February 9, 2021

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…

January 22, 2021

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…

December 9, 2020

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…

October 21, 2020

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…

September 16, 2020

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…

August 18, 2020

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)…

July 14, 2020

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.…

June 24, 2020

Crop Spot: Snap Peas

Snap peas are a legume which means they are in the family of incredible plants that can “fix” nitrogen gas from the atmosphere into a usable form in…

May 25, 2020

A Guide to Ramps

Utterly lacking in morels? Don’t despair — it’s also ramp season. Also called wild leek, wild garlic or even spring onion, a ramp is the best of both…

May 20, 2020

Crop Spot: Mushrooms

Did you know that there are three main types of mushrooms? Saprophytic (the kind most commonly grown), parasitic, and mycorrhizal. Saprophytic mushrooms eat dead and decomposing matter, parasitic…