I love asparagus, but not at nine dollars a pound. Spring is right around the corner. A good indicator is when the farmers market has locally grown asparagus. The end of February and the beginning of March these luscious spears of spring arrive announcing the warmer weather to come. We visited the Marin Farmers Market this morning and found some of the very first asparagus. To my shock it was priced at nine dollars a pound. It is time to draw the line. Maybe somebody will pay that but not I. We opted for some very sweet shelling peas. They will go perfect with the corned beef we are smoking as I type. Spring is almost here.