March 29, 2012
Survey ranks Sacramento as country's "third freshest city"

Sacramento is one "fresh" city, or make the the third freshest in the country. At least, those are the results from the recent Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey. The findings showed that 50 percent of Sacramento residents keep a vegetable garden - a tie for the highest average nationwide alongside Hartford, Conn. and Cleveland. That's right, Cleveland's a rhubarb and radish kind of town. The national average for city residents growing their own vegetable gardens was 30 percent.

The survey also factored in the number of farmers markets per city, number of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms per city, number of fast food restaurants per city, and other data related to healthy eating habits and attitudes toward cooking and gardening. The survey, conducted by Sperling's "Best Places," included 4,500 respondents and a 95% level of confidence in its statistics.

Hartford ranked first in the survey, followed by San Francisco and Sacramento. Portland and San Jose rounded out the survey's top five.

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