Stop by your local farmers market or farm stand for a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables now available. Blueberries, cherries, raspberries, onions, potatoes, cucumbers, beans, peppers and even sweet corn are ready and waiting You can learn how to store, freeze or can fresh produce from Michigan State University Extension’s. Michigan Fresh fact sheets available at no cost online at

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

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