Locally grown food has blossomed as factors converge to make it more appealing than ever. News reports have put questionable imports in the spotlight. FDA inspectors have been reduced in number. Food safety issues have hit the news. Shipping costs continue upward. Meanwhile, some purists who once sought organic products now say buying locally is what's best for the environment. With all that going on, consumers, who have long put a high value on freshness and taste, say they want to know ...

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