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Did you know Southwest Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse region in the United States? That’s mainly because Lake Michigan keeps our climate moderate so by May we start seeing fresh, locally grown vegetables and flowers appearing in our area farmers’ markets and garden centers. Here’s what to keep an eye out for as you tour our beautiful, greening countryside:

Asparagus: It is best when it's fresh-snapped from the field just like you'll find it at our local on-the-farm and community markets. Here are some tips on making the most of this nutritional powerhouse vegetable.

Flowers (annuals): Roadside stands and greenhouses dot our countryside. Pick up pots and flats of colorful plants to brighten your deck, yard or Southwest Michigan cottage.

Rhubarb: May is the best time of year to get this tart vegetable (often labeled as a fruit). Try out some of our local restaurants’ dessert creations or create your own.

Radishes: This low-calorie, peppery root vegetable is a source of fiber and creates a nice crunch in salads and sandwiches.

This is just the start of deliciousness coming to farmers’ markets in Southwest Michigan. Check out this handy harvest chart to see when other fruits and veggies will be in season. There are bushels of reasons to come back month after month!

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