Crop Spot

Crop Spot: Asparagus

During Michigan springtime, one of the first vegetables you’ll find available in your garden and at the farmers market is asparagus! This versatile veggie can be prepared in a variety of ways: raw, steamed, grilled, roasted, or sautéed, which makes it a great choice for an easy and healthy addition to any meal. Keep your […]

Crop Spot: Beets

Beets deserve the spotlight for their funky exterior and sweet flavor alone, but add to that their superfood level nutrition, versatility in the kitchen and hearty growing characteristics and it’s easy to see that they’re a truly incredible vegetable. Past enjoying them in the kitchen, you can also use for dying fabrics and for Valentine’s […]

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Crop Spot: Rutabaga

Rutabaga is an underappreciated winter root vegetable, often just noted for its funny name. While it may not seem special compared to other winter delights like potatoes and beets, rutabaga provides some memories of spring turnips. Rutabaga is a Brassica, related to some other winter favorites like cabbage, kale, and collard greens. Until the 20th […]

Crop Spot: Potatoes

I’m a potato kind of person. Not only is the tuber ingrained in my personal heritage of a Midwestern girl with Irish ancestry, I am one to know where to get the best fry in town, and be absolutely comforted by a mashed potato ‘volcano’ with gravy spilling over the side.

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Crop Spot: Pumpkins

Each year, I look for the Great Pumpkin at every farm stand, at every grocery store, and in every field. I love to collect different varieties of these joyful gourds. They find their way into recipes and onto my doorstep, and spark so much joy. So what should we know about the Cucurbitaceae family of […]

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Crop Spot: Tomatoes

It’s tomato season and tomatoes are everywhere! There are dozens of varieties of tomatoes, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors—even purple! Easy to grow and even easier to eat in a variety of different ways, Tomato season is certainly something to celebrate!

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Crop Spot: Fennel

A member of the Umbelliferae family, fennel is a cooler season vegetable crop related to carrots, dill, parsley, and cilantro. It has a mild, sweet licorice (or anise) flavor with broad appeal, even among black licorice avoiders. In the Garden: Fennel, a native to Mediterranean climates, prefers full sun and well drained soil for growing. […]

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Crop Spot: Blueberries

Blueberries, a member of the heather family, are native to Michigan and can be found growing in prairies, woodlands, rocky bluffs, sand dunes and bogs across the state. Most Michiganders, however, don’t forage for these tasty treats but instead get them from our state’s nearly 600 blueberry farms- most of which are in the Southwest […]

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