During these last weeks of summer, savory local produce is at its peak – and it’s not just for sale at the weekly farmers markets. At Brookdale ShopRite, the seasonal farm stand greets you every day with a gorgeous display of farm fresh peppers, eggplant, blueberries, tomatoes, zucchini, corn and watermelon.
Store dietitian Jessica Serdikoff says there are many reasons to shop local this summer. Fresher produce = higher nutritional value. And supporting sustainable farming and family-run farms is kinder to the planet, plus it’s all grown with a lot more love.
ShopRite’s local produce program sources fresh fruits and vegetables from all parts of the state. These NJ growers get the harvest from their farm to your table:
- Santa Sweets – Cedarville, NJ
- Frank Donio Inc – Hammonton, NJ
- Viereck Farms – Swedesboro NJ
- Edible Garden Corp – Belvidere NJ
If you need some help in the veggie aisles, the helpful associates wearing green “local produce” tees have answers. They also point out all the super values and in-season deals from a bumper crop. They are also ready to share easy recipes for tomatoes, zucchini, berries, and watermelon found on ShopRite’s website.
ShopRite also carries some local products stocked year-round. Dream Greens – a Newark-based producer of aeroponically-grown veggies, keeps Jersey grown produce on the shelves. (The company rehabs old factories to create vertical farms.) Check out their baby greens!
There’s also honey made from Jersey bees – find “Local Raw” above the organic produce display and “Bee Flower and Sun Honey Co” in aisle 6. Another must-try: the crunchy Naturalvert small batch granola. All four flavors (honey macadamia with white chocolate is a favorite) are found in Brookdale ShopRite’s aisle 2. Finally, ShopRites’s home made (and really well priced) mozzarella with Calandra’s semolina bread are sure to become a staple in your home. If you haven’t tried it with those Jersey tomatoes, you’re missing out.