Not really local

Great reporting on restaurants that tout “locally-sourced” food by Laura Riley at the Tampa Bay Times – At Tampa Bay farm-to-table restaurants, you’re being fed fiction:

This is a story we are all being fed. A story about overalls, rich soil and John Deere tractors scattering broods of busy chickens. A story about healthy animals living happy lives, heirloom tomatoes hanging heavy and earnest artisans rolling wheels of cheese into aging caves nearby.

More often than not, those things are fairy tales. A long list of Tampa Bay restaurants are willing to capitalize on our hunger for the story.

While I understand the difficulty of sourcing, (especially in a city that’s cold and snowy for much of the year, much unlike Tampa Bay, Florida), it’s false advertising.

Be sure to read part two on farmers’ markets:

Does she say all produce in their booth is their own?

“In passing conversation, we say yes. If people stop and ask if it’s ours, we say yes, it’s ours, because most people don’t have knowledge about what is grown in Florida.”