Locally Grown at Meijer

Meijer has been buying local since doors opened at the first store in 1934. Today, Meijer is one of the largest purchasers of many fruits and vegetables in its Midwest footprint, contributing nearly $100 million back into the local economy.

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    Meijer has purchased from local growers big and small since the company’s inception, but the our efforts to buy local have expanded significantly over the past decade as we have grown into new markets and the focus on local became more important to our customers.

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    Meijer began purchasing cabbage, sweet corn and squash from E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a fourth generation family farm in Byron Center, Mich., nearly 80 years ago when Ralph Miedema delivered produce to Hendrik Meijer at the Greenville store. Ralph’s grandson, Dave Miedema, now operates the 1,500-acre farm with several family members, including his son, and appreciates the commitment Meijer has made to local growers in the Midwest.

  • Meijer Locally Grown: Alsum Farms & Produce

    Meijer began purchasing potatoes from Alsum Farms & Produce, a third generation family farm in Arena, Wis., nearly 4 years ago. Based on the farm’s sophisticated storing capabilities, it is able to supply Meijer stores across the Midwest with Wisconsin potatoes year round. Larry Alsum operates the 2,200-acre farm with several family members, including his daughters, and appreciates the commitment Meijer has made to local growers in the Midwest.

  • Meijer Locally Grown: Buurma Farms

    Meijer began purchasing green onions, radishes and greens from Buurma Farms, a fifth generation family farm in Willard, Ohio, more than 30 years ago. Loren Buurma operates the 3,000-4,000-acre farm across three states – Ohio, Michigan and Georgia – with several family members, including his son, and appreciates the commitment Meijer has made to local growers in the Midwest.

  • Meijer Locally Grown: J&J Dill

    Meijer began purchasing kale, greens and herbs from J & J Dill, a small farm that services local Meijer stores in northern Illinois, more than 3 years ago. Coming from five generations of farmers, 24-year-old James Goebbert began farming in high school, and now employs more than 50 people for his 500-acre farm. He appreciates the commitment Meijer has made to local growers in the Midwest.

  • Meijer Locally Grown: Kirchgessner Farm

    Meijer began purchasing cantaloupe from Kirchgessner Farm, a small family-owned farm that services Meijer stores in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana, about 15 years ago. Bill Kirchgessner runs the second generation farm with several family members, including his siblings, wife and children, and appreciates the commitment Meijer has made to local growers in the Midwest.

  • Meijer Locally Grown: Mouzin Brothers Farms

    Meijer began purchasing sweet corn, watermelon and pumpkins from Mouzin Brothers Farms, a third generation family farm in southern Indiana, more than 15 years ago. Brothers Dennis and Ed Mouzin operate the 5,000-acre farm with several family members, including their children, and appreciate the commitment Meijer has made to local growers in the Midwest.

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    Mouzin Brothers Farms in southern Indiana provides sweet corn, watermelon and pumpkins to Meijer. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Mouzin Brothers Farms in southern Indiana provides sweet corn, watermelon and pumpkins to Meijer. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Brothers Dennis and Ed Mouzin share responsibilities at their family farm, Mouzin Brothers Farm, in southern Indiana. They’re among 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Mouzin Brothers Farms is a proud family owned and operated farm in southern Indiana. From left to right: Ed Mouzin, his nephews Blake Mouzin, Brady Mouzin, Colten Mouzin, and their father Dennis Mouzin. They’re among 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Mouzin Brothers Farms in southern Indiana provides sweet corn, watermelon and pumpkins to Meijer. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Mouzin Brothers Farms in southern Indiana provides sweet corn, watermelon and pumpkins to Meijer. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Mouzin Brothers Farms in southern Indiana provides sweet corn, watermelon and pumpkins to Meijer. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer began purchasing cantaloupe from Kirchgessner Farm, a small family-owned farm that services Meijer stores in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana, about 15 years ago. Meijer works with 125 local growers – up 25 percent during the past two years alone – within its six-state footprint.

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    Overlooking the 30-acre Kirchgessner Farm, a small family-owned farm that services Meijer stores in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana. Meijer works with 125 local growers – up 25 percent during the past two years alone – within its six-state footprint.

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    Rows of cantaloupe across the 30-acre Kirchgessner Farm, a small family-owned farm that services Meijer stores in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Irrigating cantaloupe across the 30-acre Kirchgessner Farm, a small family-owned farm that services Meijer stores in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began supplying its stores with the farm’s cantaloupes about 15 years ago.

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    Grower Bill Kirchgessner’s daughters, Shelby and Rachel, plant cantaloupe transplants in early June 2015 on the 30-acre farm. The second generation farm is among 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Grower Bill Kirchgessner’s daughters, Shelby and Rachel, plant cantaloupe transplants in early June 2015 on the 30-acre farm. The second generation farm is among 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Overlooking greens at Buurma Farms, a fifth generation family farm in Willard, Ohio. Meijer began supplying its stores with the farm’s green onions, radishes and greens more than 25 years ago as part of its commitment to buying locally-grown produce.

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    A Buurma Farms warehouse where green onions, radishes and greens are cleaned and packaged before shipping to Meijer distribution facilities. Meijer works with 125 local growers – up 25 percent during the past two years alone – within its six-state footprint.

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    A white farmhouse on Buurma Farms is where the farm’s legacy began when Loren Buurma’s great grandfather originally farmed 4 acres of celery. The fifth generation family farm in Willard, Ohio now spans 3,000-4,000 acres across the three states of Ohio, Michigan and Georgia. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer expanded its locally-grown program to include 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Greens from Buurma Farms are packaged and ready to distribute to Meijer distribution facilities. Meijer began supplying its stores with the farm’s green onions, radishes and greens more than 25 years ago as part of its commitment to buying locally-grown produce.

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    Loren Buurma operates Buurma Farms with his son, Joel (pictured). Joel focuses on ensuring the produce meets the retailer’s high quality standards. Meijer works with 125 local growers – up 25 percent during the past two years alone – within its six-state footprint.

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    Radishes are cleaned and packaged at Buurma Farms in Willard, Ohio. Meijer began supplying its stores with the farm’s green onions, radishes and greens more than 25 years ago as part of its commitment to buying locally-grown produce.

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    Loren Buurma and his son Joel Buurma work together on the fifth generation family farm in Willard, Ohio. Meijer works with 125 local growers – up 25 percent during the past two years alone – within its six-state footprint.

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    Alsum Farms & Produce in Friesland, Wis. provides potatoes to Meijer stores in Wisconsin year round. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer began purchasing potatoes from Alsum Farms & Produce, a second generation family owned and operated business in Friesland, Wis., nearly 4 years ago. They’re among more than 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Larry Alsum is the president and CEO of Alsum Farms & Produce, a 2,200-acre farm that employs several family members, including his daughters. Based on the farm’s sophisticated storing capabilities, it is able to supply Wisconsin Meijer stores with potatoes year round.

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    Larry Alsum is the president and CEO of Alsum Farms & Produce, a 2,200-acre farm that employs several family members, including his daughters. Based on the farm’s sophisticated storing capabilities, it is able to supply Wisconsin Meijer stores with potatoes year round.

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    Meijer began purchasing potatoes from Alsum Farms & Produce, a second generation family owned and operated business in Friesland, Wis., nearly 4 years ago. They’re among more than 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Alsum Farms & Produce in Friesland, Wis. provides potatoes to Meijer stores in Wisconsin year round. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer began purchasing kale, greens and herbs from J & J Dill, a 500-acre farm that services local Meijer stores in northern Illinois more than 3 years ago. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer began purchasing cabbage, sweet corn and squash from E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a fourth generation family farm in Byron Center, Mich., nearly 80 years ago when Ralph Miedema delivered cabbage and squash to Hendrik Meijer at the Greenville store. They’re among more than 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    A greenhouse at E. Miedema & Sons, Inc. houses cabbage waiting to be planted outdoors. Dave Miedema now operates E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a 1,500-acre farm, with several family members, including his sons and nephews. Meijer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Dave Miedema now operates E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a 1,500-acre farm, with several family members, including his sons and nephews. Meijer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer began purchasing cabbage, sweet corn and squash from E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a fourth generation family farm in Byron Center, Mich., nearly 80 years ago when Ralph Miedema delivered cabbage and squash to Hendrik Meijer at the Greenville store. They’re among more than 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Dave Miedema and his son, Jeremy Miedema, look out over their cabbage fields. E. Miedema & Sons, Inc. is a fourth generation family farm in Byron Center, Mich. They’re among more than 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Meijer began purchasing cabbage, sweet corn and squash from E. Miedema & Sons, Inc., a fourth generation family farm in Byron Center, Mich., nearly 80 years ago when Ralph Miedema delivered cabbage and squash to Hendrik Meijer at the Greenville store. They’re among more than 125 growers across the Midwest that participates in the Meijer locally-grown program.

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    Meijer buys more than 11 million ears of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio-grown sweet corn annually. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer is one of the largest purchases of many fruits and vegetables in its Midwest footprint. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer is one of the largest purchases of many fruits and vegetables in its Midwest footprint. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer is one of the largest purchases of many fruits and vegetables in its Midwest footprint. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer purchases an estimated 40 million pounds of potatoes each year from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer expanded its locally-grown program to include more than 125 growers across six Midwest states with an economic impact of nearly $100 million.

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    Meijer is committed to buying locally grown produce when available as long as the quality meets its high standards. Meijer currently works with more than 100 growers throughout the Midwest.

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    Meijer has been buying local since doors opened at the first store in 1934. Today, Meijer is one of the largest purchasers of many fruits and vegetables in its Midwest footprint, contributing $80 million back into the local economy.

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    Meijer purchases more than 75 fruits and vegetables from local growers, including about 40 million pounds of potatoes each year from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

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    As Michigan growers predict the best apple harvest this state has ever experienced, Meijer remains a strong supporter of purchasing locally-grown produce. In fact, Meijer supports an estimated 200 apple growers in Michigan, many of which have supplied the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer for more than six generations.

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    Meijer supports an estimated 200 apple growers in Michigan, many of which have supplied the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer for more than six generations. Meijer is committed to purchasing locally-grown produce as long as the quality meets its high standards.

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    Meijer sells an estimated 25 million pounds of Michigan apples each year. Meijer is committed to purchasing locally-grown produce as long as the quality meets its high standards.

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    Meijer supports an estimated 200 apple growers in Michigan, many of which have supplied the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer for more than six generations. Meijer is committed to purchasing locally-grown produce as long as the quality meets its high standards.

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    Meijer supports an estimated 200 apple growers in Michigan, many of which have supplied the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer for more than six generations. Meijer is committed to purchasing locally-grown produce as long as the quality meets its high standards.

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    Meijer supports an estimated 200 apple growers in Michigan, many of which have supplied the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer for more than six generations. Meijer is committed to purchasing locally-grown produce as long as the quality meets its high standards.

  • Meijer - Fresh Michigan-grown tomatoes year-round

    Meijer has something customers have been missing: Fresh, vine-ripened Michigan-grown tomatoes year-round, even in the middle of winter, thanks to a strong partnership with Mastronardi Produce and their state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. Meijer is committed to buying locally-grown produce as long as the quality meets its high standards, and as a result, works with more than 100 local growers and businesses in the Midwest, representing an economic impact of more than $80 million annually. 

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    Stacks of empty tomato boxes at the Mastronardi Produce greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    Robotic carts bring stacks of empty boxes into the Coldwater, Mich. greenhouse for Mastronardi Produce employees to place hand-picked tomatoes on the vine. Mastronardi grows the tomatoes year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    A Mastronardi Produce employee moves a cart of tomatoes inside the Coldwater, Mich. greenhouse. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    A vine of tomatoes at the Mastronardi Produce greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. bears fruit at different stages of the growing process. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    Mastronardi Produce’s Coldwater, Mich. greenhouse uses Integrated Pest Management in the form bumble bees to naturally pollenate the fruit. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    Meijer has something customers have been missing: fresh, vine-ripened Michigan-grown tomatoes year-round, even in the middle of winter, thanks to Mastronardi Produce’s state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    The tomato plants grown at the greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich., lift off the ground, which is more ergonomic for Mastronardi Produce employees who harvest them. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    Meijer was on board with the Coldwater, Mich. greenhouse before Mastronardi Produce broke ground in 2011. The greenhouse is more than 25-feet-tall and features an energy curtain inside that draws across the plants after the sun goes down to hold in the heat. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    A flower bud will soon bear fruit at the Mastronardi Produce greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. Tomatoes are considered a fruit because it comes from a flower. Mastronardi grows tomatoes on the vine year-round for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    Meijer customers can purchase Markets of Meijer Tomatoes on the Vine that are grown in Mastronardi Produce’s greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. 

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    Mastronardi Produce employees hand pick tomatoes on the vine from the Coldwater, Mich. greenhouse that Meijer customers can pick up from the produce department the next day. 

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    Mastronardi Produce utilizes grow lights, making it possible to grow fresh tomatoes year-round. Mastronardi supplies tomatoes on the vine for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    A vine of tomatoes at the Mastronardi Produce greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. bears fruit at different stages of the growing process. Mastronardi supplies tomatoes on the vine for Meijer stores throughout the Midwest.

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    Robotic carts carrying full boxes of hand-picked tomatoes exit the Mastronardi Produce greenhouse before being placed in biodegradable packaging. The Markets of Meijer Tomatoes on the Vine grown in Coldwater, Mich. showcase a sticker on the bag that states “Grown in Michigan.” 

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    The Markets of Meijer Tomatoes on the Vine grown at the Mastronardi Produce greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. showcase a sticker on the bag that states “Grown in Michigan.”

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    Mastronardi Produce utilizes state-of-the-art technology at its Coldwater, Mich. greenhouse to deliver fresh, Michigan-grown tomatoes on the vine to Meijer customers year-round, even in the middle of winter.

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    Meijer has a long-standing partnership – more than 40 years – with Mastronardi Produce, which helped the grower open a greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich., and ultimately gave Meijer customers something they’d been missing: fresh, locally-grown tomatoes all year long.

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    The Markets of Meijer Tomatoes on the Vine grown at the Mastronardi Produce greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. showcase a sticker on the bag that states “Grown in Michigan.”

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    Meijer is committed to buying locally-grown produce when it’s available as long as the quality meets its high standards. Meijer is offering customers fresh, locally-grown tomatoes well beyond Michigan’s traditional tomato growing season of late July to October.

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