We’re #7!!!

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!burlington farmers market

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.

Yamhill Valley Grown has a number of farmers who provide food year-round. Chosing local food for your table year-round is possible!!! What’s on your table this Christmas? ELFlogo

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About creationsbybg

Beth and Graham met online almost 20 years ago and married in 2007. Planning for retirement has included finding more time to play again and creativity is blooming. Now that we have moved to Oregon our time is split between exploring and creative endeavors. What fun! Following several years enmeshed in the local food movement in West Virginia and active involvement in the establishment and running of a year-round indoor local food market, visiting farms and telling consumers about them is a work of joy.
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