For as long as I have known, the parsnips from the river valley farms of western Massachusetts, have been called the very best. A lot get as far south as New York City, but they are a minor crop, and only those "in the know" seek them out. Recently I got some parsnips from Michigan that were just as good. They looked like the Massachusetts parsnips, being smaller than the usual ones in stores. If you like parsnips, don't be afraid of the Michigan grown ones.