In the summer Festival Foods hosts farmers39 markets in store parking lots Photo courtesy of Festival Foods

In the summer, Festival Foods hosts farmers' markets in store parking lots. (Photo courtesy of Festival Foods)

Retailers keep local produce growing

Retailers have shifted into high gear to meet consumers’ ongoing demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables.

As the public’s taste for everything local has continued strong, supermarkets are expanding their number of grower sources, earmarking more money for local products, adding variety, working more closely with farmers, launching their own CSAs, and ramping up promotion of local produce.

They’ve added new signage, staged additional meet-the-farmer days and othe

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