Jersey fresh: Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of NJ shipping asparagus to Boston
New Jersey has historically done a poor job of celebrating and marketing its history and traditions.
And asparagus is a wildly underrated vegetable.
I know those two sentences seem to have little to do with one another, but both factors help explain why New Jersey has never properly celebrated its place as one of the nation's top asparagus producers.
But those days are over.
This weekend in Gloucester County, the Harrison Township Historical Society is holding the first Asparagus Festival. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of a unique moment in agriculture: the first-ever airplane delivery of fresh produce in United States history.
Yes, 100 years ago a group of South Jersey farmers shipped 1,000 pounds of fresh Jersey asparagus by airplane to Boston.
On the latest segment of Brian's Positively New Jersey, I speak with the organizers of the event and visit an asparagus farm to do my part to try and give this great, amazingly delicious vegetable its proper place in the sun.
The festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Town Hall Museum on South Main Street in Mullica Hill.