**Thanks to Stop & Shop for sponsoring this conversation. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**
This month marks both of my boys birthdays. This year they are turning 8 and 11 years old, which I almost cannot believe. Where the heck did time go? I love having two boys and I wouldn’t want it any other way, but there is one thing about being an all boy mom that I never really realized until recently – they eat non-stop. The phrase eating me out of house and home really rings true in our house and since my growing boys go though so much food, I always keep the house stocked. I am very happy to report that not one, but both of my boys both love fruits and vegetables and that makes me one happy mama.
I am pretty fussy when it comes to buying produce and like most of you, I like to buy locally grown, fresh fruits and veggies as much as possible. It makes me so happy that Stop & Shop, where I normally do my grocery shopping anyway, is fully stocked with all of the fresh vegetables I want for my family and better yet – their produce is locally sourced! As part of Stop & Shop’s Buy Local program, they have items such as corn from Marini Farms in Ipswich.
I also love that Stop & Shop offers delicious recipe ideas (recipes below) that incorporate all of the fresh produce, such as a side of Roasted Tomato Salad with Tortellini or Green Bean and Potato Salad, which are perfect additions to any summer meal.
In addition to the corn from Marini Farms in Ipswich, Stop & Shop is bringing a variety of local produce from over 50 New England farms to all of their stores. While customers can find many local products in Stop & Shop stores throughout the year, the summer months bring an abundance of “in season” fruits and vegetables from community farms. Among the local items currently in season and available at Stop & Shop are tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, beans, peppers and a variety of squash.
Stop & Shop is making it easy for their customers to identify where their produce grows, so the farm name and location will be displayed on in-store signage. If you want to know even more, additional “Buy Local” features can be found on Stop & Shop’s website, including videos, recipes and a list of local growers. Plus, back by popular-demand, all Stop & Shop New England stores will feature a fun, interactive cutout in the produce department where customers are encouraged to take a “farm-fresh selfie.”
In addition, Stop & Shop will also be celebrating all of its Buy Local efforts in stores throughout New England on Saturday, July 18th, with visits from local farmers, family-friendly activities and produce sampling.
Stop & Shop New England has been a leader in the Buy Local movement for many years, supporting local farmers and manufacturers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. For more summer recipe ideas, including ways to use your local produce, visit Savory, Fast, Fresh & EasyTM on Stop & Shop’s website.
So tell me, what’s your favorite summer fruit or vegetable?