I live in a small mountain town with a decent-sized population that likes to think of themselves as somewhat cosmopolitan. Thus it is with great fanfare that we recently welcomed to the valley our very own Whole Foods Market.
We sacrifice a lot of flavor in our quest for cheap, easily shipped food. But the industry is headed in the right direction. It's only a matter of time before tomatoes will have their Paris Wine Tasting moment.
Conservatives value small businesses over corporations because they keep people empowered. The local and sustainable food movement elevates small farmers, artisans and restaurateurs, almost to a heroic level.