Explore Michigan asparagus sourcing tips, resources, and recipes for your institution.

Michigan ranks third in asparagus production nationally. Twenty-five million pounds of asparagus are harvested from about 11,000 acres each year, usually in May and June. Oceana County has some of the best asparagus growing conditions in the country and is the heart of the asparagus industry in Michigan.

Facts about Michigan Asparagus

  • Under ideal conditions, a single asparagus spear can grow up to 10 inches in a 24-hour period.
  • Michigan farmers harvest their asparagus by hand from above the soil; this provides eaters with an entirely edible spear with little to no waste.
  • Asparagus is a nutritious source of vitamins A and C and potassium.  


Basic Preparation Instructions

Fresh Michigan asparagus can be cooked several ways.


Bring a half cup of water to a boil in a saucepan, steamer or frying pan. Add one pound of fresh asparagus spears or 2-inch asparagus pieces. Add salt and pepper to taste and butter, if desired. Cover. 

Cook 5 to 8 minutes, or until crisp-tender.


Put one pound of fresh asparagus spears in a microwave-safe rimmed plate or shallow dish. Add a quarter cup of water and cover tightly. Microwave at 100 percent power for 4 to 7 minutes for spears or 3 to 5 minutes for pieces. Stir or turn asparagus halfway through the cooking time.


In a medium bowl, lightly cover trimmed spears with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place asparagus mixture on cookie/baking sheet and roast in a 450 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness of spears. For even browning, roll asparagus part way through cooking time by shaking pan once or twice. Spears are done when tender throughout and lightly browned.

Asparagus Recipes

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