Is 2011 the Year of the Vegetable?

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control, only 26% of Americans eat at least three servings of vegetables a day. But with an increasing number of farmers markets and growing interest in locally-grown produce, vegetable appreciation in the U.S. seems to be at an all-time high.

Last week the Wall Street Journal declared 2011 the Year of the Vegetable. Do you agree?

In November New York Magazine wrote about vegetables' recent popularity, from the rise of the Meatless Monday campaign to Sotheby's first heirloom-vegetable auction, coining a new term to describe vegetable lovers:

[V]egivores, a term that connotes fervid vegetable love rather than ardent meat hate. It’s a subtle but important distinction. For the vegivore, a vegetable can occupy the center of the plate, with meat adding flavor or functioning as a condiment.

We understand the sentiment, even if we're not so keen on the cutesy label. And while we can do without the $275 prix fixe vegetable tasting menus mentioned in the article, we do have a deep love for vegetables and are hopeful public interest in eating vegetables — not only because they are healthy but also because they are tasty! — will continue growing in 2011 and beyond.

Read the articles:
2011: The Year of the Vegetable - Wall Street Journal
Vegetables Are the New Meat - New York Magazine

Are you a fellow veggie lover? Have you noticed an increased interest in vegetables?

Related: Quick, Easy Ways to Get More Vegetables Into My Diet?

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