Harry Norconk is weighing asparagus when I arrive at Norconk Farms. Asparagus season is in full swing and he doesn’t have time to sit and chat, so instead we hop onto an RTV and drive out to the fields to pick up crates of freshly harvested asparagus. Driving around the farm we pass acres of asparagus stalks popping up out of the ground waiting to be harvested. Out in the field workers ride along the rows snapping spear after spear out of the ground and sorting into crates to be washed, weighed and packed.
Keep an eye out for monthly blog posts featuring vendors from the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market, written by Market Manager Julianna Lisuk.
Farmer’s Market season has arrived in Northern Michigan! The Sara Hardy Downtown Farmer’s Market began on May 2 with an idyllic Saturday of fresh food and flowers. Customers showed up with their baskets and bags eager to get their hands on the first local produce of the season. Alongside the meat, cheese, bread, and produce vendors were locally grown flower stands overflowing with stunning arrangements, bringing much needed color and life after a cold winter. We recently visited one of our vendors, Petal Pushers, to get a look at where all their beautiful hanging baskets and vegetable plants are grown.
Rhubarb grows in many farms and backyards throughout Michigan. It’s often used in pies as a tart component to an overall sweet dish, but we find that people often struggle with other ways to use it. Michelle Rodriguez shares a delicious recipe for a Rhubarb Ginger Puree to pair with grilled pork or chicken.
We’ve had so many fun summer job opportunities come across our desks that we’ve decided to share them all in one place. These are food jobs, farming jobs, plain-old awesome jobs. If you’re looking for a continual update on cool jobs in Northwest Michigan be sure to like Awesome JOB ALERT n.mich on facebook.