GIANT Food Stores celebrate local farmers

Submitted photo GIANT fun, interactive photo cutout that customers are encouraged to pose with and post to GIANT's Facebook page.

Carlisle, PA –In partnership with more than 75 farmers, an array of farm fresh produce grown within your local community can now be found at all GIANT Food Stores.

Among the popular local produce items that are currently in season and available at GIANT include corn, tomatoes, green beans, mushrooms, squash, blueberries, cucumbers and green peppers.

“For over 90 years, we have been proud partners with local farmers,” said John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications. “Now’s the time to celebrate and enjoy the abundance of local fruits and vegetables at your favorite GIANT.”

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All GIANT stores feature a fun, interactive photo cutout in the produce department.

Customers are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves or their family with the cutout and post to either the GIANT Facebook page now through the end of July for a chance to win a $25 gift card and a canvas bag. Two winners will be drawn each week.

On Saturday, July 26, all GIANT stores will feature a special children’s “Here We Grow” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each child will receive a free apple, farm-related activity sheets, produce samples and a canvas bag giveaway, while supplies last.

For four consecutive Saturdays, July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, the Kutztown Outdoor Farmers Market will be featured in the parking lot of the Kutztown GIANT located at 15100 Kutztown Road. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., customers can shop for fresh local produce and select bakery items. Fresh product sampling, a corn hole game, music and fun for kids will also be featured as part of the Kutztown Outdoor Farmers Market.

Customers can visit giantfoodstores.com/local or martinsfoods.com/local to find complete information about GIANT local produce including, recipes and cooking tips for fresh summer produce. “Both fruits and vegetables are great to throw on the grill when seasoned with your favorite herbs and spices and make for flavorful side dishes or desserts,” continued MacDonald.

A complete list and map of where the produce is from and videos of featured local farmers, including Buona Farms from Chester County, PA is also available online.

GIANT has been a leader in the buy local movement for many years, supporting local farmers and manufacturers in the states where they operate stores. GIANT has been a participant in Pennsylvania’s buy local program PA Preferred since it was launched, receiving the first-ever PA Preferred “Retailer of the Year” award along with the Leadership Award for Excellence in Agriculture presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

For more information visit www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfoodstores or facebook.com/martinsfoods and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.