How to Find the Best Local Food

20 ways to get fresh, sustainable local food in your neck of the woods.



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Pete Dixon of Broadwing Farm in Hot Springs, N.C., roasts farm-grown red bell peppers at his local farmers market.
Charlie Jackson/Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
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Locally grown produce tastes better because it’s fresher, and growers can plant better-tasting varieties if their fruits and vegetables don’t need to stand up to the hazards of long-distance shipping.
William D. Adams
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West Asheville, N.C. resident Michael Dickinson teaches his daughter, Lily, about the joys of local food with a fresh tomato eaten right out of hand.
Photo by Charlie Jackson/Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
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Locally grown blueberries, raspberries, and apples.
Walter Chandoha
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Our Increasing Reliance on Imported Food
U.S. Department of Agriculture

















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