I remember last year as being the first year I had ever purchased locally grown produce in a grocery store in my area. It was actually in Walmart (can you believe it?), and they are ramping up their efforts to get fresher food to communities faster via their Locally Grown program.
While it's still too early in Nebraska to see much locally grown in stores right now, it will be a matter of a week or so before I will get to buy fresh tomatoes from a family farm in Nebraska, but at Walmart prices!
|Last year's locally grown display|
As more produce becomes available in my area, we can expect to see big signs and clear advertising of the items grown by people in my state! I'm most looking forward to tomatoes, but I imagine there will be lots of sweet corn, too!
Not only does locally sourced food guarantee a fresher, more quality produce is available for feeding your family, it does good things for small farmers, too. Check out this sweet video for an example:
As a child of farmers, and someone who has a HUGE garden to help support my large family, this initiative by Walmart to increase the amount of locally sourced food is important to me. (In 2011, they managed to double the amount of locally grown foods in stores.)
Have you seen locally grown items at your local Walmart? Do you buy locally grown for your kids?
*I am a participant in the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for my time on this post. Participation in this program is voluntary. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.