Top 100 cultural trends shaping the West

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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; hobiecat.com 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 (portlandfoodexchange.com) and Sandy’s Produce (sandysproduce.com), in northern Arizona, are still in the beta stage, but we expect to see more sites like these soon.

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