press release

July 7, 2014

Contact:
Christopher Brand
July 7, 2014
717-240-1017
christopher.brand@giantmartins.com

CELEBRATE YOUR LOCAL FARMER AT GIANT FOOD STORES AND MARTIN’S FOOD MARKETS

Carlisle, PA – In partnership with more than 75 farmers, an array of farm fresh produce grown within your local community can now be found at all GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. Among the popular local produce items that are currently in season and available at GIANT/MARTIN’S include corn, tomatoes, green beans, mushrooms, squash, blueberries, cucumbers and green peppers.

“For over 90 years, we have been proud partners with local farmers,” said John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications. “Now’s the time to celebrate and enjoy the abundance of local fruits and vegetables at your favorite GIANT or MARTIN’S.”

All GIANT/MARTIN’S stores feature a fun, interactive photo cutout in the produce department. Customers are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves or their family with the cutout and post to either the GIANT or MARTIN’S Facebook page now through the end of July for a chance to win a $25 gift card and a canvas bag. Two winners will be drawn each week.

On Saturday, July 26, all GIANT/MARTIN’S stores will feature a special children’s “Here We Grow” event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each child will receive a free apple, farm-related activity sheets, produce samples and a canvas bag giveaway, while supplies last.

Customers can visit giantfoodstores.com/local or martinsfoods.com/local to find complete information about GIANT/MARTIN’S local produce including, recipes and cooking tips for fresh summer produce. “Both fruits and vegetables are great to throw on the grill when seasoned with your favorite herbs and spices and make for flavorful side dishes or desserts,” continued MacDonald.

A complete list and map of where the produce is from and videos of featured local farmers, including Buona Farms from Chester County, PA and Dodd’s Acres Farm in Mechanicsville, VA, is also available online.

GIANT/MARTIN’S has been a leader in the buy local movement for many years, supporting local farmers and manufacturers in the states where they operate stores. GIANT/MARTIN’S has been a participant in Pennsylvania’s buy local program PA Preferred since it was launched, receiving the first-ever PA Preferred “Retailer of the Year” award along with the Leadership Award for Excellence in Agriculture presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Additionally, the grocers participate in Maryland’s Best and Virginia Grown programs.

About GIANT/MARTIN’S

Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit www.GiantFoodStores.com and www.MartinsFoods.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/giantfoodstores and facebook.com/martinsfoods and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.