Today’s New York Times talks about how Michelle Obama and the White House are committed to supporting the local food movement. The writer mentions that the chef finds products from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. What’s wrong with this picture?
Your intrepid reporter called the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to see if they were aware that the state was missing from the buy local emphasis. They were surprised by the omission, and spokesperson Marion Horsley called the White House. She spoke directly to executive chef Christeta Comerford who told her that they do use Virginia products from several different purveyors. They purchase on an as-needed and availability basis. It was an oversight.
Whew! I was worried about the geography issue. Virginia IS local. So farmers and growers, get the word out. Let the White House learn about you. Vintners that means you, too.
This is an Administration that wants to lead the nation in good food sense. Let’s help ’em out.