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Demand for asparagus up

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. -- The cool and wet weather we've seen earlier this year has affected how crops in our area have grown.

The Columbia Valley Farms asparagus farm and processing plant has been busy trying to catch up after cold weather slowed down their work by damaging crops earlier this year.

As a result, demand has increased over supply. But the demand isn't just for the crops, but the process of making pickled asparagus.

"I think the increase in sales might be from the fact that people are aware of the quality of product. It's a good tasting product and people like it," explains Bryan Lynch, vice president of the company.

Columbia Valley Farms took over foster's pickled asparagus a year ago. The business expanded it's operations and even hired a few more workers to meet demand. But, Lynch says more local growers are needed.