MONTPELIER, Vt. >> A new index puts Hawaii in the top five states for its commitment to raising and eating locally grown food.
The ranking is based on the number of farmers markets and community supported agriculture programs per state resident. In CSAs, customers pay a lump sum up front and receive weekly deliveries of produce during harvest seasons.
According to the Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, Hawaii has 85 farmers markets and 135 CSAs for the 1.3 million people in the state, ranking it fifth on the index.
Hawaii was one of four states to receive a failing grade on a new survey released by Thumbtack.com, which questioned company owners about their state’s friendliness toward small business.