And, another fine week it has been. A warm breeze and my pups are keeping me “company” as I write this from my side porch. The woods are a lush green and my garden is popping with a bountiful amount of gorgeous blooms, lots of herbs and so much lettuce that I almost wish for bunny rabbits to come share it with me. The Blue Bells and Peonies are magnificent as are the first Roses of the year. All the bird houses have tenants and I “expect” lots of baby birdies. I’m making sure that the feeders are full but I notice the mom’s and pop’s going for the protein: worms and bugs. I picked a big bag of rhubarb this morning that Sharon is using for a Chalkboard Feature this weekend. Tomatoes, eggplant and peppers have been planted and are thriving. I am down to the last few packages of last year’s tomatoes that I stewed and froze to carry me through the “tomato-less” months. I hope that I’ll have another bumper crop, which I should as there was lots of shredded horse pooh-pooh put down in the fall to enrich the soil. It would be much easier, and the produce just as good, to buy my veggies at a local farmer’s market but the joy I get from walking out the back door to my little garden patch can’t be topped.
Michigan is ranked second in the nation for it’s phenomenally diverse agricultural industry which includes asparagus, sugar beets, honey, corn, berries, apples, grapes, beans, stone fruit, potatoes and maple syrup. Additionally, the dairy industry, including milk and cheese, is a very important sector. There are 10 million acres of farmland in our state, 27% of the total land that produces over $71 billion, yes that’s BILLION, dollars per year. Much of our bounty is exported to other states and $1.6 billion is sent out of the country. Nearly 24% of the state’s workforce or 112,000 people are employed in one of the 1 million jobs that are supported by agriculture. These are some major statistics to consider as you wander the local farmer’s markets this year! Buy local, buy Michigan!
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