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We’ve been selling locally grown produce since the 1930s. Today, we’re buying produce from more than 150 Ohio and Illinois growers and farmers and our abundant assortment of farm-to-table produce led Heinen’s to be ranked as one of the Top 3 Grocers in the nation for produce quality and variety by Consumer Reports in 2019.

Local produce in Heinen's produce departmenr

Heinen’s Produce Department

Take one look at our produce department and you’ll know that we select the highest quality fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness. Our produce buyers are experts at finding the finest produce locally, regionally and from around the world by forming one-on-one relationships with farmers and growers. Today, we carry more than 400 varieties of fruits and vegetables, 150 of which are fresh, USDA certified organic.

Much of our produce is found as a result of our decades-long commitment to supporting local farmers and growers. Throughout the year, we proudly offer a wide selection of local organic and other locally grown produce items from our own backyard. These partnerships guarantee products are harvested and delivered to our stores at the height of ripeness, oftentimes arriving the same day they are picked. Moreover, our commitment to building relationships means growers save the top of the crop for our customers.

Blackberry Baked Oatmeal

Made Fresh In-Store

We offer a wide variety of fresh ground nut butter, freshly squeezed juice, and the highest quality fruit, cut up and ready to eat.

Midwest Grown

Heinen’s Produce Buyers Bring Home the Best

The men responsible for the annual debut of locally grown produce at Heinen’s are among the most experienced, enthusiastic and committed produce buyers in the industry.

Farm to Table Freshness with Heinen’s Local Growers

In season, locally grown produce makes up as much as 70 percent of the selection in Heinen’s produce department. The lineup of lettuces, radishes, green onions, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, and more, represents the output of hundreds of family farms, located within the state of Ohio.

Bidding on the Best at The County Line Produce Auction

Longstanding is the perfect word to describe Heinen’s relationship with the County Line Produce Auction. For nearly 10 years, Heinen’s has worked with this local auction to bid on the best local produce. 

Meet Our Partners

We value relationships with local farms and knowing our sources. Meet our growers who provide us with the best produce.

Local Ohio Growers

Buckeye Fresh

Buckeye Fresh grows their greens and veggies with a state-of-the-art indoor vertical growing system that uses 98% less water than farms out West. The crops are grown from non-GMO seeds and are herbicide- and pesticide-free. Harvest is five days a week, year-round for peak flavor and it arrives to our stores often within 24 hours. Located in Medina, OH.

County Line Produce Auction

At Heinen’s, we value knowing exactly where our food comes from and forming relationships with the growers. The County Line Produce Auction allows us to do just that with the unrivaled freshness of their produce! Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the summer, local Ohio Amish growers deliver their freshly picked squash, onions, peppers, beans, eggplant, tomatoes and other produce directly to the auction where it is sold within hours and sent to our stores the next day. Located in West Salem, OH.

Polter’s Strawberries

Steve and Tony Polter are two Buckeyes passionate about strawberries and pumpkins. After studying at OSU, they came home to raise 20 acres of juicy berries and pickable pumpkins on sandy lake bottom soil that’s ideal for growing. For more than 10 years, they’ve made the summer and fall months delicious with their “pick of the patch” produce. Located in Freemont, OH.

NatureFresh Farms

NatureFresh Farms grows vine-ripened tomatoes every day of the year in their state-of-the-art Delta, OH greenhouse facility. Their plants begin as non-GMO seeds and are grown in recycled coco fibre made from coconut husks. They are fanatics about quality and believe that anything is possible if the right people are brought together. Located in Delta, OH.

Fruit Growers Marketing

If you love apples and peaches, you’re living in the right place. The orchards hugging Lake Erie’s shores grow some of the best in the U.S. Back in 1957, Ohio apple growers formed this cooperative so that smaller orchard owners could work together to supply large customers. Most are still family-owned with some going back for generations, and over time they’ve started growing delicious peaches, too. Located in Newcomerstown, OH.

Great Lakes Growers

When John Bonner discovered a growing interest around local green and healthy foods, he could not help but return to his roots of farming. In 2012, he opened Great Lakes growers and what started as a 300-square-foot farm has now expanded to a 60,000-square-foot fully automated greenhouse operation. Heinen’s was an early customer of this hydroponic grower, and after nearly six years of partnership, we have developed a collection of living and conventional lettuces and herbs together. Located in Burton, OH

Michael Farms

Doug Michael started his farm with just ten acres of potatoes in 1958. Today, the entire family helps maintain over 2,500 acres of farmland, making them one of the largest vegetables farms in the state, and they’re not just about potatoes anymore. The rich mineral soil left behind by glaciers in the Ohio Valley makes it one of the region’s leading vegetable farms that also offers green beans, sweet corn and cabbage. Located in Urbana, OH.

Green Field Farms

Back in 2003, a group of Amish farmers met to strategize about how to stop the loss of their farming heritage. They were unable to compete with the big, modern farms and identified that their families were uniquely positioned to offer exceptional local, organic produce using techniques from their Swiss and German ancestors. With guiding principles of sustainability, culture and community, they formed Green Field Farms cooperative and we’ve been buying from them since 2007. Located in Holmes County, OH.

Pochedly Farms

Owned by horticulture expert Mike Pochedly since 1984, the Pochedly team is committed to both growing high quality plants and providing customers with tips and tricks for making the care of their plants a success. From spring to autumn, the Pochedly clan provides us with vegetable plants, pumpkins and hard-to-find heirloom produce varieties. Located in Mantua, OH.

Zellers Farm

 This family has one of the best reputations in the U.S. for growing fresh salad greens, radishes and herbs. They sell to the best from CLE to NYC to Washington, D.C., and they’re in our own backyard – a region with highly organic muck soil characterized by distinctive black color and conduciveness to growing leafy greens. Since the farm is so close, we receive Jeff Zellers’ greens within a day of being picked. Located in Hartville, OH.

Fruit & Gift Baskets

Our thoughtfully designed baskets make a most-appreciated gift. Whether you prefer a pre-arranged selection or a customize creation, our Produce Associates will work with you to find an option that matches your vision. Contact the Produce Department at your local Heinen’s to order your Heinen’s Fruit & Gift Baskets for any occasion throughout the year.

Fruit basket on table

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