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VERMONT Food Facts and Trivia

Vermont: approximate land area of 5,898,698 acres
Farmland is 1,233,313 acres or 20.9% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 91,639 acres
Number of Farms: 6,984
Principle Farm Operators: Men: 5,518  Women: 1,466
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

Vermont has a total population of: 626,431
Urban population: 212,535
Rural population: 413,896
Food insecure households*: 12.8%
Households with very low food security*: 5.4%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011)

The human population of Vermont in 1838 was about 292,000.  There were also 1.6 million sheep in the state.

Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state in the U.S.

Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonald’s restaurant.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream company was founded in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont, in a renovated gas station, by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury is one of the top tourist attractions in Vermont.

Waste from Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream company is supposedly given to local farmers in Vermont to feed to their hogs. It is said the hogs don't particularly care for the Mint Oreo.

• In 2006 Vermont adopted the Randall Lineback Breed of Cattle (Bos primigenius) as the official State Heritage Breed Of Livestock.

• In 1999 the Apple (Malus domestica) was designated the official State Fruit.
• In 1999 Apple Pie was designated The official State Pie

• In 1994 Maple was designated the official State Flavor

• In 1983 Milk was designated the official State Beverage

• In 1978 The Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) was designated the official State Cold Water Fish.
• In 1978 The Walleye Pike (Stizosedion vitreum vitreum) was designated the official State Warm Water Fish.

• In 1961 The Honeybee (Apis mellifera) was designated the official State Insect.
• In 1961 The Morgan Horse (Equus caballus) was named the official State Animal.

• In 1949 the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) was named the official State Tree.

• In 1894 Vermont adopted Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) as the official State Flower. Logo

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