March 23, 2012
A new survey provides an interesting look into the most fresh and least fresh cities across America. The top 10 “freshest cities” are where residents are seeking and eating the freshest food options available, through farmer’s markets and gardening habits.
The 10 freshest cities in the U.S.
1. Hartford, Conn.
2. San Francisco, Calif.
3. Sacramento, Calif.
4. Portland, Ore.
5. San Jose, Calif.
6. Richmond, Va.
7. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
8. Boston, Mass.
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
According to the Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey, 81 percent of Americans are looking for more ways to incorporate fresh ingredients into mealtime, however less than 50 percent actually eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
They uncovered a city-by-city snapshot of food-related choices across America with insight into a metro area’s “freshness” ranking. The results shed light on the fact that Americans want to eat fresh food and are hungry for the resources to do so.
The Ziploc Brand and Rachael Ray have joined forces on a two-year healthy eating initiative encouraging families to “freshover” their outlook on eating, offering families’ recipes, tips, ways to use Ziploc Brand Containers and Bags
The least fresh cities underscore metro areas where residents face obstacles to eating fresh, such as a high prevalence of fast food options and a lack of fresh food resources.
Here are some other interesting findings in the report
Texas is a Mixed “Fresh” State – Not only is Texas home to one of the freshest metro areas in the country (Austin, Texas), but it’s also home to three of the list’s least fresh (San Antonio, Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Houston, Texas).
People Eat Fresher Near Coastlines – While half the top 10 freshest areas are on the West Coast, overall the top 10 and bottom 10 are equally divided among the West Coast, East Coast, South and Midwest. Three cities in the Bay Area scored in the top five and Richmond, Va. was the only southern city in the top ten.
Fast Food vs. Fresh Food Resources – There are 1.45 farmers markets per every 100,000 Americans countrywide, however there are 60.1 fast food establishments tipping the scales toward consumption of fast food. East Coast residents have a better chance of finding farmers markets, including Albany, N.Y. and Hartford, Conn. with 3.84 and 3.26 farmers markets per every 100,000 Americans respectively.
Fresh Food Feels Good – Universally across the country, 89 percent of Americans feel like a good parent when their family’s diet contains fresh foods.