The New York Times really likes the trend towards locally grown food. Their most recent article on this topic, A Locally Grown Diet with Fuss But no Muss, covers the various ways urban consumers can have locally grown food without having to get their hands dirty. They call them "lazy locavores" and describe them as "city dwellers who insist on eating food grown close to home but have no inclination to get their hands dirty."
The article describes the various types of small businesses that are catering to the growing number of consumers looking for locally grown food. This includes outsourcing your garden. From the article:
For a fee, Mr. Paque, who lives in San Francisco, will build an organic garden in your backyard, weed it weekly and even harvest the bounty, gently placing a box of vegetables on the back porch when he leaves.
We've posted in the past on the growth of local food and small farms. We've also posted on the growing interest by consumers to buy food and other products locally. Both trends continue to gain momentum and are creating many new small business opportunities.
Related to this, we had dinner last weekend at Lalime's Restaurant in Berkeley, California. Known for using locally grown food, many of the menu items included the name and location of the farms supplying ingredients. Soul Food Farm in Vacaville ( a deep suburb of San Francisco), for example, supplied the eggs.