Eating local continues to be a major buzzword in our communities, yet there is no standard definition to judge success. What does eating local mean to you? For some it means shopping at a farmers market once a week for the majority of their produce. For others it means reading signs and stickers at the grocery store to try to find out where the food items came from. And for many others, it means assessing every single food item they purchase to determine if it was locally grown, produced or prepared.
I found a great article in the Statesman this week to help those in Austin, TX with a little preliminary research into which restaurants are currently buying from local farms on a regular basis. You will still need to ask questions at most eateries, but this is at least a step in the right direction. If eating locally is important to you while dining out, please use this list as a guiding tool, and continue to request local ingredients at your favorite restaurants.