Local food is the latest trend for foodies across the country. Restaurants promote locally grown items on their menus, and popular chefs extol the virtues of eating local on their syndicated television shows.
Erin Barnett with LocalHarvest, a California-based website dedicated to local food sources, said the buy local food movement is the result of a number of different factors that include the emergence of Community Supported Agriculture, farmers markets, a renewed emphasis on supporting local economies, and food safety scares.
"There are a lot of different definitions that people use to describe local food," Barnett said. "They talk about what is grown in their county or what is grown in a 100-mile radius of their home. We like to say buy as local as reasonable."