MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A second annual index again ranks Vermont as the top state in its commitment to raising and eating locally grown food.
The ranking is based on the per-capita number of farmers markets, food hubs and community supported agriculture farms, where customers pay up front and receive weekly bundles of produce and other foods.
The 2013 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index says Vermont has 94 farmers markets, 139 CSAs and 12 food hubs with a population of more than 626,000.
Maine is ranked second, followed by New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa. The bottom states are Texas, which is last, Florida, Louisiana, Arizona and Nevada.
The index relies on U.S. Department of Agriculture and census figures.
The Strolling of the Heifers helps support and sustain family farms and puts on a parade and festival in Brattleboro each summer.
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