Published by Strolling of the Heifers, a nonprofit food advocacy organization in Vermont, the 2019 Locavore Index ranks each state by the value of local food sales. The rankings are based on Census of Agriculture data from 2017, including the value of food sold by farmers directly to consumers and the value of agricultural products sold by farmers directly to local retailers, institutions, and food hubs.
Vermont ranked #1 with total local sales per capita coming in at $166.22, with California and Hawaii not far behind at $129.88 and $107.29 respectively. Maine ranked #6.
“Looking at the U.S. as a whole, locavorism has clearly been growing rapidly. The value of food sold directly to consumers via farm stands, farmers markets, CSAs and online, was measured in both the 2012 and 2017 Censuses. It more than doubled during that period, from $1.31 billion to $2.81 billion—a strong indication that consumer demand for food fresh from farms is growing by leaps and bounds.”
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