These long green stalks are a favorite of many and are one of the state’s first crops to appear in the spring. They are fresh from late April through June and boast a variety of health benefits. Most Michigan asparagus is grown near the Lake Michigan shoreline, where moderate temperatures and soils are ideal.

Michigan asparagus facts:

  • Michigan ranks second in the nation for asparagus production and acreage, producing up to 21 million pounds each year.
  • Oceana County boasts the greatest volume of asparagus production, but there is also significant production in Southwest Michigan.
  • 50% of Michigan asparagus is processed.
  • The total annual value of Michigan’s asparagus crop is around $20 million when leaving the farm, and the value soars to $30 million after packing and processing.
  • There are approximately 10,000 acres of asparagus harvested in Michigan each year

Nutrition:

  • Among vegetables, asparagus is the leading supplier of folic acid
  • Asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol
  • Asparagus provides potassium, fiber, vitamin B6 and glutathione
  • There is only one milligram of sodium per 100 grams of cooked asparagus

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