The Sidney, Ohio-based distributor is sourcing locally-grown produce from farms in Ohio, Michigan and New York, according to a company news release.
The rich soil in the Great Lakes region is perfect for fruits and vegetables, and product spends less time getting to Freshway’s customers, according to the release.
Freshway’s Great Lakes-sourced produce will be available from July 1 to Oct. 15.
“Consumers are becoming more aware of the distance their food travels from the farm to the plate,” Roman Smith, the company’s director of procurement, said in the release. “This program reduces our carbon footprint and the ‘food miles’ to the end consumer.”
For more than 25 years, Freshway has sourced local produce from family farms, Dan Purdy, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release.
“These farms play an important economic role in their communities,” he said.