This first story comes by way of family tradition. Dennis, a native of southwestern Minnesota, recently relived a late spring ritual in the wide-open spaces near his family home. In a bittersweet role reversal, he led his aging father on a hunt for spring asparagus.
"My dad grew up picking wild asparagus with his father, scouring the ditches along the gravel roads that line the farmlands near Lynd, Minnesota. You can spot it as you drive, if you spy the tall spikes that shoot up from the plants on the verge of going to seed."