Growing asparragus... Bullshit! The surface atmospheric presure on Mars is only 0.7% of that of Earth so most, if not all, animal and vegetal cells will burst; nevermind the lack of sun shine and freezing temperatures. Talk about hype.
You're right about the hype.
But Phoenix has so far not detected organic carbon - considered an essential building block of life.
Funny how this didn't get any hype