A new index ranks Vermont number one in its commitment to raising and eating locally grown food.
The ranking is based on the number of farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture programs per resident.
According to the Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, Vermont has 99 farmers’ markets and 164 CSAs.
The other top states on the list are Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii. Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, Arizona and, Florida ranked at the bottom.
Florida produces much of the nation’s citrus, strawberries and tomatoes, but the index says it has only 146 farmers’ markets and 193 CSAs for 18.5 million people.