Serious Eats: New York
This Real-Time Map Shows Where Our Produce Comes From
The Hunts Point Market in the Bronx is the world's largest food distribution center, a wholesaler that supplies groceries across the city that earns revenue in excess of $2 billion a year. Their produce comes from all across the U.S. and other countries as well, ensuring that we're supplied with strawberries and asparagus all the way through winter.
The New York World researched where the Market is sourcing its produce from during a given season, and what the wholesale price is per pound. They've assembled that data into an interactive map that lets you see where a given fruit or vegetable is coming from during a season, and how much it costs (which means you can price check the markups on your own grocery store).
There are some surprises amid the more expected data, and other cool things to geek out about: Canada, Texas, and Florida all grow cabbage for us right now; Israel is our most expensive source for winter tomatoes; Belgium is the only place growing salsify for the market this season.
You can enter your own produce into the map's search field and select a season to see your own results. Click on the growing region to see the price per pound, and get ready for some serious clicking. It's an addictive resource with serious Wikipedia-esque rabbit hole potential.
See the map on the New York World.