|RED jetty cleanup highlights this week’s outdoor menu
The Sportsman's Report
This Saturday, March 9, is the annual Redwood Empire Divers jetty cleanup and party. The underwater part is hauling broken crab rings and trash people have dropped in the water.
The above-water part is boiling the fresh crabs without getting your finger in the pincer. RED is well known for its spectacular potlucks, lots of seafood and land food. For more information, e-mail event coordinator Jerry Thorman at email@example.com or just show up ready to dive.
Guests of divers are welcome, so bring something for the potluck and meet folks who love to dive and party.
Abalone season opens the first of April, get in the lap pool and tune up your gear. Also, get ready for the better part of $80 going to the state Department of Fish and Game because your old fishing license expired January first.
The asparagus tip
Next on the wild menu is wild asparagus. It grows in the ditches and byways of the delta and is yours for the picking.
Some folks say wild asparagus tastes better than domestic or commercial tips, but it all tastes the same to me.
If you love this green, you are in luck because it has already started growing in the wild. For those looking to make a day or a weekend of it, the official Asparagus Festival is in Stockton on April 26-28.
This is a huge event that benefits nonprofits in the area. There are some odd things made with the stalks, starting with asparagus ice cream. Lightly breaded and deep-fried is one of the most popular.
I like it most anyway I can get it. One of my favorites is steamed until just barely tender and immersed in ice water to stop the cooking. Use them as a cold appetizer with a selection of garlicky Aioli, Thousand Island dressing or straight up mayonnaise.
Nothing could be easier, short of ripping open a bag of chips and slapping down some dip. Go to: www.asparagusfest.com or do a search for wild asparagus and choose an area you want to know more about.
I clicked on “finding and transplanting wild asparagus” which took me to a YouTube video. I watched a nine-minute episode named “Part 5,” and the info bar listed 12 episodes.
Good luck with staying awake through all of them.
Bill Hanson is a Sonoma County native and a lifelong sportsman. He is the former president of the Sonoma County Mycological Association. Look for his column in The Community Voice each week.