I don't know where you stand, but I would consider myself very lucky to live in Michigan. It's naturally beautiful, with rolling hills, magnificent dunes, and shorelines. The state is surrounded by fresh water, not to mention over 60,000 inland lakes we enjoy each and every summer. Luckily for us, summer days don't only bring sunburns and mosquitoes they also bring a plethora of fresh produce.
Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to agriculture in Michigan. With more than 300 varieties of commodities produced, the state ranks second in the country as the most agriculturally diverse, after only California. Michigan would not be able to keep up this title, if not for the diversity of microclimates the state has. A microclimate is an environment that a crop flourishes in. The Great Lakes that surround Michigan not only give us cool summer breezes and our sand dunes, but they offer the perfect conditions and sandy soils for asparagus and blueberries to grow. While the heavier clay like soils in southern Michigan cultivates the perfect home for corn and wheat.
Agriculture is also one of the largest economic drivers in the state. Michigan has nearly 10 million acres of farmland which over 52,000 farms call home. Michigan is the leading producer of Asparagus, pickling cucumbers, squash, tart cherries, dry black and cranberry beans and potatoes used in potato chip production. The food and agriculture industry produces 104.7 billion dollars to the local economy every year.
With so many farms, and one of the longest growing seasons in the country it's no wonder I am so grateful to reside here. The Plymouth and Ann Arbor area is full of local family owned and operated farms. Many offering fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as quality eggs, meat, and poultry. With plenty of farmers markets in the area, there's nearly no reason not to enjoy all the delicious things Michigan has to offer.