asparagus is incredibly versatile as its spears can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sautéed, stir-fried, or mixed with vegetables, beans, poultry or seafood. Another way to devour these delicious stalks is to steam and serve with citrus hollandaise sauce, melted butter, Pecorino Romano, or shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. There’s also nothing better than the simple pleasure of throwing a handful of stalks on the grill with some local shiitake mushrooms—it’s a must-eat local spring treat.
So as you look to transition your plate to local offerings, come Aspire to Asparagus with DLM.

Ray Brentlinger: A Sweet Corn Sensation

The local food movement is a powerful, beautiful thing. So much that it has elevated New Carlisle, Ohio-based farmer Ray Brentlinger and his non-GMO sweet corn to star status here in Dayton. We barely have to whisper the name “Brentlinger” and mouths start to water as it’s synonymous with the summer staple that Ray brings to our stores. So what makes Brentlinger sweet corn so good?

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