From your local growers.... at Big Y
Throughout the Connecticut River Valley, you'll find small farms devoted to their specialty like hand-picked fruits and vegetables. These family-owned and independent farms are a big part of the fabric of our region, helping ensure that our unique culture and cuisine will stay vital for generations to come. We’re committed to helping support these local farmers by bringing their delicious products directly to you, strengthening our New England community and building up our local economy. It's this simple: Buying from local growers means that the profits stay local. It helps keep our vibrant farming community thriving. It's also a benefit to the landscape, ensuring that green fields, farmlands and verdant orchards will be preserved for future generations.
What's more, local products are "green" in the truest sense of the word. They don't travel as far to get to you, so less fossil fuel is used, resulting in fewer carbon emissions. The bottom line: It's better for our air, soil and water.
We're proud to work with local farmers whenever we can. It helps keep these small businesses healthy, and it helps us bring the highest-quality merchandise to our customers. We're committed to providing the freshest, most flavorful foods that we can. In the spirit of community, we're proud to partner with other New Englanders who feel the same way.
Click on a farmer's image below to view a short video about the local grower
Belltown Hill Orchards
South Glastonbury, CT
At just over 106 years old, Belltown Hill Orchards is one of
the oldest and largest family farms in Glastonbury. Three generations of the Preli family have farmed the land since 1904 – all extremely passionate about growing the freshest and most delicious quality fruit. You’ll find their peaches and nectarines in our produce department this summer.
The Szawlowski potato farm was started by John R. Szawlowski, a Polish immigrant, in 1910. They just celebrated 100 years of growing potatoes in the region. Now the largest potato grower in New England with 2,500 acres in production, the farm is run by John’s four grandsons - Frank, Stanley, John and Chet - with the next generation in line to continue on with their legacy.
Fair Weather Acres
Rocky Hill, CT
Even though Fair Weather Acres began back at the turn of the 20th century as a dairy farm, it’s become one of the largest growers of beans in the Northeast, if not the whole country. And they’re just around the corner from our stores. They have been providing Big Y customers with snapping-fresh wax
and green beans for decades now.
For more than 60 years, the Calabrese family has been farming in Southwick. This 200-acre farm is currently run by Tom and Donna Calabrese and their three children. Many crops begin as seedlings in their 80,000-square-foot greenhouses during the cold winter months. When spring arrives, the plants are then transplanted outside to produce the freshest cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and sweet corn you will find in our area!
E. Cecchi Farm
Feeding Hills, MA
For the past three generations, the Big Y family has gotten fresh from-the-vine, summer-perfect tomatoes, zucchini, summer, butternut and acorn squash from E. Cecchi Farm. Everything they grow is picked and trucked to our stores daily – meaning that it’s just-picked fresh when you select it and take it home.
David Chamutka runs this 50-acre vegetable farm. He started his own farming business more than 30 years ago. Chamutka Farm supplies fresh whole and peeled butternut squash to Big Y - helping to make all your favorite butternut squash recipes delicious and easy to prepare.
Happy Valley Organics
Four different small farms make up this all-organic farming collective. They are able to share resources without competing for business, allowing them to provide more and better produce to their customers – a win-win situation for all involved. Big Y is proud to carry Happy Valley’s fresh herbs, salads, cooking greens and potatoes, harvested one day and on our shelves the next.
Manheim Farm has been family owned for more than
20 years. Located in Whately, Hugh Manheim and his sons
till and grow on 350 acres of land. Dubbed the “Personable Parsnip People”, the Manheim family also grows summer
and winter squash, radishes, zucchini, sweet corn and
turnips. Hugh takes great pride in his farm, and considers
it a privilege to be working as an American farmer.
East Longmeadow, MA
Sprouting up from a “pick-your-own” strawberry patch in the early 1980s, Meadowbrook Farms is now a 175-acre operation run as a labor of love by owner John Burney. The family run farm counts sweet summer corn, crisp cabbage and, of course, juicy strawberries as some of its specialties and you can find it all freshly-picked in your local Big Y produce department.
Nestled in the scenic foothills of the Berkshires, Mountain Orchard grows some of the area’s best peaches, pears, nectarines and 18 varieties of apples – including Paula Red, Mac, Macoun, Empire and Cortland. The orchard has been run by the Jensen family since 1919. Ed and Ann Jensen take pride in their produce and consider farming a lifelong hobby. Try their amazing produce today to experience that crisp mountain flavor.
Plainville Farm is a true American success story. The Czajkowski family emigrated from Poland with a dream and an eye to the future. The family settled in Hadley, on 10 acres of lush farmland on which to raise their family and grow crops. Many years later, the farm is still run by members of the Czajkowski family and has expanded to 100 acres that produce quality zucchini squash, summer squash, winter squash and cabbage for Big Y.
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Items from local farms subject to availability in all Big Y World Class Markets