Pennsylvania Embraces Organic Food
According to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania is eating organic food at an increasing pace. In fact, consumption of organic food in the state grew ten times in the past ten years and doubled between 2015 and 2016 alone. Only California eats more organic food than Pennsylvania.
Why the Increase?
There are lots of reasons why Pennsylvanians may be hopping on the organic foods trend. A big part of it may be education and consumers’ demand for healthy options. Organic foods are getting more exciting, too. They’re popping up in the snack food aisle and on restaurant menus, so people can now choose from a bigger array of healthy foods that taste great. Consumers are also getting more creative in their choices and their tastes, willing to explore cricket and insect proteins, unusual spices and new-to-them flavors.
And let’s not forget that the food landscape in the state is changing as well, with organic farmers getting more support. A bill was introduced last year, for example, that would make it easier for Pennsylvania farmers growing organic crops to get support and financing from the government. More local support means more farmers can grow organic to supply local demand and be able to offer attractive prices for customers.
Features of Organic Food
Have you made the switch to organic food yet? Organic food:
- Has been grown with fewer pesticides and natural fertilizers
- Supports organic farmers
- May be more nutritionally rich, such as as meat and dairy
- Is GMO-free
- Is more eco-friendly to grow
- Tends to be fresher since it is not reliant on preservatives to make it last longer
If you want to enjoy these and other benefits of going organic, the good news is that you have more options than ever before. Organic foods are popping up at grocery stores, and, of course, farmer’s markets continue to offer organic options. At a farmer’s market, you can even speak to producers about their products and ask questions.
Don’t just stop at organic, either. Take the time to really learn where your food is coming from. Local, seasonal ingredients are more likely to be organic and are also better for the environment because they don’t have to be shipped in from around the world. Local ingredients also ensure quality since customers can ask about growing conditions and other details.
Organic products are also showing up on restaurant menus all over Pennsylvania. Bricco has many healthy and organic options on their menu. Feel free to take a look at offerings online or book a table today to experience what Chef Bill Collier and his team have cooked up. The farm-to-table philosophy at Bricco combined with an unwavering commitment to delicious dishes and seasonal, quality ingredients will give you an unforgettable dining experience.