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Associated Retail Operations is operating local farmers' markets in its Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores in Utah. Aligning with consumer preferences for local products, the in-store program includes signage highlighting locally grown produce and the farmers who grow it, as well as parking lot tent sales on Saturdays.
“Buying from Utah farmers and growers allows us to offer our guests the freshest produce at great prices, since it doesn’t have to travel as far,” said Danni Barnhart, produce manager for Salt Lake City-based Associated Retail Operations. “As locally owned retailers, it is important for us to support other local businesses, especially our farmers and growers. Our guests love that we offer a wide variety of Utah-grown products.”
Associated Retail Operations partners with 33 Utah farmers and growers who are GAP-certified or in the final stages of certification, which was set by the USDA as part of the new food safety regulations.