Buy Local Produce With Stop & Shop!

Buy Local Produce with Stop & Shop

**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.

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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.”

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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?

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  1. Janine Huldie

    I definitely was a Stop & Shop customer, but our local one stopped carrying fresh meat and started going with pre-packaged. So, we ended up going more to Waldbaum’s, but I do agree that I loved that they would showcase recipes with fresh produce when we did shop there.

  2. Theresa

    We don’t have a Stop & Shop, so I tend to go to the local farmer’s market for our fresh produce. The local grocers never have good produce to choose from around here!

  3. toughcookiemommy

    I love shopping at Stop and Shop. I just received my Peapod delivery yesterday and all the groceries were nice and fresh.

  4. Nicole Lutzy

    I do the same. There is more of a selection and the prices are better too!

  5. Kam Kay

    Loved Stop & Shop when I lived in Boston.

  6. Christy Maurer

    My favorite summer fruit is watermelon! It is so juicy and sweet! I don’t have Stop & Shop here but it’s good they carry local stuff!

  7. ascendingbutterfly

    I had no idea that Stop & Shop has Buy Local efforts, mine is a bit far away for me, but my Aunt lives near one so I am going to tell her about this! Does this include all stores that you know of or just the ones located in New England? Thanks so much for sharing this!

  8. jmanandmillerbug

    I love that Stop & Shop lets you know where your produce is coming from! And those recipes look amazing as well. My whole family is big into strawberries this summer and I’ve been adding them to everything!

  9. Jessica Beal Harlow

    My favorite summer veggie is a tie between summer squash and zucchini! We grow lots every summer and one of my favorite dishes is just sauteeing slices with onion, garlic, and lots of butter! I love that Stop & Shop supports buying local!

  10. Pam

    We love summer squash. It grows really well around here so we always have a lot.

  11. becca112971

    I am a sucker for fresh berries. there is something so sweet and good about them.

  12. Nicole Lutzy

    Sounds like a great program. I wish we had this local to use, with 5 kids I feel like mine eat non-stop too!

  13. Tammy A (My Life Abundant)

    I LOVE going to our local farm stands. We have a couple who has a moving truck stand which goes from place to place. I love just walking down the street for fresh veggies every week.

  14. Heather

    I love farm stands too. I can’t just drive by when I see one.

  15. Maria

    My favorite summer veggie has to be sweet corn! We always buy local, and just picked up a whole bushel from a local farmer! Love it! I loved my Stop&Shop when I lived in NJ, I actually kinda miss it!

  16. Dawn

    I think buying local produce whenever possible is so important. Farmers are fast becoming extinct!

  17. Tina

    The Buy Local program is perfect for food and for other items as well. It is taking off across the country (we call it Local First Arizona) and the goal is to remind and educate people of the joys of shopping local. Did you know 73 cents on a dollar spent locally stays in the local economy? We promote our local flower shop (as opposed to a 1800-flower-guy) in a very difficult (aka expensive) world of non-locals who try to convince people to shop. It is the savvy shopper who realizes the value of local shopping in all aspects of life.

  18. Jillian

    I’m on the same page – I am all for buying local, freshly grown produce. Great article!

  19. Jennifer

    I wish we had Stop and Shop in my area. It would be easier than hitting the farmer’s markets.

  20. Sunny

    My favorite summer veggie definitely has to be sweet corn. We don’t have a Stop & Shop but we love buying our sweet corn from our local farmers.

  21. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Local produce is always the best! Where I live, we have home grown produce all the time, because everybody has a garden. It’s awesome.

  22. Crystal

    I’m coming over! That’s so awesome! My friends and I swap what we grow at home, but I don’t grow a ton.

  23. poshjournal (@MyPoshJournal)

    I support local farms and I only purchase from trusted stores

  24. 3sonshavei

    I shop my local farm and fruit stands-always the freshest fruits and vegetables

  25. Lexie Lane

    I don’t think we have that here but I do like local shops. I think they always have unique stuff and they usually support local farms too which is the best part.

  26. Planet of the Apels

    I like plums. My husband said he hated them, but I handed him a nice juicy one and now he’s sold. I think he only had sour un-ripe ones before. I also bought peaches that are so good. I try and buy all different veggies to get variety.

  27. Claudia Krusch

    I wish we had Stop and Shop in my area. It would be easier than shopping at three different places to get groceries in the farmers market, food and supplies at two other grocery stores!

  28. Catherine S

    Stop and Shop sounds great. I have a local farmers market down the street that I use. My favorite summer fruit is watermelon.

  29. Breanna Rush

    Wow! What a great program! I think it is so important to support local farmers! We go through a lot of produce in our house – especially in the summer!

  30. [email protected]

    I am bad about eating vegetables. But I am loving some fresh strawberries this summer.

  31. Megan Elford

    It’s so important to eat fresh, local produce. Our stores here are great about carrying fresh produce that’s locally sourced when it’s in season!

  32. Dogvills

    I wish we have a Stop & Shop here, so I can buy locally produced fruits vegetables. My kids love to eat veggies, too.

  33. Liz Leiro

    Knowing where your produce comes from and supporting local growers is so important. I love that Stop & Shop has this program! Here on the west coast I shop at Sprout’s (kinda like Whole Foods but less expensive and marketed as a farmer’s market). P.S. That veggie salad with tortellini looks divine – I think I’m going to have to make myself pasta for dinner!

  34. Pam

    My favorite summer veggie is the tomato. We always grow them or buy them locally, so I hate buying them in the winter. They just don’t taste the same.

  35. poshjournal (@MyPoshJournal)

    We buy local produce at farmer’s market, jumbo’s .. I used to love sprouts but they sell too many products from mexico now. I don’t think they really support local anymore. I also love whole foods but pretty far away

  36. Sicorra

    The green bean potato salad looks really good. I love dishes like that for summer meals.

  37. Shop with Me Mama (Kim)

    I absolutely LOVE tomatoes!! Grown from the garden, they are so dang good! Every year I look forward to them!

  38. Heather

    Nothing beats local produce. We love fresh veggies and fruit.

  39. Jennifer Clay

    I have never heard of Stop and Shop before. It looks like a great place to find some fresh and local produce. I usually shop at my local farmers market.

  40. crystal

    I’ve been crazy for peaches this month. Grilled, fresh, in a cobbler. I’m going crazy for them.

  41. Penelope

    I try to buy locally as much as possible. I need to check out Stop & Shop. My local fruit has been amazing this year!

  42. dawn

    I am not sure if we have Stop & Shops here in south florida..but i have been hearing a lot about of good things about them online. thanks for the share.

  43. Jeanine

    I’ve never heard of stop and shop before. Sounds pretty great though. I love shopping local. I would love this in my area!

  44. Alli

    We don’t have a Stop & Shop here, but I do love fresh veggies. I wish I lived closer to my mom and dad so I could visit their garden every day. I love buying local, too.

  45. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    I wish we had a Stop and Shop. I am also so picky with my produce. It is really hard to find good product here.

  46. Liz Mays

    I’m particular about what produce I buy too. You can really tell the difference with fresh locally grown produce.

  47. Alicia

    We do not have a Stop and Shop here, but my favorite summer fruit is peaches and strawberries.

  48. lydiaf1963

    Going by the logo and the mention of the Peapod program, I’d say Stop and Shop is called Giant in the Mid Atlantic. The store closest to us always has the nicest produce. There’s a display right inside the produce section highlighting the local stuff. Can’t beat it.

  49. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama

    I love love love eating local. One of my favorite things to do in GA is hit up the farmers markets on Saturday morning. Makes for the BEST veggies.

  50. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    I am not sure if we have a Stop and Shop in my area but I am intrigued by what they do (thanks to your post) and I would like to give them a try! Thanks for sharing!

  51. Maria @ closetohome

    I love any places that sell great produce! I will look out for Stop and Shop! Thanks

  52. Debbie Denny

    I do like buying local when I need some stuff. That service sounds great.

  53. vanessa: BriteandBubbly

    I used to buy from Stop and Shop all the time when I lived on the East Coast. I wish they would come to LA. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Kelly (@KickingWKelly)

    We don’t have much of a farmer’s market here, but we do have many grocery stores that sell local produce. We buy local whenever we can.

  55. Mel Outnumbered

    That bean and potato salad sure looks tasty! I’m going to have to see if Stop and Shop is in my area.

  56. crystal

    I’m drooling over it too. And the tortellini! Yum!

  57. Claudette P. Esterine

    I live too far to take this up but the food sure looks good!

  58. rane25

    Happy Birthday to the Boys when it comes! I totally support the idea of buying Local Produce. Those Dishes look really yummy

  59. Valerie

    I like all vegetables and fruits really but my favorite summer produce is pineapple. It is so sweet and delicious!

  60. kwhiz84

    I love purchasing local and fresh produce! Everything tastes so much better

  61. katehardin

    We do not have Stop and Shop but we have a produce shop downtown and a famers market I have been meaning to check out. I love to get local veggies.

  62. Liz Mays

    I’ve been really into fresh fruit this summer. I’m experimenting with new leafy greens like kale too. I really like buying produce from local sources.

  63. Seattle Travel Blogger

    I always prefer local produce. I just feel like they taste better, and I love supporting the local farmers.

  64. wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas

    I don’t have Stop & Shop close by, but I do have GIANT. (Same parent company) and I love their commitment to buying local produce as well as supporting the local community in so many ways.

  65. Nikki

    We don’t have stop shop here so we buy on a local markets only. i wish we had a stop shop here for easy buying the ingredients thank you for sharing.

  66. Travel Blogger

    Finding the freshest product can be so difficult, especially at major stores. It’s grea to know you can with Stop and Shop!

  67. Carol Bryant

    I love finding fresh produce, Robin. I will be sure to check out Stop and Shop for it, as well!

  68. Toni | Boulder Locavore

    Farmers Markets are one of my favorite places to shop for veggies! I need to go to one soon.

  69. censie

    What a great option. I love going to Farmers Markets. Fresh fruits and veggies are the best!

  70. makewayfor

    I’ll have to check if we have this in my area. Seems so nice– love fresh healthy foods.

  71. Joanne T Ferguson

    I am a big fan of supporting local farmers and business! There is nothing like fresh, home style grown tomatoes, rather than the other kind that have no taste in the supermarkets!

  72. Courtney

    Produce has such a short shelf-life that buying local is really important to me.

  73. Ann Bacciaglia

    I love to buy local food from the farmers market. I will have to try these salads on the weekend. We are having a family BBQ.

  74. toxict15

    I never realized how much boys actually eat until I started teaching high school and watched teenage boys throw down 4 sandwiches on the daily.

  75. Aubrey

    The strawberries look yummy. I like natural produce from local farmers.

  76. Nicole Escat

    we don’t have a stop shop here . i wish we have stop shop here for easy buying some fresh fruits and veggies

  77. Ora Lee Gurr

    Local produce is always a treat. I like stores that support businesses in the area and deliver fresh food to their customers. I have always been amazed at how much boys can eat, and am glad you have them in a healthy food mode.

  78. Rosey

    Strawberries are my favorite summer fruit. I’m sad when they go out of season.

  79. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Watermelon is our favorite summer fruit! We go through a giant watermelon in a day or two!

  80. Annemarie LeBlanc

    My favorite summer fruit is watermelon. It is sweet, juicy and great to include in salads, smoothies or eaten just as it is. I agree that it is always best to buy local.

  81. ronleyba (@ronley_ph)

    I always love local produce! I always buy them for my shakes and salads!

  82. Mandi @ Moments With Mandi

    We don’t have a Stop & Shop, but I do pay attention to the grocery store for the local signs. We have a GREAT farm that sells local produce (grown right there) that I love to visit when we can. We also grew a couple of things ourselves this year and would like to expand next year!

  83. Allison

    I buy local every chance that I get! I love it when grocery stores offer this alternative!

  84. Kristi

    Your lucky to have a place like Stop & Shop. We don’t have those near us but we do have a few places that I am also lucky to count on for fresh and local things. Our kids are good eaters as well and it sure makes cooking easier.

  85. catherine c.

    Seriously we don’t have stop shop here. we buy from the local markets i wish we had a stop shop here for easy buying the ingredients

  86. Ourfamilyworld

    I love to buy local. I am thankful that I live in an area where I can easily get fresh produce.

  87. Janell @ Saving You Dinero

    I don’t think we have this store but it sounds great! I love watermelon and strawberries.

  88. Rebecca Swenor

    I think it is awesome to buy locally when you can. We have a Farmers market up the from me and that is where I get my fruits and veggies from. Stop and Shop sounds amazing and I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  89. Sophie S

    Never heard of this place but I am definitely going to look them up and see if we have one. Sometimes too busy for the farmers market and then I need to find what I an mid week. This would be great.

  90. lisa

    We don’t have a Stop & Shop here but we do have a lot of farmers markets. I also grow my own veggies in my yard. I can’t wait to try the green bean and potato salad!

  91. Wendy

    I am a diehard S&S shopper here in RI. Going there tonight with the sales starting today. Will have to get some tortellini and veggies because that salad looks awesome!

  92. Michelle D. Garrett

    We don’t have this in my area, but your post is inspiration to search out something similar. It’s one of those things that I’ve kept putting on the back burner.

  93. The Pink Caboodle

    I wish we had this where I live…this is great!

  94. Elizabeth O.

    Not only is this good for the local farms, it’s also awesome for healthy eating. I love the recipes too. Thanks for sharing!

  95. James Hills

    I used to have a Stop & Shop when I lived in Mass, it’s great to see more focus on local, high quality produce. I love farm stands but sometimes it’s just not practical to go to more than one store.

  96. The Trophy WifeStyle

    Stop & shop sounds like a great supermarket! Unfortunately we don’t have them here in WNY :-/ bummer :-/

  97. katrinagehman

    Oh yum. that green bean salad looks amazing.

  98. aly masrhah

    I don’t think we have a Stop & Shop here, but it sounds really awesome! I love that recipe.

  99. Sherri

    Love Stop & Shop! I absolutely love fresh, local produce. It’s the next best thing to finding farm stands!

  100. Virginia Gudiel (@LovelyVirginia)

    Wow. Makes me love Stop and Shop even more! Love the recipe ideas as well!

  101. April (@theaprilnoelle)

    I don’t know if we have a Stop & Shop nearby, but I have to take a look. I love shopping local. My favorite summer fruit is strawberry and vegetable is corn. Yum!

  102. Jesica H

    We don’t have a stop and shop here, but I try and buy local whenever I can! My favorite summer fruit is raspberries!

  103. Dhemz

    how awesome! I wish we have local produce nearby. I would love to shop their regularly. What a great way to support our local farmers.

  104. Sophie S

    Came back for that tortellini recipe it looked so good.

  105. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    We love Stop&Shop! My favorites are green beans, corn, tomatoes and water melons!

  106. JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman)

    I also LOVE to buy local as well. It is cheap and organic.

  107. Chubskulit Rose

    I would love to pick fresh strawberries. That’s one of my children’s favorite fruit. They will have fun if we go to a strawberry farm.

  108. Lisa Rios

    We do love shopping at Stop and Shop. Their delivery has always been great and all their products used to be very much fresh & of high quality. Watermelon is something we would go for anytime.

  109. Jonathan Key

    These all look so delicious and fresh! Would love to go to a strawberry farm.

  110. moesly15

    I like the produce at Stop and Shop. It’s always fresh and I like they buy from local farms.

  111. Celeste @FashionFortuneCookie

    We don’t have Stop and Shop close by but I do like buying local produce. Local produce just taste better.

  112. Tiffany

    We don’t have a Stop and Shop, but we have a Giant. That’s the same thing, right? Our Giant has pretty high prices, but the quality is pretty good. I love our local Farmer’s Market, though!

  113. Michelle Varga (@dustbunniesblog)

    Those all look like a really great recipes and I can’t wait to try them! Shopping local is one of the best things. It’s a great way to support the local economy and get fresh food!

  114. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    My favorite summer fruit, by far, are nectarines! So good.I love that your store also offers recipes.

  115. Amanda V

    We don’t have one of those stores here, But I love eating and cooking with fresh foods! We try to buy our meats from the local butcher. Once you get your meat fresh you’ll never go back!

  116. Christie

    I love that Stop ^ Shop supports local farmers and produce! I definitely buy local as often as I can!

  117. Krystal's Kitsch

    That roasted vegetable dish looks like something I need to make. I will have to try to shop more local veggies!

  118. Lena

    I need something like this. I seem to be too busy to even get to the market these days

  119. Shannon Gurnee

    I’ve never heard of Stop & Shop before. It sounds like a great place to get local veggies.

  120. rocky

    same here, i’ve never heard of stop and shop before… I always wanted to go pick up fresh strawberries in the farm though..

  121. Swa-Rai (@swaraiblog)

    Yes, I try to always buy local. It always fresh and it tastes better.

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