The Ontario Table

For Lynn, food, wine and travel are a delicious way to communicate that personal ‘sense of place’ that exists in each destination.

Roasted Riesling Asparagus

Lynn Ogryzlo, Author, The Ontario Table

If you live on an asparagus patch, you can pick it fresh and eat it straight from the ground. The flavour is unmistakably sweet pea with a kiss of honey. If you can’t get asparagus within 24 hours of picking, steaming briefly will bring out the best of fresh Ontario asparagus. Try this unique recipe. If you’re like me and you eat asparagus every day in season, you’ll enjoy a change of taste.

• 1 bundle just-harvested asparagus
• ½ cup – 1 cup (125 – 250 mL) dry Riesling
• Ontario salt

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Wash asparagus, snap off and discard tough ends. In a small roasting pan place the asparagus in one layer. Pour the wine to ¼-inch deep. The asparagus should not be submerged in the wine, but should be sitting in a generous puddle of wine. Season generously with salt. Roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Niagara Cooks, a seasonal attitude by Lynn Ogryzlo (Epulum Books, $24.95)
Available at Chapters and Indigo stores.

Meet an asparagus farmer.

Red Barn Berries & Veggies

Sue and Don Hilborn are market gardeners who have a very diverse farming operation. You can buy asparagus, sugar snap and shelling peas and yellow and green beans direct from their farm market store. They also have a greenhouse where they grow hydroponic lettuce and salad greens; culinary herbs and a variety of vine-ripened tomatoes. They also have a pick-your-own strawberry operation for a true farm and country experience. Get out there and meet a new farmer! You’ll find the Hilborn’s at the Downtown Woodstock Farmers’ Market, Museum Square on Thursdays from 2 to 6, at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market at the Woodstock Fairgrounds on Saturdays from 7 am to noon and at the Stratford Farmers’ Market at the Stratford Fairgrounds on Saturdays from 7 to noon. www.redbarnberries.com
744716 County Road #17, Woodstock