Scottish asparagus growers commended in Parliament

Two Renfrewshire farmers' success in growing the west of Scotland's first ever commercial asparagus crop has been acknowledged in the Scottish Parliament.

Robert Ritchie of Barrangary Farm and James Mackie of Barnhill Farm are meeting demand from upmarket Scottish restaurants for the asparagus, which is served the day after harvesting.

West of Scotland MSP Annabel Goldie, a former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party and a Renfrewshire resident, put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament on 2 May proposing that it "considers this to be an exciting example of agricultural diversity, quality Scottish food production and, given that they are located in the west of Scotland and as asparagus does not like rain, a commendable demonstration of entrepreneurial innovation".

The two farmers formed a business partnership last year, planting 30,000 crowns on 1.5ha of south-facing elevated land. Branded as "Albaragus" from the Gaelic name for Scotland, Alba, the spears are distributed by marketing and distribution company Fresh Direct.


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