Hardie’s is proud to support our community by buying local products. We work closely with local farmers and food craftsmen to ensure food safety and sustainable farming practices to bring farm fresh produce to you at the peak of flavor. After all, locally-grown fruit and vegetables are exceptionally fresh with reduced food miles from farm to plate. Availability changes seasonally and from week to week.
Nothing tastes like summer like fresh, local watermelon – so sweet and refreshing! So it’s little wonder that some of us go to extraordinary measures to find that sweetest melon in the bunch (thump, thump)! The problem with the bongo beat method, is that most of us don’t know what to listen for. Here are a few tips for selecting the perfect watermelon for the melon-tone challenged:
1. Look it over – Look for firm, symmetrical melon without dents, cuts or bruises.
2. Lift it — It should be heavy for its size. Compare similar sized melons and choose the heaviest one.
3. Turn it over – Look for a yellow ground spot. This is where the melon was resting in the field. A deep yellow color indicates that it was vine ripened. If the spot is white or green, it was picked too soon and will not be as sweet.
As a family-owned business, Hardie’s wholeheartedly supports local farmers, and are committed to working with local growers and food craftsmen to bring you an abundant supply of bold, seasonal flavors, year round. Here are just some of the local growers:
Bella Verdi Farms
Black Gold Farms
Bluebonnet Hydroponic Produce
Briar Patch Farms
Brazos Valley Cheese
Green Valley Food Corp.
Moonshine Sweet Tea
Sides Pea Farm
Texas Organic Mushrooms
Texas Sweet Potato
Winter Garden Produce
Greener Fields Together has two primary goals:
• To implement sustainability practices that will improve environmental impact
• To ensure the availability and safety of produce for food service and retail partners in all industry segments
Greener Fields Together is a program for all supply chain partners, including local, regional and national farmers, Hardie’s and other PRO*ACT distributors, commercial and noncommercial food service customers and retail locations. We are proud to congratulate Bella Verdi Farms as GFT’s first certified grower. Bella Verdi is a longtime Hardie’s supplier of locally-grown, high-quality microgreens.
“Sustainability” is managing the growing, handling and distribution of produce to ensure a long-lived, healthy and safe supply of products without causing severe or irreversible damage to the planet and its population. Greener Fields Together works with farmers to use sustainable farming practices and make continuous process improvements in food safety practices where possible.
Why Greener Fields Together?
In the plainest terms; It’s the right thing to do. We and our partners have created a sustainability and food safety initiative that encompasses the entire produce supply chain, from national farms and processors, to small local farms, to distributors and food service operators and retail locations. We and our partners have created a sustainability and food safety initiative that encompasses the entire produce supply chain, from national farms and processors, to small local farms, to distributors and food service operators. Our mission is to foster continuous process improvement by all parties so that produce is handled in the most sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly manner from seed to fork.