If you’re anything like me, the idea of an Asparagus Festival may have brought a whimsical smile to your face. As an asparagus lover, it hadn’t occurred to me since living in Germany (they take asparagus or “spargel” VERY seriously there) that the stalky green vegetable was something people celebrated. Oh, how naïve I was. This week, we’ll be shining a spotlight once again on Middleton Farms, the local Pasco outfit that’s made a name for itself by hosting popular festivals on their beautiful, sprawling property. The “Asparagus Fest and Brews” has become increasingly popular in recent years, and the Middletons use it as an opportunity to pay tribute to their heritage by celebrating the crop that started their farm to kick-off the agricultural season.


The Asparagus Festival is expected to take place on May 13th, 2023, at the Middleton Farms (1050 Pasco Kahlotus Rd, 99301). This year, the event is being sponsored and presented by Gesa Credit Union, which should make for a higher-budget production value. In years past, the farm has been spectacularly manicured, and several food carts were able to set up on the property. This year, we’re expecting even more entertainment options to make your experience as exciting as possible. If the festival sounds attractive, you can read more detailed information and purchase tickets at the Middleton’s official website here.


Okay, on to the meat of the festival (bad pun, I know). Asparagus has been nicknamed the “King of Vegetables,” and for good reason: it’s rich in vitamins A and C, loaded with healthy minerals, and packed full of folic acid. The fibrous vegetable has been shown to promote a healthy gut and even help regulate blood pressure. For these reasons, asparagus is considered a healthy addition to any diet, and has seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. Furthermore, some of the best asparagus in the world is grown right here in the Columbia River Basin, adding an additional layer of importance to the operations at Middleton Farms.


If you’re looking for entertainment options in May and don’t want to leave the Tri-Cities, look no further than the Middleton’s Asparagus Festival. With live music, field tours, food carts, and activities for the whole family, you’d be hard-pressed to leave the festival without having some fun. For more reading about Middleton Farms and their special events, check out our article from last year detailing the Fall Festival.

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