May 3, 2024
2024 Michigan asparagus season underway

The Michigan Asparagus season has started and the fan favorite is arriving in stores about a week earlier than normal due to warmer winter.

Currently, volume is on track with thick and tender asparagus ready to take center stage on plates and in bowls nationwide, according to a news release.

Michigan Asparagus Board “The timing could not be better as consumers have the option to incorporate this nutritional vegetable into their spring and summertime meals,” according to the release. “As shoppers prioritize living a healthier lifestyle, cooking at home has continued to trend making the kitchen an exciting space for families to encourage their kids to try new foods. With ethical food choices becoming a stronger focus, more Americans are paying attention to where their food comes from – giving Michigan asparagus the opportunity to shine.”

When shopping in stores or at supermarkets, consumers can look for Michigan Grown labels indicating locally grown U.S. products. They can also keep a lookout for point-of-sale and promotional materials with more information including tips and recipes at their local grocery stores. There are nearly 100 Michigan farm families committed to providing premium, sustainable products.

“Supporting Michigan asparagus growers is the key to ensuring high-quality, premium products remain in the produce section for years to come,” Sarah Greiner of Todd Greiner Farms and chair of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board (MAAB), said in the release. “As sustainable and local messaging continue to remain top-of-mind, featuring our product signifies a commitment to not only supporting local growers, but meeting consumers demands – all who are looking for healthier foods that meet their health and dietary needs.”

Jamie Clover Adams
Jamie Clover Adams

With Michigan Asparagus, consumers can enjoy the taste, without feeling guilty about helping themselves to seconds at the dinner table or enjoying it as a late-night snack, Jamie Clover Adams, MAAB’s executive director, said in the release. “The decadent and colorful flavor palette paired with its long shelf life makes mealtime that much easier,” she said in the release.

As digital marketing continues to drive purchasing, a recent study reported that 44% of consumers prefer to learn about a new product via video content. Throughout the season, MAAB is set to incorporate different forms of digital marketing including working with a dog content creator to create recipe content (both human and pet-friendly), advertising online and on social media, and having a recipe content creator visit Michigan to document her visit and provide viewers the ultimate asparagus experience, according to the release.

Additionally, MAAB is supporting sales by making a significant investment in retail and in-store promotions, working with key partners to identify how to move the needle and encourage impulse purchasing. The efforts will be a mix of both online and traditional marketing to capture all age demographics who have different preferences for the shopping experience. With consumers prioritizing their health and body above all, call outs related to “buying local” or “MI grown” aid retailers’ efforts to attract new customers and take their produce departments to new heights.


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