Eating locally raised food is a commitment people are making more and more for many reasons. A recent blog by Strolling of the Heifers presented a list of how each state ranked according to the actions of its residents to make local food choices.
Oregon moved up from its position of #14 in 2012 to #7 in 2013. Way to go!!
Interesting to me was that Texas, Florida and California, three states who grow so much of the nation’s produce, are pitifully low on the list. Perhaps their priority is money, not health and so they ship their local food everywhere else.
Vermont is #1. When we took my son first to check out the University of Vermont and then, at the end of the summer, to move him into the dorm, the pride of presenting local food on restaurant menus was evident everywhere. I went to one of the farmers’ markets (sort of like a busman’s holiday) to check out the offerings and was excited by what I saw. Not just the food being offered, but also by the number of people who were there to buy it!
Commitment to eating local foods is easy in the summer when everything is growing and markets are everywhere. Here in the Yamhill Valley and the greater Willamette Valley the amazing farmers’ markets are well attended during the season. McMinnville’s Saturday market moved inside the local Grange hall in October and Dennison Farm offers year-round produce because of its greenhouses.