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  • Blueberries

    Blueberries are nearly synonymous with summer and usually available into early fall. Although blueberry lovers are most familiar with them in jellies, jams, pies, and muffins, they make a sweet and delicious addition to fresh salads, and the skin and flesh of the smaller lowbush blueberry can be made into an excellent wine. And if you like to load up your smoothies with antioxidants, you definitely want to keep blueberries on hand, as they pack more antioxidants pound-for-pound than any other common fruit or vegetable. Blueberries ripen in about 2-5 weeks on the bush. They can be harvested by gently shaking a bush and catching the falling berries, and they should be stored in a cool, dry place.

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  • Zucchini

    Zucchini is a summer squash and delicious cooked, in salads, or shredded and baked into breads, muffins, even chocolate cake (like carrots, but zucchini adds its own subtly sweet richness and moist texture). Larger zucchinis are better for baking and the smaller ones are better for cooking. Zucchini can actually grow to be about a yard long, but it's harvested at half that size or smaller when the flavor is at its peak. Like the tomato, zucchini is prepared and eaten like a vegetable, but it's actually a fruit. And color doesn't affect taste or quality, but if you're adding to salads or smoothies, the darker varieties usually contain more nutrients.

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  • Greens

    Also called vegetable greens, leafy greens or salad greens, greens are plant leaves you can eat raw, steamed, sautéed, simmered, or blended into a smoothie. Kale, turnip, mustard and collard greens are in season right now. Kale is earthy and slightly bitter (younger kale is milder); its high antioxidant content has earned it a reputation as a "superfood." Turnip greens are also bitter and enjoyed for their calcium content. Mustard greens have a peppery bite, similar to a radish. Collard greens are sometimes described as tasting like mild kale or bitter spinach. Almost all greens make delicious salads and smoothies, where it's easy to add layers of flavor with other fruits and vegetables. Raw greens freeze well and many varieties are naturally sweeter after a frost (in the ground or in your freezer).

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  • Green Beans

    What's the difference between green beans, snap beans, and string beans? Nothing at all. They're one in the same and just as delicious, easy, and versatile no matter what you call them. Although they may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when making a smoothie, green beans are excellent in green smoothies, and if you can get kids past the color, tropicalizing your green bean smoothie with mangoes and pineapples will wow 'em with the taste. When not being used in a smoothie, green beans are usually served steamed, boiled, fried or baked. When boiling, they'll continue to cook after you remove them from boiling water, so you should take them out before they're done or soak them in cold water.

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meet a few of our farmers

    • Naturipe® is a farmer-owned producer of healthy, good-for-you fresh berries grown by working family farmers. Naturipe® farmers define themselves by their close harmony with nature. By sharing resources, skills, labor and knowledge, Naturipe® growers are able to provide consistent and diverse seasonal crops and strengthen the local farm community. Naturipe® is dedicated to living within the Earth’s limits, and understanding the connections between the social, economic and environmental pieces of our community to ensure a bright future for generations to come.

    • Like us, Greiner Farms takes pride in being local. For over a decade, they’ve provided Meijer customers with Michigan-grown produce. Family-owned and spanning 2,000 acres in Hart, MI, the farm operates two packing and shipping facilities where they grow, pack, and ship asparagus, zucchini, sweet corn, hard squash, pumpkins, and apples. Just miles from Lake Michigan, their location offers great weather conditions and a sandy, loamy soil that allows plants to flourish and pull out clean and undamaged. Todd Greiner Farms takes pride in growing, packing and shipping exceptional quality.

    • Lubbers Brothers Farms in Zeeland, Michigan has been growing leafy greens for over 30 years and have been supplying Meijer with fresh romaine, escarole, endive, and other leafy green lettuces from their 100-acre farm since 1998.

    • Bolthouse Farms was founded in 1915 in Grant, Michigan and has been supplying Meijer for close to 80 years. Bolthouse Farms now harvests 275-300 acres each year in Michigan and believes in the power of innovation to connect people with fresher food and take them on a journey to change the way they think about and use fresh fruits and veggies. Bolthouse Farms never stops learning and partnering with others who share their cause.

    • In the late 1930’s, Ralph Miedema began delivering produce to the first Meijer store in Greenville, Michigan. Over the years, Elmer, Dave and Ken Miedema have strived to deliver the freshest sweet corn, cabbage, napa, bok choy and squash to Meijer. The Miedema family now farms over 1,500 acres and is proud to be supplying Meijer for over 75 years.

    • Like Meijer, Jenkins Potato Farm is family-owned rooted in quality. For over 30 years, they’ve provided Meijer customers with Michigan-grown potatoes. Jenkins Potato Farm is GAP certified by the USDA and one of the largest producers of potatoes in Michigan.

    • In the early 1900's, Robert Kitchen came to Northern Michigan to work in the timber industry and fell in love with the tall trees, fresh air and cool, clear water. He bought 80 acres of land and a team of horses and planted his first crop of potatoes. Today, William and Donald (3rd and 4th generation) own and operate on what is now over 5,000 acres of land that make up Kitchen Farms Inc, and since 1980 have been supplying Meijer with the world's finest eating potatoes - reds, whites, and russets.

    • Riveridge is located in the heart of 37,000 acres near Sparta on Michigan’s famed “Fruit Ridge,” a swath of land elevated nearly 1000 feet above sea level. The area's natural irrigation, cool breezes and frost-mitigation provide an ideal climate for Riveridge's 117 family-operated orchards to produce 22 varieties of apples. Riveridge growers that supply Meijer include J&J Orchards, Joe Rasch Orchards, and Rasch Family Orchards.

    • Ruhlig Farms is a fourth generation farming family. David and Rosanne Ruhlig, both from farming families, met at Detroit's Eastern Market and started a 40-acre farm in 1965. Today, that farm is over 1,000 acres and provides bedding plants, hanging baskets, potted plants, and fresh produce to the Detroit area. Meijer began buying fresh produce from Ruhlig Farms in 1980, and today buys melons, greens, kohlrabi, and bunch vegetables.

    • VanSingel Farms is a 3rd generation family grower farming 1,500 acres located on the Grand Marsh in Western Michigan. VanSingel Farms manages the complete growing process from start to finish and has been providing onions to Meijer since 1986. In fact, VanSingel is the largest grower, packer and distributor of onions in Michigan, and also has a full service storage and packaging program providing produce year-round.

    • Gary Bartley Farms is a 300 acre fruit and vegetable farm in Dowagiac and has been owned and operated by Gary and Patty Bartley for over 27 years. Gary Bartley Farms was awarded the 2013 Master Farm Award by the Michigan Vegetable Council. Gary and Patty also grow apples, winter squash, cucumbers, and specialty peppers.

    • Buurma Farms was founded in 1896 by Frank Buurma, a Dutch immigrant who heard that some swamp land was available at a modest price in an area just south of what is today Willard, Ohio. Frank started out with 4 acres of land, and celery was his only crop. Today, Buurma Farms, Inc. farms nearly 2,500 acres and 30 different crops, and has been supplying greens, squash, green onions, bulbs and tops to Meijer since the mid 1990's.

    • Three generations of farmers at Michael Farms have provided sweet corn, green beans, cabbage, and potatoes to Meijer for over 30 years. What started as a small potato farm on 130 acres has grown to be the largest vegetable farm in Ohio, encompassing nearly 3,000 acres, and is still dedicated to the freshest produce, family values, employees, and community.

    • From field to fork, Alsum Farms & Produce grows, sources, packs and delivers the highest quality fresh fruits and veggies, which includes potatoes, pumpkins, and onions for Meijer. They grow eco-friendly russet, red, white, golden and purple Healthy Grown® Wisconsin potatoes in the Lower Wisconsin River Valley, and partner with other family farms to provide over 300 quality fruits and vegetables every day of the year.

    • Fourth-generation Richard and Roderick Gumz are committed to a work ethic and a land ethic – both of which they've been proud to share with Meijer customers since the first Meijer store opened in Wisconsin. Gumz Farms products come from the rich, organic muck soils of Wisconsin's Marquette, Columbia, Sauk, and Adams counties. As stewards of the land, they utilize responsible agricultural practices and are committed to the core values passed down by four generations of Gumz family farmers.

    • J and J Dill has been supplying Meijer with parsley, root vegetables, cilantro, beets, and pumpkins since 2000, and for more than three years, Meijer has been buying kale, greens and herbs from J & J Dill. Coming from five generations of farmers, 24-year-old James Goebbert runs J & J Dill and began farming in high school. He now employs more than 50 people on his 500-acre farm. “We appreciate Meijer’s commitment to buying locally,” James said. “It ensures their customers are getting the freshest, safest products available.”

    • Julius Mouzin founded the first Mouzin Brothers Farms in 1935. Now over 4,000 acres, the third generation of Mouzins continues a strong family tradition of experience, honesty, and integrity. The Mouzins are a family of dedicated growers, packers and shippers who specialize in the highest quality watermelons, sweet corn, and pumpkins, and have been supplying Meijer since 2002, and after almost a century of business, we’re both still dedicated to selling only the freshest produce possible.

fresh & easy recipes

Grilled Asparagus

Blueberry Pie

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