Discover Local Products at Big Y
Paul and Gerry D'Amour, founded Big Y in 1936 in a village of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Over the years, Big Y has grown, with World Class Market locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Big Y is still a family owned business that takes pride in the fact that we are a local business serving local communities.
All throughout our area, you'll find small farms and food producers, each one devoted to its own specialty: Hand-picked fruits and vegetables, just-caught seafood, handmade breads and cheeses. These family-owned and independent farms and companies are a big part of the fabric of our region, helping ensure that our unique culture, cuisine and flavors will continue to stay vital for generations to come.
We bring their delicious products directly to you, helping you to discover new local products, and strengthening our New England community and building up our local economy.
We're proud to work with local producers whenever we can.
Not only does it help keep these small businesses healthy, but it helps us bring the best, highest-quality merchandise to our customers. We're committed to providing our shoppers with the finest, freshest and most flavorful foods that we can, and in the spirit of community togetherness, we're proud to partner with other New Englanders who feel the same way, partnering with over 500 local businesses with over 4,000 individual local products. These items can be found across every department in our store. We just can't get enough local and continue to discover new local partners throughout the region.
Local products help to keep our local community thriving.
Buying from local growers, businesses and manufacturers means that the profits stay local. Helping to keep these small producers in business is good for the local economy, and helps to 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.
Not only does it taste better, locally grown food is often better for you.
Fresh produce starts to lose nutrients as soon as it's picked; the longer the wait time between harvest and preparation, the more nutrients are lost. Since it's harvested and sold often within a day or two, locally-grown produce packs a much larger nutritional punch.
What's more, local products are "green" in the truest sense of the word.
Because they don't travel as far to get to you, less fossil fuel is used, resulting in fewer carbon emissions. Smaller local farms are also far more likely to produce food using sustainable growing methods and to avoid chemical pesticides, genetically altered food and hormones. The bottom line: It's better for our air, soil and water.
Look for the "I'm Local" logo for products grown or manufactured near you.
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