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what is your opinion on what local food is? is it within 100 miles of you? 2-3 hours? same state? ive been having this discussion alot with some of my co workers and I wanted some more opinions
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If it travels on an eighteen wheeler, it's not local. 

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If it travels on an eighteen wheeler, it's not local. 

I understand your point, but disagree. To me at least, it depends on what kind of food you're talking about. If it's available locally, like vegetables, eggs, or fish, then the 18 wheeler reference is accurate. However, if it's not available in my immediate area, beef and cheese, for instance, then I don't feel that trip on the 18 wheeler disqualifies it as being called 'local'. This is why I consider Cabot Cheese from Vermont a local product, or Maine Blueberries, or Vt. maple syrup.

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I call thing in my general 'local' East Coast N.A. localish. Local is literally the local i.e same city. Hyperlocal is my backyard, the front of the hotel and the windosill of the classroom, within walking distance. No beef in the city? Localish is the closest one.
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I understand your point, but disagree. To me at least, it depends on what kind of food you're talking about. If it's available locally, like vegetables, eggs, or fish, then the 18 wheeler reference is accurate. However, if it's not available in my immediate area, beef and cheese, for instance, then I don't feel that trip on the 18 wheeler disqualifies it as being called 'local'. This is why I consider Cabot Cheese from Vermont a local product, or Maine Blueberries, or Vt. maple syrup.

and I understand your point.

Personally I think Local Food is or should be a classification of a product that is not prematurely picked, harvested, or prepared for long travel.

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post #6 of 9

      I'll stand by the eighteen wheeler definition. Typically they carry products as panini described. And as ChefboyOG says, there is local, hyperlocal and local-ish. Also geographical local, (from New England, for example). 

What kind of local are we trying to define?

     As a resident of upstate NY, I have access to many products from the Hudson Valley and upstate NY. Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from local orchards and farms are everywhere. Small scale food products of every description. They can also be found in various farmers markets, brought in by truck and van or car. I consider them local because I can easily drive to the source. Of course, using a car means I can easily drive 60 miles away without effort. Does that disqualify the product as being local? I certainly couldn't walk 60 miles and back in a couple of hours. 

     Then there's products from NY in general. So they are "from NY" local. 

Not too far from me, a place roasts their own coffee beans. So the beans are from South America but locally roasted. Is that "local". 

Interesting topic for discussion. 

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Super interesting subjet. Incredibly hard to define as each perceives what "local" is to them. I am lucky enough to live in a major city with agriculture surrounding it on all sides so the majority of products used i.e.:eggs, cheese, dairy, all meats, veggies, grains, honey, etc. are right here within 50km of where I live. Most fruit is a wee bit further away but still in a province over from mine and we do still grow some fruit here in this province. As for the other products such as vanilla, coffee, chocolate, coconut, tropical food, etc........that is a "non-local" product in my mind because of the plane or boat issue. 

 

I like what @chefwriter has to say in regards to the coffee from a non-local source being "locally" roasted so does that consider it "local"? I think I would rather support "local" small businesses doing this instead of a Starbucks (unless you are from Seattle....lol). Good question though! I am going to keep thinking on this and ask a few of my co-workers what they think.

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what is your opinion on what local food is? is it within 100 miles of you? 2-3 hours? same state? ive been having this discussion alot with some of my co workers and I wanted some more opinions


My definition of local food (as a consumer/cook), are (Seasonal or otherwise) ingredients that can be obtained in close proiximity within "X" amount of miles from home.  Depends on what the food is, & one's local.  I live in a big city, and have a plethora of choices within a small radius of home - farmers' markets,  etc.


Edited by Cerise - 6/15/15 at 8:26am
post #9 of 9

hm , maybe its more about the recipe and the style. we really are in the golden age for food as we can access produce and techniques from all over the world.

For me I think its the intention of the recipe and "vibe" of the restaurant more than the produce.  Very interesting topic !

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