As the growing season winds down, many of the local farmers markets are closing, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up locally-grown vegetables. Americans typically eat only one-third the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, and in our region that can drop off in the winter, when backyard gardens and local orchards are out of season. Take a walk down your Coborn’s aisles for your year-round farmers market. Farmers in places like Plainview, Minnesota and Mondovi, Wisconsin grow the frozen and canned Food Club vegetables you find at Coborn’s throughout the year.
Research has shown that fresh crops that are harvested early and shipped great distances can have significantly lower levels of delicate vitamins like C and the B vitamin thiamin. When vegetables are harvested at the very peak of ripeness and packaged within days–sometimes within hours–they retain the highest nutritional values. This is particularly true with frozen items. Food Club crops are grown, harvested, packaged, and brought to your local Coborn’s, often all within an hour’s drive. The shorter the distance between the farm and fork, the more nutrients the food retains. Even in the short days of winter, local Food Club vegetables hold all the sunshine of the day they were picked.
And it’s not just fruits and veggies. Food Club uses local sources for grocery staples as well. Food Club pastas–elbow macaroni, shells, vermicelli–are manufactured in New Hope, Minnesota. Many Food Club cereals–from frosted flakes to crunchy raisin bran–come from Lakeville, Minnesota.
Food Club quality is absolutely guaranteed- if you are not 100% satisfied with a product, you will receive double your purchase price refunded.
Coborn’s started as a small produce market in Sauk Rapids, MN back in 1921. We’ve always placed a premium on supporting hometown farmers, growers and producers. Next time your family has skillet cornbread, you can know the corn may very well have come from Reedsberg, Wisconsin. When you enjoy your family’s favorite green bean casserole, the beans could hail from Owatonna, Minnesota.
Locally-sourced products are good for our community and good for our families. Enjoy!