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There's no question that eating locally is a good call for the environment and for you. But just how easy is it for you to eat locally?

Strolling of the Heifers, a group dedicated to celebrating the animals and people behind small family farms, just released its second Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of their commitment to local foods.

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To come up with the list, researchers looked at farmer's markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA), and local food hub data and compared it to consumers' interest in eating local foods, otherwise known as locavorism. Then they took into account data from Local Harvest, the database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Census.

Here's the complete Locavore Index, with last year's ranking in parentheses:

1. Vermont (1)
2. Maine (4)
3. New Hampshire (13)
4. North Dakota (7)
5. Iowa (2)
6. Montana (3)
7. Oregon (14)
8. Wyoming (9)
9. Wisconsin (15)
10. Idaho (10)
11. Rhode Island (24)
12. Massachusetts (28)
13. Hawaii (5)
14. South Dakota (8)
15. Connecticut (29)
16. Minnesota (17)
17. Alaska (27)
18. Kentucky (6)
19. Colorado (31)
20. Nebraska (12)
21. Washington (22)
22. Michigan (25)
23. West Virginia (11)
24. District of Columbia (not ranked)
25. New York (42)
26. Kansas (19)
27. New Mexico (16)
28. Virginia (34)
29. Maryland (39)
30. Delaware (45)
31. North Carolina (32)
32. Pennsylvania (38)
33. Indiana (30)
34. Missouri (18)
35. Alabama (26)
36. Ohio (35)
37. South Carolina (33)
38. Arkansas (21)
39. Illinois (40)
40. Tennessee (36)
41. Mississippi (23)
42. California (41)
43. Georgia (44)
44. Utah (37)
45. Oklahoma (20)
46. New Jersey (48)
47. Nevada (47)
48. Arizona (49)
49. Louisiana (46)
50. Florida (50)
51. Texas (43)

"Last year in the Index there were 7,180 farmer's markets; this year 7,860, an increase of 9.5%, which is huge," says Martin Langeveld, marketing director at Strolling of the Heifers. Why the increase? Things like the Obama White House garden, the increasing prevalence of food trucks and pop-up restaurants in urban areas, and the availability of CSA packages even in urban areas, Langeveld says.

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And while farmer's markets and CSAs are increasingly popular ways to access fresh, local food, there are other avenues, too. "There are so many ways to do that not just with farmer's markets and CSAs, but by supporting Farm-to-School programs, urging local hospitals and nursing homes to purchase local foods, asking supermarkets to buy from local farms, and of course, celebrating and honoring our farmers whenever we can," said Orly Munzing, executive director of Strolling of the Heifers.

More good news on the locavore front? The number of farms in most states has been increasing after a concerning drop heading into the '90s.

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