Meijer has purchased from local growers big and small since we opened our first store in 1934 in Greenville, Mich.
At the time, farmer Ralph Miedema delivered cabbage and squash directly to Hendrik Meijer. Our relationship with E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a fourth-generation family farm in Byron Center, Mich., continues today. Meijer works with more than 125 local growers and is one of the largest purchasers of fruits and vegetables in the six states where we operate. Those relationships put nearly $100 million back into the local economy each year while guaranteeing a secure supply of the locally grown products that our customers want and deserve. Buying local also helps reduce transportation and fuel consumption, which is not only good for the environment but also keeps fresh produce prices down for our customers.
Meijer defines local as being produced in one of the six states where we have stores, and with our robust distribution network, we can share local specialties from across our footprint.
Through our close relationships with local Midwest growers, we source all kinds of fresh, local produce and products.
During peak season, all Meijer customers have access to Indiana sweet corn, Michigan blueberries, and Ohio potatoes, for example.
We don’t just support local farmers. Check out our Supporting Local Businesses page for more examples of how we are partnering with local makers to support our communities.