Buying locally and supporting local growers, farmers, artisans, businesses and communities has been a top priority of Harmons dating back to the original Market Spot. Focusing on local people and products creates benefits that reach far beyond our customers and local partners.
Bringing in fruits and vegetables from local growers ensures you will be able to get produce at the peak of freshness. Our growers are able to provide superior produce picked at just the right time. Because it does not have to travel across the country, or from other parts of the world, there is no need for early picking, freezing or artificial ripening. Also, because we have growers who grow specifically for Harmons, we are often able to provide unique produce and offer produce that may otherwise be affected by national recalls, weather situations or other environmental occurrences.
Quality and freshness benefits extend to more local products than just produce. We visit many of our local partners and have been able to experience, and participate in, all the steps it takes to bring great products to our customers. From getting muddy with livestock and venturing into salt mines, to riding tractors and forming cheese wheels, we have seen first-hand the great pride and care that goes into finding, raising and making some of these wonderful products.Go green, save the green, share the green. Sustainability, savings on multiple levels and keeping local dollars circulating through our local economy are all natural benefits of buying and selling local products. Traveling shorter distances means less fuel needs to be used, a reduction in both fuel emissions and transportation costs. Many of our local growers, farmers, and manufacturers practice organic and sustainable methods, reducing or eliminating chemicals entering our environment and our bodies. Someone has to pick the fruit, run the equipment, manage the accounts and drive the trucks. Supporting our local partners keeps jobs in our communities and money flowing through our local economy.