Growing season is hitting its prime

By REBECCA L. KRANS

For The Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS – Upper Peninsula farmers markets continue to offer fresh greens, radishes, green onions and snap peas. Blueberries and raspberries can be found at some Michigan farmers markets and farm stands, as well as eggs, maple syrup, honey, and other handmade products. Consumers can learn how to store, freeze, or can fresh produce from Michigan State University Extension’s “Michigan Fresh” fact sheet available at no cost online at www.msue.anr.msu.edu.

Chicken eggs is the newest Michigan Fresh fact sheet, which includes instructions for hard boiled eggs, a link to a pickled egg recipe as well as recipes for deviled eggs and a broccoli-cheddar egg frittata. This fact sheet also defines some common labels found on eggs at the store, including “cage free,” “free range,” and “pasture-raised.”

Handling Using and Storing Pork is another new Michigan Fresh fact sheet. This piece provides information on the cuts of meat as well as thawing, freezing, and canning instructions. This is the first of several Michigan Fresh fact sheets about meat set to be released this year.

Families interested in learning more about how food is produced are encouraged to attend one of several Breakfast on the Farm events this summer, where attendees visit a working farm to learn more about where their food comes from. To find one of these free events, coordinated by MSU Extension staff and volunteers, visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com.

A topic that has many growers buzzing these days is the market for locally produced hops to supply the Michigan craft brewing industry. A Michigan Fresh fact sheet on how to grow hops is currently under development. People interested in learning more about Michigan hops should consider attending the Northwest Michigan Hops Tour on Aug. 15. Information about this event is available at www.hops.msu.edu

All 57 of the current Michigan Fresh fact sheets are available for free on the MSU Extension web site at www.msue.anr.msu.edu. Five fact sheets are available in Spanish and five in Arabic. You can also find Michigan Fresh on Facebook and Pinterest. Find the Upper Peninsula MSU Extension on Facebook as well; see what’s happening locally.

For more information, contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension, consumer horticulture educator, in the U.P. at (906) 875-0606 or kransr@anr.msu.edu.