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Many people love farmers’ markets because of the locally-sourced fruits and veggies, but did you know you can find locally-sourced produce in our stores? For more than 85 years Publix has worked hard to create relationships with local growers because it is important for us to support the communities we operate in. Our produce team strives to provide each store with an opportunity to showcase fresh locally grown produce throughout their peak growing season whenever possible.

Items that are part of our local program are grown or harvested right in your state. The core items that are typically available throughout the local program include tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, eggplant, green peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and cabbage.  Our corporate produce teams spend many hours on the road visiting and building new relationships with local growers and suppliers to make sure our customers have the best options to choose from. Learn more about just a few of the farms we work with in your state!

Georgia

We carry several different kinds of Georgia produce beyond the well-known pecans and peaches. We carry sweet Vidalia onions, blueberries, watermelon, greens and more. A few of the Georgia growers we work with include Lewis Taylor Farms, Pioneer Growers and L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms, Inc.

Virginia

With its mild climate, Virginia produces a variety of fruits and veggies including apples, potatoes and tomatoes. We carry Hanover tomatoes which are very popular in Virginia, in fact there is an entire festival showcasing them! You can find produce from Fresh2o, Kirby Farms and Sunnyside Farms in our Virginia stores.

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The Carolinas

Both North and South Carolina farms offer a variety of produce including corn, cabbage, blackberries and beets. Check our produce department to find products from local farms including Barbee Farms, Fresh PiK Produce, Cherry Hill Farms, Titan Farms, WP Rawl and Watsonia Farms.

Alabama

Thanks to the mild climate, Alabama has a long growing season. Cabbage, lettuce and peaches are prominent here. You can find local produce from Owls Hollow Farms, Southern Organics and Durbin Farms in your produce section.

Tennessee

Delicious fruits and veggies come from the state of Tennessee. There’s plenty of summer heat, which provides a long growing season. Tennessee produce includes tomatoes, green beans, arugula, zucchini and yellow squash. Some of our local growers include Turley’s Tomatoes, Dennison’s Family Farms and Lyon Family Farms.

 

Our local produce program ultimately focuses on providing fresh, high quality produce with premier food safety standards from each of our operating states. We focus on small to mid-size growers, along with the larger growers.

You can “shop local,” while also doing your weekly grocery shopping at Publix. To learn more about our other local products in your store, check out our blog.

Caroline A.

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Caroline A. started with Publix as a cashier in 2015 and has developed a passion for writing and social media. She loves being a part of Publix’s culture and enjoys bringing new ideas to The Publix Checkout by writing about topics customers might not know about the company. Pub Subs and Publix Sweet Tea are her favorites, and you’ll always find her with an iced coffee in hand. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys traveling, watching college football and playing with her fur child.

2 Comments on “Everything You Need to Know About Locally Grown Produce in Each State

    1. Caroline A.Caroline A.

      Hi Steven, Your local Produce department should have signage that states which products are locally sourced. I suggest speaking to your local Produce team about additional information about the products.

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