Husband and wife Geoff and Liz have been growing asparagus and supplying New Zealand food grocers since 1980 and now their son Cam and his wife co-own the business with them.
They grow several varieties of asparagus, including purple asparagus, and all are grown within 20km of their packhouse, in Himitangi, Foxton and Poroutawhao areas. The geographical spread of crops provides some protection against isolated climatic events.
The Tendertips Asparagus season is typically 100 days, from mid September till Christmas and occasionally they will have a small amount of asparagus to sell from January to March.
Tendertips Asparagus is delivered and sold daily to food grocers throughout New Zealand. They also export to Japan. Their Japanese customers enjoy the sweet flavour profile of our asparagus as well as the fresh quality. They have received feedback that their asparagus is the sweetest in the world and they put this down to the temperate growing climate of the Horowhenua.
They have also more recently diversified into strawberry growing in polytunnels under their new brand Lewis Farm.
You can find Tendertips Asparagus and Lewis Farm Strawberries, when in season, in the Moore Wilson's Fresh Markets.