Weather Helps Asparagus Get Back on Track

After a slow start, the weather the last few weeks has helped asparagus farmers get back on track.

Less than a month ago, Norconk Farm in Honor in Benzie County was concerned about the season. The cold spring kept them from getting in the fields when they normally do, but things have since turned around.

The mild temperatures have the spears growing up to half an inch an hour, which is keeping workers busy.

Harry Norconk, the owner of the farm, says all they need now is little rain. Without rain, the spears seed out prematurely, which causes them to lose some appeal.

Nevertheless, Norconk says production appears to be ahead of last year.

9&10’s Breelynn Martin and Photojournalist Jeff Blevins spoke with Harry Norconk about the season.

Norconk Farms sells asparagus at a roadside stand at 10004 Aral Road, Honor, MI 49640 or call 231.326.3540.