Vegetable Production in Michigan
- Vegetables are grown on nearly 3,000 farms in Michigan (2012 Census of Agriculture). Many of these farms grow small acreages of vegetables (15 acres or less). Most of Michigan's vegetable production is produced on farms growing more than 100 acres.
- Michigan harvested vegetable crops on 159,000 acres in 2012 (Census of Agriculture) with a farm gate value of $463 million (ranking seventh nationally). Excluding potatoes, all other vegetables account for about 112,000 acres and a farm gate value of $255 million.
- Michigan ranks in the top four states for the following vegetable crops: Asparagus (fresh and processed), carrots (processed), celery (fresh and processed), cucumbers (fresh and processed), green beans (fresh and processed), pumpkins, radishes, summer and winter squash (fresh and processed), potatoes (processed for chips) tomatoes (processed) and turnips.
- Michigan is the largest producing state of cucumbers for pickling and potatoes for chipping. Michigan also ranks first in the nation in the production of asparagus for processing and summer and winter squash for processing.
- Most of Michigan’s vegetable production is located in counties in the lower two-thirds of the state’s lower peninsula. Vegetables are grown on sandy and muck (high organic content) soils. Celery and onions are the primary crops grown on muck soils. Click here for a map of Michigan showing the counties with the most vegetable production.
- Michigan produces vegetables for both fresh consumption and processed food products. Important fresh market crops include cucumbers, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, green beans, sweet corn, carrots, celery, onions, radishes, turnips, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and cabbage.
- Michigan processors, as well as processors in other states, use a number of vegetable crops grown in Michigan. Important processing crops include cucumbers for pickles, potatoes for chipping, green beans, asparagus, tomatoes, summer and winter squash, peas and carrots.
Michigan Vegetable Council | P.O. Box 277, Erie MI 48133 | Phone & Fax: 734-848-8899 | Email