The Year is 1998. The Ely Family is sitting around the kitchen table in rural Grafton, Nebraska. The task, figure out a great FFA Project for son, Neal Ely. That is where the idea was born. Of course, Asparagus! They could grow it, and they could pickled it! It was the family’s favorite vegetable, and on top of that, Neal’s mom, Tami Ely, had developed a stellar pickled asparagus recipe during spring canning season years earlier, that was a family favorite.
And so the idea was born. Ely Farms began growing fresh asparagus, and Tami Ely’s recipe was developed into Ely Farms Pickled Asparagus spears with the help of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Ely’s began selling the pickled asparagus in their hometown grocery store in Sutton, Nebraska. Today, over 15 years later, the product can be found in locations state-wide, with a market that continues to grow.