You’ve heard of the local food movement — in which restaurants source some of their food from nearby farms in an effort to provide the best quality ingredients while supporting sustainability and the local economy. But in recent years, many restaurants have taken the local food idea one step further and are embracing the “hyper-local food” movement. What does “hyper-local” mean? Hyper-local restaurants are sourcing all or almost all of their food locally. Some are even growing vegetables for their dishes in the backyards of their restaurants.
In 2018, The National Restaurant Association rated hyper-local food as the number one growing trend for the year, which got us thinking: is this movement catching on beyond the big foodie cities like Portland and NYC? Turns out the answer is a resounding yes. Here are six small cities that are totally ahead of the curve when it comes to the hyper-local food movement.