If you could package up a taste of home, what would you share? Local 50 highlights regional food specialties, state by state. We’ve selected products that celebrate the uniqueness of a place. Many, though not all, make nice gifts; some are seasonal, while others are available year-round.
Mostly, we hope this list inspires you to seek out food products that taste good, don’t tax the planet too much, and are grown or created by small-scale producers. We intentionally wanted at least one specialty per state; undoubtedly we could have found many more from, say, California, but we want to show that every state has something tasty to offer.
Want a bigger bite? Visit Culinate’s community search, for farmers’ markets; Eat Wild, for grass-fed meats; Food Routes, for specialty foods; the Eat Well Guide for sustainable foods; and Heritage Foods, for foods that meet strict production protocols.
And lastly, we’d like this section to be a collection of favorites; add top picks from your (home or adopted) state to grow our list by adding a comment on the page for the state.
Have fun shopping!
Click on any state to see its local foods we’re highlighting.
An American native
A father’s legacy
The vegetarian-cooking pioneer
Cracking a Filipino favorite