Searching for Delta asparagus

Delta asparagus awaits packaging at the Kings Crown packing shed. Photo by Clifford Oto

Update: Beyond just grocery stores, here’s a new story listing other places you can still get the good stuff.

This month’s story on the steepening decline of Delta asparagus left out one important thing:

Where can you still find it around here?

I’ve spent the past several days trying to find out, sampling a dozen major grocery stores in Stockton. The labels can be confusing, and the source of the asparagus isn’t always entirely clear; if anyone has specific knowledge about any of these locations and would like to provide clarification, please reach out to me and I will update this list.

Here’s what I found:

• Food 4 Less, March Lane. Asparagus from Mexico. $1.99/pound.

• Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Pacific Avenue: Asparagus from Mexico. $1.99/pound.

• WinCo Foods, March Lane: Asparagus from Mexico. $1.98/pound.

• Smart & Final, Hammer Lane: Asparagus from Mexico. Labeled says “Americas Asparagus” with image of North and South America. $1.99/pound.

• Trader Joe’s: Asparagus from Mexico. $2.49/12 ounces or $3.99/12 ounces for organic.  Microwavable container from Mexico and Peru for $3.49.

• Rancho San Miguel: Asparagus from Mexico. $2.99/pound.

• Save Mart, Quail Lakes Drive: Asparagus from Mexico. $3.99/pound.

• Safeway, Pacific Avenue. Asparagus labeled as a “product of the USA” but no additional information given. Safeway did not respond to request for clarification. $3.99/pound.

• Raley’s, Morada Lane: Some asparagus labeled as a “product of the USA” and some from Mexico. Distributed by Stockton-based Grower Direct Marketing, which does handle some Delta asparagus. $2.99/pound. Organic California asparagus for $5.99/pound.

• Walmart, Trinity Parkway: Asparagus labeled as “California grown” but no additional information given. Walmart did not respond to request for clarification. $1.97/pound.

• Marina Marketplace, Benjamin Holt Drive: Asparagus labeled “product of the USA” but no specific location given. Two bundles for $3.

• Podesto’s: “Delta Queen” asparagus from Stockton-based Klein Family Farms. $3.49/pound. Organic asparagus grown in Capay, west of Woodland, for $4.99/pound.

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