Food Trends for 2018

Locally Grown

The demand for locally produced food continues to increase. Liz Felter, a UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Agent for food systems and ornamental horticulture, says the appeal makes sense beyond convenience and loyalty. “Locally grown food is more nutritious because it has less distance to travel to get to the consumer,” she says. “Purchasing local food helps support local growers. Some small-farm operations have added micro-greens and basil to their crop offerings because demand has increased and these crops get higher prices.”

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