Mich. asparagus farmers increase sales to fresh markets

05/18/2014 | Packer (Lenexa, Kan.), The

Asparagus growers in Michigan recently began shipping their crops, and nearly half of the 2014 crop will be sold fresh at supermarkets, up from 40% last year, according to Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board Executive Director John Bakker. The boost in fresh shipments, rather than shipments to the processed market, is due to an increase in consumer demand for locally grown, fresh produce. The fresh-asparagus market in Michigan has seen annual double-digit growth and has doubled returns over the past five years, according to Tim Spiech, co-owner of Spiech Farms.

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