Top 100 cultural trends shaping the West

The ideas, people, places, and things that are making life out here better right now

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Gear made in the West

#33-34: Locally made gear and farmers' markets

33 | Gear that’s actually made here: Surprise! Hobie Cat’s latest kayak, the Mirage Oasis (pictured), doesn’t hail from Singapore; it’s designed and made right here, in Oceanside, California. We love the foot pedals, which free up hands for fishing and picture taking. $2,699; for stores.

34 | Farmers’ markets go viral: Imagine a Craigslist for local produce, grass-fed beef, eggs, and the like, and you’ve got the idea behind two new online marketplaces that bring backyard gardeners and grocery shoppers together. The friendly Portland Food Exchange ( and Sandy’s Produce (, in northern Arizona, are still in the beta stage, but we expect to see more sites like these soon.


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