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In Michigan, blueberry season is something I look forward to. Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits. Honestly, there is not an easier fruit to freeze and use all year around. Did you know that Michigan leads the United States in blueberry production growing 30 different varieties? These blueberries are grown, harvested and processed by

My eyes lit up when I recently discovered a recipe for Honey Cheesecake, but as I gathered the ingredients I remembered that our honey supply has been severely depleted. Just one, half-full, quart jar of crystalized goodness is all that remains from last season when I helped a local beekeeper care for his hives and

CC photo by VanZandt On Michigan State University’s campus, there are 40 hidden acres.  Throughout the school year, you might find students tossing a Frisbee out there, even though they call it golfing.  The third full week in July however, disc golfers will have to find a new field.  Michigan agriculture sets up shop and hosts the state’s

By Michigan reporter Nicole Heslip Most folks have never been on a farm.  Those that have been to a modern farm in the last 20 years are even fewer.  Now is your chance!  For the last six years, 26 Michigan farms have opened their doors to invite the public for tours, including my own. Three events

By Michigan farmer Maria Brown Finally! After a long winter and soggy spring, planting season has finally arrived. We planted our 40 acres of sugar beets in late May. Ideally, this seed should be put in the ground in early April when the soil is still quite cool. Rain and more rain prevented us from

By Michigan farmer Carla Wardin Calves on our farm are born out in the pasture.  We calve seasonally, which means all of them give birth in the spring and summer.  That way, they can have them outdoors while the weather is still nice for little calves. Our second calf was born today!  After Kris picked

By Michigan reporter Nicole Heslip Dairy farmers are helping to feed the hungry, and so can you! I am so excited that my family’s dairy farm can help in such a big way, simply by farming. All dairy farmers in Michigan, and farmers of 11 other agricultural commodities, contribute to checkoff programs. The dairy checkoff

By Michigan farmer Melanie Block CC photo by S G It may sound a little strange that a teacher is writing a post about teacher appreciation day. This is not a post about me, however. This post is a tribute to the teachers that shaped my decision to follow in their footsteps. I’d like to

Time to celebrate! Michigan’s long-awaited asparagus season is finally here. By Michigan farmer Kathy Siler On the heels of a long brutal winter, perhaps no spring in recent memory has been more eagerly anticipated than this one! With an ice cover still lingering over a good percentage of our Great Lakes, and spring giving Michigan

By Michigan reporter Nicole Heslip CC photo by Sarah Spaulding An early growing season that extended into a late fall in 2013 brought a bumper crop to Michigan’s wine grape growers last year. With higher production numbers than expected, that means I’ll be partaking in higher levels of consumption to enjoy the latest vintages from

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