Edible Philly Spring 2014 : Cover2

organic Produce? It’s hard to beat the West Coast for growing conditions, particularly a temperate climate which allows for a longer season. So it’s no surprise that today we rely heavily on this area for our supply of organic produce. However, things are beginning to shift at Wegmans, in part due to the partnership we’ve created with regional growers Spiral Path Farms and Mason Farms. Through this partnership, we’re finding ways to extend the growing season in the Northeast. “Using high tunnels, we’ve managed to stretch the brief Northeastern growing season from a few months to 10 months,” says Dave Corsi, VP of Produce Operations. This in turn will enable our region to be more self-sufficient when it comes to organics. Why is it important to get more of our organic veggies and fruits closer to home? Regionally sourced organic veggies are obviously fresher, but they’ve also got a smaller carbon footprint. For example, shipping a trailer of California field greens to the east coast uses about 500 gallons of fuel! Growing closer to home impacts flavor, too. Those California field greens really have to be pretty durable to withstand the cross-country haul. Because locally grown greens are only traveling across a state, we can offer more choices, like flavorful varieties of baby kale and arugula. Learn more about Spiral Path Farms and Mason Farms—and the Wegmans Organic Farm—at wegmans.com/organicfarm. How is Wegmans helping our region grow more ÒWeÕre essentially creating the climate of Central California right here in the Northeast.Ó


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