Stop & Shop is working with 41 growers this season to offer local fruit and vegetable items in the produce department, including corn, tomatoes, blueberries, mushrooms, and squash.

“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 in a media statement. “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.”

The retailer is holding a local foods event in its stores on July 26 where kids will be given a “Buy local” canvas bag, coloring book and seed packets. Certain stores will have produce sampling and meet the farmer events.

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