Spring is Here, Summer is Just Around the Corner

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The leaves on the trees are returning, flowers are blooming bright and cheerful arrays of color, lawns are green once again, and the farmers’ crop are rising towards the sun. Winter is over and Mother Nature is coming out of the cold. Life in the Thumb is returning to a flurry of activity. You’ll see folks engaging in the sights and sounds of the season. Kids are playing in the parks, families are bicycling about, and on a good windy day a kite can be seen flying across the sky. Our fisherman are busy getting their boats and gear together, our boaters are polishing their watercrafts and packing the sunscreen, and our campers are making sure they’ve got plenty of mosquito repellent. It’s a great time of year!

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A tasty springtime favorite to look for at roadside stands and our farmers’ markets is locally grown asparagus. This versatile vegetable can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sautéed, chilled, pickled, and grilled. Here is a simple and flavorful grill recipe to enjoy:

  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs. Olive Oil

Your asparagus should be firm not flimsy. You’ll want to snap off a small portion of the cut ends and discard. Wash remaining stalk under luke warm water. Once you have cleaned the ends you can either leave them as whole stalks or chop into smaller pieces.

After you have prepared your asparagus you will want to heat a sauté pan and add your oil. Then on medium to medium low heat you will add your garlic. Sauté till the garlic becomes aromatic and then add your asparagus. Sauté till tender and enjoy. An optional ingredient … smoother with cheese. Yummy!!!

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We hope to see you here soon in Michigan’s Thumb Area, we’re just east of the Great Lakes Bay Region and a short drive north of Metro Detroit. As you prepare your Thumb Area travel plans, check out the links below:

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Oh, and be sure to check out our calendar of events for listings of fun activities to participate in - outside or indoors.

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Want a glimpse of life in the Thumb before you get here? Take a quick trip across the region in our commercials that highlight the beauty of Michigan’s Thumb Area! Check them out here now!

Need to speak with a TATC representative, contact Kris at (810) 569-6856.

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Thanks for visiting Michigan’s Thumb Area. Be sure to come again … You’re always welcome!

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