Schnuck Markets, Inc
The Closest Farmers Market Is At Your Neighborhood Schnucks
ST. LOUIS – According to Schnuck Markets, Inc. Vice President of Produce Mike O’Brien, today’s economy has rekindled an interest in planting home gardens and in supporting local growers who make their living off the land.
“The economy and increasing interest in sustainability has more people growing their own food, and these modern day ‘victory’ gardens are not only ways to eat healthy, but they are quite possibly ways to regain control in uncertain times,” O’Brien said. He explained that during war times, home gardens helped supplement food shortages. “Similarly, the current recession has more people interested in getting back to the basics of homegrown and home cooked meals,” he added.
“Schnucks works with more than 50 local growers who take pride in delivering homegrown products that have that ‘straight from the garden’ taste. Schnucks produce departments receive local deliveries several times a week and many go directly to the store, bypassing the warehouse, to ensure the freshest product and saving customers money,” O’Brien said. “Over the coming months, our customers will notice our efforts to showcase products from some of the best farms in the Midwest.”
Among those is Thies Farms of Maryland Heights, Mo., a local partner Schnucks relies on for a variety of produce including cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and squash. Thies Farms have been in business for 135 years, and Dave Thies along with his brother, Darrell, are the fifth generation of the family to run the 35-employee, 200-acre farm.
Dave Theis said, “Our family has been working with Schnucks for more than 30 years. We communicate directly with the produce manager at each store to ensure that they have the products their customers want. We can then harvest our vegetables and have them in the store the next day if not sooner.”
Other local partners include Prouhet Farms, Zimmerman Farms, Eckert’s, Edward’s Melon Company and Pin Oak Farms.
O’Brien notes that when walking through the produce department of local Schnucks stores, shoppers will notice signs with pictures highlighting the many local growers. “Our customers have told us that they want more locally grown produce, and we are responding. When it comes to fruits and vegetable we want our customers to consider us produce experts.” he said.
“Whether it’s from the farm next door or from half way around the world, Schnucks produce departments carry the products that our customers desire,” O’Brien added.
Recently, Schnucks received the Produce for Better Health Foundation's (PBH) Supermarket Retail Role Model honors for the second consecutive year for the company’s support of the Fruits and Veggies-More Matters® health initiative. For more information, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 105 stores (including five Logli stores) and 101 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.
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