The story behind our locally grown produce
Colin Lyons, our produce buyer, talks about our strong commitment to local growers:
If you’ve taken a walk through our produce aisles, you know about our colorful displays, endless varieties and fresh, high-quality standards for each fruit and veggie. But did you know about our passion to source locally grown produce?
In fact, we were selected to receive The Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year award this year. It’s the third year in a row we’ve been honored with this award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture because of our strong commitment to sourcing and promoting locally grown products whenever possible!
Our CEO, Tres Lund, brings his passion and pride for our community to every area of our company, including our produce departments. More than three decades ago, Tres would visit the Minneapolis Farmers Market with our produce team to help hand-select the finest local produce for our stores each day. “I always enjoyed seeing the deep relationships we formed with the local growers. Looking back, I guess you could say we were committed to buying locally long before ‘local’ became cool. While times have changed, we have never wavered in our commitment to partnering with local growers whenever possible. It’s only fitting given we are also a local, family-owned company.”
We Minnesotans tolerate some very harsh weather in every season. Despite these conditions, our local growers work very hard to supply us with top quality produce year round! Whether it’s local apples in the fall, potatoes and onions in the winter, scallions and rhubarb in the spring, or delicious sweet corn in the summer, you can always find our “EAT LOCAL” signs and products no matter what time of year.
So the next time you’re looking for a new fruit to sample or fresh veggies for dinner, take a little time to learn about some of your local growers - you’ll find stories about many of them throughout our produce departments. Our local growers work extremely hard to provide all of us with delicious, high-quality produce. We’re thrilled to offer you their products and shine a spotlight on their stories. Thank you for your support of Minnesota-grown products!