With summer finally in full swing, and fresh fruits and vegetables in season, there is no better time to stock up and enjoy locally grown produce.
In partnership with more than 41 farmers, an array of farm fresh produce grown within nearby communities can now be found at all Stop & Shop stores. Among the popular local produce items that are currently in season and available at Stop & Shop include corn, tomatoes, green beans, mushrooms, squash, blueberries, cucumbers and green peppers.
“Stop & Shop has a long history of partnering with local farmers to provide our customers with the best seasonal produce,” said Jack Keane, director of produce and floral merchandising for Stop & Shop New England. “Through these partnerships, we are able to get fruits and vegetables from the fields to our stores quickly to ensure quality and freshness. When you buy local produce from Stop & Shop, you know you are getting the freshest product.”
On Saturday, July 26th, Stop & Shop New England will host a “Here We Grow” event at all of its 213 stores from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate locally grown produce. Children attending the event will receive a “Buy Local” canvas bag, coloring book and seed packets will supplies last.
Stop by Stop & Shop’s Beverly, Mass. (224 Elliott Street), Somerset, Mass., Newport, RI (250 Bellevue Ave.), or Cromwell, Conn., locations to meet a local farmer whose farm fresh crops are delivered right to area Stop & Shop’s. Select stores will also be featuring produce sampling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Stop & Shop bean bag toss games.
Stop & Shop has been a leader in the buy local movement for many years, supporting local farmers and manufacturers in the states where they operate stores. When customers and retailers purchase produce from within their own communities, local farmers benefit as money and resources stay within that community.