I was catching up on things here, and spotted the thread in Books (one Straw...). Not to paraphrase, but just discuss the concept of growing/eating locally.
It is easy to get caught up and/or confused about foods (foraging) what is native to your area, and what CAN grow. Many of our regular fruits/veg are imports, brought with varying groups, mainly Euro. I brush with this more than some here with my 18th c side, and what would have been grown where. Most of our common herbs are imports (Euro, and back further Mediteranian). Some culinary and medicinals are so common we think of them as native! Honey bees came with the 1st English settlers.
Wheat is a Euro import, and we would have a hard time without it. Interesting some grown here to ship back in 18th c. This is the area S of St Louis on the IL side, that was a bread basket for France.
Just as peoples through the ages, we are constantly testing our tastes and limits of growing. Fun isn't it!