Locally Grown

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Meijer supports an estimated 200 apple growers in Michigan, many of which have supplied the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer for more than six generations. Meijer is committed to purchasing locally-grown produce as long as the quality meets its high standards.

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 Midwest 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.

By purchasing local, we’re able to cut fuel consumption, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps reduce transportation costs and keeps fresh produce prices down for our customers.

To guarantee quality and local variety, we continue to explore new relationships with local farmers and suppliers. In 2013, we introduced our customers to fresh, vine-ripened, Michigan-grown tomatoes year-round, supplied by Mastronardi Produce’s state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. That partnership expanded in 2015 to now offer locally-grown sweet peppers in colder months.

“Buying local is important to us because many of our friends and neighbors see our produce in our fields and wish to purchase it. They like to support us,” said Ralph’s grandson, Dave Miedema, who now operates the 1,500-acre farm with several family members.

To learn more about some of the other local farmers we work with, please click here and see below.

 

Indiana: At Meijer Fresh is a Family BusinessMeijer_LocallyGrown_03-3

Meijer is proud to continue to deliver the level of freshness that our customers have come to expect from our produce selection. We are able to offer this level of quality thanks to local growers. For example, Mouzin Brothers Farms, a family farm in southern Indiana, is one of our partners helping us provide locally-grown options to customers…

Illinois: Meijer Keeps a Fresh Focus with J & J Dill

Our longstanding commitment to buying locally-grown produce across our
footprint remains at the heart of our partnerships every day. An example of such a partnership is our close working relationship with J & J Dill, a small farm that provides high-quality local produce to our northern Illinois stores…

Kentucky: Family-Owned Kirchgessner Farm Provides Fresh Produce to Louisville and Indiana Meijer Stores

Meijer is committed to purchasing from local growers big and small, which includes a longtime partnership with Kirchgessner Farm. The small family-owned farm has provided fresh produce to Meijer stores in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana with fresh cantaloupes for nearly 15 years…

Michigan: Michigan Farm is Committed to Providing Exceptional Locally-Grown Produce to Meijer Stores

Buying locally-grown produce began when Meijer first opened its doors more than 80 years ago. With more than 125 local growers across our six-state footprint today, it remains one of our longstanding commitments, as demonstrated through our partnership with E. Miedema & Sons, Inc…

Ohio: Driving Fuel Consumption, Costs and Prices Down with Local Produce from Buurma Farms

Meijer has been buying local since we were founded. With the focus on local produce more important than ever to our customers, we’ve significantly expanded our efforts over the past decade. Meijer works with more than 125 local growers – up 25 percent from two years ago. Meijer has had a strong, longstanding partnership with Buurma Farms, a fifth generation family farm in Willard, Ohio…

Wisconsin: From a Family-Owned Farm to Meijer Stores

As Meijer continues to expand across the Midwest, our commitment to buying local produce has also grown. Although the latest Wisconsin stores just recently opened, we had already been working with farmers in the state, including Alsum Farms & Produce, a second generation family-owned and operated business in Friesland, Wis…