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4 Ways Eating Local Produce Supports Your Health and Your Community

Did you know that when you shop Heinen’s Produce Department you are supporting local farmers? Amazing, right? It’s like visiting a good old fashioned farmer’s market, but without the bugs! This isn’t something new and trendy for Heinen’s. In fact, they’ve been selling locally grown produce since the 1930s, and today they’re buying produce from more than 150 Ohio and Illinois growers. Heinen’s offer a wide selection of local organic and other locally grown produce items from our own backyard all throughout the year. These partnerships guarantee products are harvested and delivered to our stores at the height of ripeness. Here are four good reasons to buy more local produce. 1. Better Taste “When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very…

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Can You Lose Weight by Eating Chocolate?

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