Local consumers don't have far to travel for farm fresh produce anymore. Miami Wal-Mart is on the list of several locations the retail giant is offering locally grown produce.
The decision to offer locally grown produce is in response to many issues, including rising fuel prices, according to Wal-Mart.
“We've had so many scares with different recalls and different health issues that's been related to big growers that we've decided as a company that if we can support local growers I think that's the direction Wal-Mart wants to head in,” said Chuck Stotts, Wal-Mart manager.
Wal-Mart officials said having local produce can ease customer's worries about having safe and healthy fruits and vegetables.
Stotts said currently Miami Wal-Mart has locally grown tomatoes, mushrooms and peaches in the produce isle.
“We are working on getting cantaloupe and watermelon from southern Oklahoma and Porter Peaches,” Stotts said. “The demand is just so high right now that it's hard to get some produce.”
The locally grown produce options will be tagged as just that “locally grown” making it easy for consumers to differentiate.