ALLLLLLLL Aboard. On May 22nd 2015, I got on the Asparabus and headed to Norfolk County to learn about Asparagus. Normally, the thought of a farm and spending a day outside is not something that I would be interested in BUT, because Foodies on Foot who has the most incredible person in charge organized this event, I knew it would be an amazing experience.
Steven was sweet enough to start my day off with a Nutella Croissant from Bar Buca. All I needed was to hear Nutella, and I knew this was going to be a fantastic day. Ok, yes, I dropped it on my shirt as soon as I took a bite into it, but, after arriving in Norfolk, my thoughts of a stain sweatshirt disappeared. Norfolk, ladies and gentlemen is beautiful.
We began the day at the Welsh Brothers Farm. Here, we learned how Asparagus was picked, grown and yes, we even got to pick it out of the ground and eat it raw. Yes, I tried it. And yes, I really liked it. I was amazed at how difficult it is to actually maintain and grow Asparagus. The weather needs to be just right; the height of the Asparagus needs to be at least 9 inches before it is picked. Yes, 9 inches! Huge right?! LOL. Listen, all I needed to here was 9 inches and I had so much admiration for these farmers. Ha-ha.
Next stop, Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery. Now, I have to use this word…WOWWWWWW. This place is so beautiful and peaceful. We were treated like royalty. We lunched outside and got the extreme pleasure of meeting The Fairly Fat Guys’ who not only grilled Asparagus and BBQ pork for us but also made fun of me for wearing a complete Toronto Maple Leafs Outfit. Well, Steven suggested we bring a hat, and this girl only has Toronto Maple Leafs hats, so, that’s what I wore. LOL. Listen, I have no problems talking about my Leafs but after I saw the lunch prepared by Chef Tracy Winkworth and her students, I just wanted food. LOL.
Food was not all I had at this amazing Estate. Oh yes, this girl fell in love with Apple Cherry Cider. When I was first handed a glass, I thought it was juice and drank it really fast. LOL. OK, I gulped it down quickly. My head started to spin and I knew it wasn’t because of all the hockey talk. LOL. I realized that I just drank wine. Ha-ha. AND for 5$ I got to take a bottle home, spectacular.
Now, that was not all I got to take home. I would like to thank the Welsh Brothers Farm for the 11lbs of Asparagus, the Norfolk County for their hospitality, and Bonnieheath Estate for the incredible food, and cookbook. And Steven Hellman from Foodies on Foot for an incredible day, and fantastic experience. My family is still eating Asparagus…LOL. If you get a chance to visit Norfolk County, get into your car and take that road trip. It is an amazing place to see. If you doubt what I am saying, take a look at my pictures, and you will see that it’s not just the cider that made me love Norfolk. The people, the views and the country air were amazing.
Until next time boys and girls…” remember, to always just be yourself, it will eventually one day pay off…”