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LaBonne's Market in Woodbury Featuring Fresh Local Produce

Thus far it has been a banner year for fresh Connecticut produce — especially blueberries, corn and tomatoes — and demand for local fruits and vegetables has reportedly never been higher.

While the Midwest has seen crops wither due to lack of precipitation and intense heat, that has not been the case for the Northeast.

Thus far it has been a banner season for fresh Connecticut produce — especially blueberries, corn and tomatoes — and .

As such, in Woodbury recently started featuring fresh local produce, according to a report in The Produce News.

"Shoppers do request locally grown" Mark Zotti, produce director at the store, told Produce News. "Shoppers like to support their neighbors. I do all I can to reach out to local farmers in season."

Zotti told Produce News that this year's local blueberries are "sweet and juicy," due to the fact that they have had ample time to stay on the vines before being harvested.

Most of the store's local produce is supplied through distributor Bozzuto's Inc., headquartered in Cheshire, according to the report.

The family business, now run by Robert LaBonne Jr., president and chief executive officer, opened its first retail store in Watertown back in 1962, according to the report. The Woodbury store opened in 1987, followed by locations in Salisbury in 1989 and Southbury in June 2012.

For more, check out The Produce News report.

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