My great friend L. just came back from a weekend spent visiting a friend who lives on a farm in Vermont. From the sound of it, Vermont = Organic. She reported that it is difficult to grocery shop without bumping smack into a wide array of organic products. Of particular interest to her was the large selection of local milk brands available. L. doesn't even like milk but had to try what she described as milk "that just came from the cow yesterday."
She also mentioned eating in restaurants where all of the menu items featured local foods. The whole experience sounds like nirvana for those interested in eating locally and organically.
Why isn't it possible to eat this way so easily where we live? There are many local farms in New Jersey and New York State. I would think that both states combined have enough farms of all kinds to provide for the demand. Why aren't there more local dairy farm products available around here? Why are organic and local products specialty items?
Are Vermonters more demanding than those of us in the Metropolitan area? More interested in eating local, sustainable foods?