Maine rockets up the locavore ranks

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Eating local has become more righteous than organic. After all, what’s so great about an organic tomato if it swooped in on a cloud of costly exhaust from the left coast?

When it comes to noshing nearby, Maine practically invented the concept of eating within your zip code.

To prove it, the Pine Tree State has aced another list. (drum roll)  According to Strolling of the Heifers’s 2014 Locavore Index, Maine is second in the nation for eating, buying and embracing local.

What’s the criteria?

The number of farmers’ markets, CSAs, food hubs per capita and the percentage of school districts with active farm-to-school programs. Spots like all-local-all-the-time Vinland can’t hurt either.

Vermont is number one and the index generator hails there. Humpf. Is this rigged? The worst state is Texas. Deep in the heart of chain land. Sounds like a sound analysis to me. The top 10 list:

1. Vermont
2. Maine
3. New Hampshire
4. Oregon
5. Hawaii
6. Rhode Island
7. North Dakota
8. Wisconsin
9. Montana
10. Iowa

Find out how the rest of the lower 48 rank here. See you at the farmers’ market this weekend!




Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.