Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve got a new dealer in Maremma. An asparagus dealer. Her name is Irma and she defines herself as an “asparagaia”.
The adjective is interesting since she does not seem to farm anything else. Asparagus grows only for a few weeks every year, so I wonder what she gets up to for the rest of the time. It is not much of a business: there’s no sign. To get the green spears, you can call ahead or just show up at Irma’s house, and then you follow her little dog to a shed out back. She sells wholesale or to those in the know.