Fifty-three New York Wal-Mart stores feature local produce during the Pride of New York Harvest Week this week.

The event runs Sept. 22-28 with a special event at the Albany, New York, Wal-Mart Supercenter with the New York Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker.

Growers scheduled to participate in the event include:

  • Bushwick Commission Co., Farmingdale,
  • Eden Valley Growers, Eden,
  • H2Gro Greenhouses, Lewiston,
  • Hinderwadel, North Syracuse,
  • New York Apple Sales, Castelton,
  • Reeves Farms, Baldwinsville,
  • Torrey Farms, Elba,
  • Turek Farms, King Ferry.

Paul Busby, regional operations manager for Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said in a news release the company is buying more locally grown produce.

“For example, we now buy peaches from 18 different states, reducing transportation costs and saving about 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year,” he said. “So, this is an exciting week for us because this partnership shines a spotlight on what we at Wal-Mart do every day, bringing our customers affordable locally grown fruits and vegetables.”

Wal-Mart shows its New York Pride at in-store events