Growers group moves local produce in Atlanta

01/03/2013 02:41:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

A growers’ coalition is helping stock an Atlanta Whole Foods Market Inc. store with more vegetables grown in Georgia.

Whole Foods Atlanta local produceGeorgia GrownA growers coalition is helping move local produce into an Atlanta Whole Foods store.Through a partnership between the Austin, Texas-based chain and the Local Vendors Coalition, which helps Georgia growers market produce, Whole Foods plans to feature Georgia Grown vegetables at its Buckhead store, according to a news release.

Coalition president Matt Granados said the group handles logistics to move produce to grocery chains, restaurants and other venues, according to the release.

Growers pay a monthly fee to belong to the group.

Granados said he started the coalition after unsuccessful attempts to find local produce in Atlanta grocery stores.

Many growers at Atlanta farmers markets told him they had no way to sell to grocery chains because it wasn’t commercially feasible for the buyers to work with dozens of small growers, according to the release.

Granados said he expects shoppers will find Georgia produce from coalition members in more grocery stores this year.

The coalition is a member of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program.



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Joe Bruno    
Buckhead  |  January, 04, 2013 at 07:43 AM

About time someone did this! I can't believe it took this long. I can't find anything local at my store and I am the type of person that wants to support the local guys - plus this local stuff has to be better than the crap I am forced to buy from out of the country. Looks like I will be shopping at Whole Foods from now on! Does anyone know when this starts?

js    
buckhead  |  January, 04, 2013 at 07:04 PM

wonder if these local growers are required to meet the same food safety guidelines as commercial growers? could put a lot of the public at risk eating someones backyard cantaloupe that got grazed over by a passing cow or pig.

Art    
Montréal  |  January, 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM

I am more than happy to see those Initiative This is good for everyone Especially the planet. But like the second comment everyone is got to play by the same rule. I am pretty sure that a chainstore of any size will require your from those GROWERS to be GAP.

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