Saskatchewan’s fledging vegetable industry is growing.
Local farmers will harvest more than 500 acres of vegetables this year.
Federated Co-ops is in the third year of buying from 17 Saskatchewan vegetable growers, and this year the amount will reach a record 2.3 million pounds.
Mike Furi with Federated Co-op says consumers are the winners because they get a fresher product.
He says locally grown vegetables are harvested on a Monday and can be in stores by Thursday or Friday.
With imported produce, he says there is usually a minimum of five days in transit.
More than 20 kinds of vegetables are grown locally for Co-op food stores.