English asparagus is a superstar of the local food scene. English asparagus is hailed by chefs as the best in the world. Our climate allows the stems to develop slowly, producing a full, sweet flavour and a fine, tender texture. Lots of Surrey's farm shops and grocery stores stock it. The asparagus season officially starts on St George's Day, April 23, but many farm shops such as Priory Farm at South Nutfield have it in stock earlier than that.