Did You Know There is an Asparagus Fest in Michigan Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary?
I've heard of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, Tulip Time Festival, National Cherry Festival, and Upheaval Festival, but there is also an Asparagus Festival.
Asparagus is some people's favorite vegetable. I do enjoy asparagus and it goes so well with salmon, chicken, seafood, beef, or even venison.
There are millions of ways to enjoy asparagus and if you have kids, if you can get them to try it, this could become a favorite and is good for them too. Here is a link to a dozen great meal pairings with asparagus.
West Michigan is The Asparagus Capital of the World
It just so happens that a county in West Michigan is the asparagus capital of the world.
That county is Oceana which is located just north of Muskegon. 80% of Michigan's asparagus is grown in Oceana County.
Asparagus grows great in sandy conditions and the Lake Michigan air keeps the temperatures perfect for a great season. Asparagus is picked by big farm tractors but actual farm workers by hand. This season is short seeing how it runs from mid-May until the end of June.
National Asparagus Festival
According to Fox 17, Hart Michigan in Oceana County is the home and host of the National Asparagus Festival that began in 1974 and this year marks the event's 50th anniversary. This year's festival is Saturday, June 10th. There will be a parade, live music, fireworks, and of course, the crowning of the asparagus queen. If you would like more details on the National Asparagus Festival simply click here or click to watch this video here.