Local produce seen as plum choice
Long Island restaurant owners are turning more frequently to locally grown produce.
Farmer Jeff Rottkamp says the buy-local trend has increased his business by about 20 percent. Rottkamp says it's a win-win because consumers get fresher food and the local economy is given a jolt.
Many school cafeterias are now serving locally grown produce almost exclusively. Officials say local produce not only tastes better, but maintains the nutritional value is often lost when foods are shipped from afar.