It’s asparagus season once again so we took a trip to the Lewis Farm property to buy a bag of these tasty goodies. After all, what could be nicer than freshly cooked asparagus dripping with butter, or perhaps smothered in cheese sauce? The factory was in full swing, clattering away as the asparagus traveled along the lines as it was washed, sorted and graded. Then packed into bags waiting for the happy customers to come and purchase. I believe a lot of the crop is also sent overseas.
Asparagus is not the only crop grown here. Recently the company has added several huge tunnel houses to grow strawberries and raspberries. And with some of that fruit they make and sell soft serve fruit ice-cream. Just what Robin fancied! I decided on a lovely barista coffee instead.
Enjoying his ice-cream
On the way back through town we stopped to have a look at a huge cat mural which had appeared a while ago. I walked over to take a photo but couldn't see a name on the painting. Mind you, there were cars parked in front and a container down the far end, so it could well have ben covered up.
Cat mural in town
I asked Mr Google and he gave me the answer. This amazing 5mt by 20mt mural painted on the side of the Novus Glass building in Oxford St was the work of SwiftMantis of Palmerston North, and took three weeks to paint. Commissioned by the Horowhenua District Council and the funding for the mural comes under council's recently adopted Community and Social Development Action plan. The star of the artwork is local cat Niko, a rescue who now lives on a feijoa orchard just out of town, and the perspective of the Tararua Ranges is from directly above his home near Potts Rd.