Written by: Tyler Blance
It’s August in the Northeast, and the tassels on the corn stalks are swayin’ in the breeze! Locally grown sweet corn is in full-swing this time of year, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
At Price Chopper, we’re big on supporting local farmers and growers- we’ve been working with many of our farmers for decades! Our locally grown produce program encompasses a large variety of fruits and vegetables grown right here in the Northeast, but we get extra excited about sweet corn.
We have local growers that supply us corn straight from the farm to various stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as our warehouse. Additionally, we support a variety of different smaller-sized sweet corn growers, from Pennsylvania up to the northernmost sections of New York and Vermont and down into Connecticut, and each of these growers means a lot to us. After all, we’re a business local to the Northeast, so we make it a priority to support growers (like small sweet corn growers) in the communities we’re a part of, and we’ve done so for a long time.
Take small town, third generation farmer Frank Grabowski of Castleton, Vermont for example. When the nearby Rutland Price Chopper opened its doors to the public in the early 90’s, Frank began delivering us his hand-picked sweet corn, grown just a few miles from the store. Every summer since then, Grabowski Farm sweet corn has been trucked up the road to our Rutland store for customers to enjoy. Nowadays, the farm still runs the same “mom ‘n pop” way, with the addition of Frank’s son and recently his grandson, and the delivery addition of our West Rutland store, located right next to some of Frank’s corn fields!
This summer, make sure to enjoy plenty of sweet corn, especially local sweet corn. And if you’re in the Rutland area, visit Frank Grabowski’s farm stand, located on Old Route 9 just past the West Rutland Price Chopper!
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