The concept of eating locally is in one way a new trend. But really, when thinking about the whole of human history, eating locally is pretty much what we've always done, with the last century of interstate travel and fast food as the exception. Eating locally is probably not such a bad idea. It's probably healthier for the human body. It's probably healthier for the planet, too. But as Kaela from Local Kitchen points out: "Local food tastes better."
I haven't had the opportunity to sample any of the food on Local Kitchen. But it certainly looks delicious, and at times unlike anything else I've ever seen. For example, I see something like "spaghetti nests" and say to myself, "Of course spaghetti can be used that way!" Though in all honesty, using spaghetti in this way would have literally never occurred to me.
In all honesty, I grew up on Happy Meals. (Sorry, Mom. It's true.) And if I'm being even more honest, the benefits of eating locally don't always occur to me. I'm guilty of not really thinking about what larger processes go into bringing my food to the table. But I probably should. Because as Local Kitchen points out, the best food is probably right around the corner.