Business Insider names Portland, Maine, a top place to see in 2014.

Brazil, Iceland, Outer Space, and . . . Portland, Maine

Ben Tettlebaum

Portlanders value locally grown, fresh food.

Portlanders value locally grown, fresh food.

Last month, Business Insider listed its top 14 recommendations for must-see places in 2014. In addition to places like Brazil, Iceland, Tokyo, and even the bonus destination of outer space, falls Portland, Maine. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

As the magazine notes, Portland loves quality food and has been attracting talented chefs for years. The city – and the people who live here – value locally grown, fresh food, from its most upscale restaurants to its food-truck dives. But it’s not just our restaurants and stores that bring local food to Portlanders. The Portland public school system is well on its way to reaching its goal of serving 50 percent local food in its school lunch program. It already sources a greater percentage of its food locally than the Boston school system. (How about a little friendly competition, Boston?)

At CLF, we value good food, too. That’s why we’re working to foster a sustainable, local food system in Maine and throughout New England. Check out what we’ve been up to with our Farm and Food Initiative. And instead of getting on a quarter-million-dollar waiting list for a trip to outer space, hop over to Portland. We guarantee the food is better.

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