Top 10 American Cities Eating Fresh Food

According to the Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey, while 81 percent of Americans are looking for more ways to incorporate fresh ingredients into mealtime, less than 50 percent actually eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis – a clear disparity between Americans’ outlook on eating fresh foods versus the reality of mealtime.

The survey uncovered a city-by-city snapshot of food-related choices across America with insight into a metro area’s “freshness” ranking.

Recently, the Ziploc Brand partnered with author and TV personality Rachael Ray (pictured above).

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“The Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey results shed light on the fact that Americans want to eat fresh food and are hungry for the resources to do so,” says Ray.

“Ziploc Brand and I are doing just that with The Great American FreshOver Project, which challenges families and provides them with the tools to ‘freshover’ their meals and inspire lasting change.”

Ziploc Brand and Rachael Ray’s mission – a two-year healthy eating initiative encouraging families to “freshover” their outlook on eating – offers families recipes, tips, ways to use Ziploc Brand containers and bags, a chance to win a trip for two to meet Rachael Ray and more on the Ziploc Brand Facebook Fan Page.

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The Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey uncovered 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 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.

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The 10 freshest cities in the U.S. include:

  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.

The Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey was a meta-analysis survey of 4,500 responses conducted by Sperling’s “Best Places” between Nov. 15-18, 2011. The 10 freshest cities list was released today, March 23.

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