Michigan Asparagus Marketed by Riveridge Produce Begins
- by Alexis Schreiber
SPARTA, MI - Riveridge Produce will once again be marketing Michigan asparagus for Ridgeview Orchards and Shafer Lake, which represent some of the largest family-owned growers in the state. Michigan asparagus is a quick six- to seven-week season that starts in Southwest Michigan near Dowagiac and then dominates the landscape near the northern Lower Peninsula’s lakeshore in Hart and Ludington.
“As soon as those spears start coming up, we have officially kicked off the summer produce season in Michigan,” said Trish Taylor, Account Manager for Riveridge Produce. “Michigan is the second most agriculturally-diverse state in the country and the second largest asparagus producer. But it’s a short season—so now is the time for consumers to enjoy that local asparagus.”
According to a press release, the state is the second highest asparagus producing state in the country, reaping the benefits of nearby Lake Michigan with its sandy yet nutrient-rich soil.
Michigan Asparagus marketed by Riveridge Produce will be available in the following configurations for the 2019 Season:
- One-pound bundles with a Riveridge, Michigan-grown tag, available in 11 lb and 28 lb carton configurations
- One-pound bags, featuring a quick recipe on the back of the packaging
- Two-pound plus bags; ideal for family cookouts, canning, and freezing to extend the Michigan asparagus season
- 12 oz microwave-in-bag; simply snip the corner and toss in the microwave for two to three minutes for a quick, healthy side dish
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