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Stop & Shop’s Buy Local program features fruits and vegetables in their produce department from over 50 local New England farms.
Summer is the easiest time of year to buy locally-sourced food. Farms are overflowing with produce, and Stop & Shop is a great place to pick up produce from local New England farms.
Stop & Shop is the closest grocery store to my house, so it’s where I go just about every week to fill in the gaps after I pick up my weekly farm share. I love that they have a good price point for fresh produce, and I can really stretch my dollar on whole food groceries at Stop & Shop.
Through Stop & Shop’s Buy Local program, produce from over 50 local farms will be on the shelves this summer. Among the local items currently in season and available are tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, beans, peppers, and several types of squash. To make it easy for customers to identify locally-sourced produce, there will be signs throughout the store identifying farm names and locations.
Marini Farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts is one of the area farms providing produce to Stop & Shop. This third generation family-run business grows sweet corn for Stop & Shop locations throughout the region. This locally-grown corn is hard to beat in the summertime, as it’s picked daily in the morning to ensure freshness.
According to Jack Keane, Director of Produce for Stop & Shop New England, “We believe selling locally grown produce strengthens our community and supports the local economy. Community farmers and our customers benefit greatly from our continued commitment to this wonderful program.”
Buy Local at Stop and Shop Event
Stop & Shop will be celebrating its Buy Local program with a special event in stores on Saturday, July 18, 2015. The event will include visits from local farmers, produce sampling, kid-friendly activities, and an interactive cutout where customers are encouraged to take a “farm-fresh selfie.”
Visit Stop & Shop’s website for more information about their Buy Local program, including videos, recipes, and a list of local growers.