It looks and tastes better
It’s safer and more nutritious
It supports local farms and families
It builds a stronger community
It benefits the environment.
As demand for these foods continues to grow, finding them is becoming easier and easier. Consider the following five apps to find locally grown food:
Locavore is a free app that shows you which fruits and vegetables are in season, and then uses GPS to find community supported agriculture (CSAs), farms and farmers’ markets in your area that are selling organic foods. It even offers recipes to help you turn those foods into meals. The app also features an “I Ate Local” screen, which keeps a running list of comments by other Locavore users about the types of local produce they’ve eaten and where they’ve purchased them.
If you happen to live in the rainy Pacific Northwest, you might want to download this app onto your Sony Xperia smartphone because the phone is waterproof. This means you can use it on your shopping trips without any worries about water damage.
Farmers’ markets are one of the best places to find locally grown, organic foods. With very little shipping time, fruits and veggies at local markets tend to be the freshest and most flavorful. Plus, you’ll frequently find handcrafted items and live music at the market. For example, the Portland Farmers Market posts the market music schedule on their website for visitors to enjoy.
The Farmstand app allows you to search for community farmers’ markets in the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, making it an excellent download for frequent travelers. This app also can be used to connect with other shoppers in the area.
3. Food Community
When you’re on the road or short on time, the Food Community app by Nommunity can help. It’s free and allows consumers to discover local vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, locally-grown and organic restaurants. It also allows the user to connect and collaborate with a community of people who have similar dietary choices.
4. NRDC Eat Local
The Eat Local app is a free download that helps users locate nearby farmers’ markets and CSAs. All you have to do is click on the state you’re in, and you’ll discover exactly which fruits and vegetables you can expect to find. What makes this app unique is that users can submit and edit information for their favorite farmers’ markets, which helps new users find information. It also provides seasonal recipes for the different fresh ingredients.
5. Local Dirt
If you don’t have time to go out to buy locally grown, organic food, the Local Dirt app is a good app to download. Available for free, the app is a one-stop shop for buying organic, grass-fed, heirloom or free-range foods that are delivered to you direct from your local farm. You can even purchase from a number of different sellers during one visit, making it one of the most convenient apps available.
One excellent choice for organic heirloom seeds is Mary’s Heirloom seeds that can be delivered right to your door, or check out out your local community, many have their own stash at communities centers or local organizations.
Make sure your family’s food and diet is filled with the healthiest choices possible. Whether you grow your own food or buy it, make sure it is local organically grown without all the dangerous toxic pesticides and genetically modified organisms that reap havoc not only in our bodies but in our the environment! Make sure you give your children the healthiest future possible.
Do you know of any other apps or ways to find local organic food? Please leave a comment and share it!
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