Ziploc Reveals the Top 10 American Metro Areas Eating the Freshest Foods

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According to the Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey, while 81 percent of Americans are looking for more ways to incorporate fresh ingredients into mealtime, less than 50 percent actually eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis—a clear disparity between American's outlook on eating fresh foods versus the reality of mealtime. The Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey, have uncovered a city-by-city snapshot of food-related choices across America with insight into a metro area's "freshness" ranking.

Most recently, the Ziploc Brand has partnered with best-selling author and TV personality Rachael Ray. "The Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey results shed light on the fact that Americans want to eat fresh food and are hungry for the resources to do so," says Ray. "Ziploc Brand and I are doing just that with The Great American FreshOver Project, which challenges families and provides them with the tools to 'freshover' their meals and inspire lasting change."

Cities That Eat Fresh:
1. Hartford, Conn.
2. San Francisco, Calif.
3. Sacramento, Calif.
4. Portland, Ore.
5. San Jose, Calif.
6. Richmond, Va.
7. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
8. Boston, Mass.
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

Location Plays a Role in Eating Fresh:
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Texas is a Mixed "Fresh" State – Not only is Texas home to one of the freshest metro areas in the country (Austin, Texas), but it's also home to three of the list's least fresh (San Antonio, Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Houston, Texas).

>> People Eat Fresher Near Coastlines – While half the top 10 freshest areas are on the West Coast, overall the top 10 and bottom 10 are equally divided among the West Coast, East Coast, South and Midwest. Three cities in the Bay Area scored in the top five and Richmond, Va. was the only southern city in the top ten.

>> Fast Food vs. Fresh Food Resources – There are 1.45 farmers markets per every 100,000 Americans countrywide, however there are 60.1 fast food establishments tipping the scales toward consumption of fast food.  East Coast residents have a better chance of finding farmers markets, including Albany, NY and Hartford, Conn. with 3.84 and 3.26 farmers markets per every 100,000 Americans respectively.

>> Fresh Food Feels Good – Universally across the country, 89 percent of Americans feel like a good parent when their family's diet contains fresh foods.

Staying Fresh With The Great American FreshOver Project
On the official Ziploc Facebook Fan Page families can start their FreshOver journey and stay inspired through exclusive videos and tips from Rachael Ray. Beginning February 29 through May 5, 2012, fans can enter for a chance to win:

>> A trip for two for the ultimate culinary experience in America's food capital—New York City.

>> The opportunity to meet Rachael Ray and swap recipes and hear her first-hand tips for keeping things fresh in the kitchen.

>> Dine at the most sought after "fresh" restaurants in New York City.