What’s the best way to cook those vegetables you bought last week at the farmers market? How do you select annuals that will make your yard pop with color? Learn about the best that the Great Lakes State has to offer when it comes to things that grow with help from MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh program.
Michigan Fresh helps people explore the state’s bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals. Every week throughout the summer you’ll find information on recommended varieties, storage, food safety and preserving techniques for fruits and vegetables or for planting and maintaining your lawn and garden. Look for the information from early in May to mid-October.
What’s in Season?
MSU Extension has created a handy Michigan Availability Guide so you can know when dozens of popular items are in season throughout the year.
Michigan Fresh Fact Sheets
Looking for our fact sheets? Check them out!
So what do you do with all those Michigan fresh fruits and veggies? MSU Extension educators have some ideas!
Check out more videos for storing and preserving techniques and delicious recipes too: Michigan Fresh on YouTube.
Have a question about food safety?
Ask an Expert is a site where you can get expert answers and help from Cooperative Extension/University staff and volunteers from across Michigan and the United States.
September 27, 2017 | Sarah Rautio | Find out what micronutrients are and why we need to consume them regularly.
September 20, 2017 | Kendra Wills | Using Michigan Fresh foods will impress your friends and family.
August 7, 2017 | Mariel Borgman | Find fresh Michigan-grown sweet corn in August and September.
February 24, 2017 | Jeannie Nichols | Food banks and pantries welcome donations of safe, high-quality fresh produce.
September 8, 2016 | Beth Waitrovich | Fresh herbs can be dried or frozen for use during fall, winter and spring.
August 29, 2016 | Jeannie Nichols | Follow these tips to enjoy fresh tomatoes this season and preserve them safely for later.
August 24, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | Michigan State University Extension’s Michigan Fresh fact sheet on Growing Hops provides advice for budding growers.
August 15, 2016 | Kristine Hahn | Michigan State University Extension personnel and Master Gardener volunteers will staff an information booth at the Detroit Eastern Market this summer and fall.
August 9, 2016 | Zach Robertson | MSU Extension is supporting local food, local farmers and nutrition education.
July 11, 2016 | Christi Demitz | Why Farmer's Markets continue to be a great local choice for getting your groceries.