Welcome to the Plainville Farm blog! This is the place where you can find out what is happening on the farm and get inspiration for how to prepare the delicious produce that you buy. The first recipe is a Plainville Farm standby and a great way to kick off the summer.

Sesame Noodles with Asparagus Tips


¼ cup sesame oil

3 Tbsp. dark sesame oil

7 Tbsp. soy sauce

3 Tbsp. Chinese black or balsamic vinegar

Tbsp. dark brown sugar

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. chili oil

1 Tbsp. minced ginger

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Noodles and asparagus

lb. asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced on a diagonal

(14 oz.) package thin Chinese egg noodles

  scallions, including the firm greens, thinly sliced

  cup sesame seeds, toasted until lightly browned


  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and the asparagus. Cook until bright green and tender but still firm, just a few minutes. Scoop the asparagus out, rinse it under cold water, and set on a towel to dry.
  3. Pull the noodles apart with your fingers, add them to the boiling water, and give them a quick stir. Boil until tender but not overly soft, tasting them often as they cook. It should take only a few minutes. Pour the noodles into a colander and immediately rinse under cold water. Shake off the excess water.
  4. Toss the noodles with all the marinade and most of the scallions, sesame seeds, and asparagus. Mound them in a bowl or on a platter, then garnish with the remaining asparagus, scallions, and sesame seeds.

 Recipe from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison