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Making It Easier to Eat Local

January 15, 2010

Locally grown food eaten in season is fresh, delicious and the most environmentally friendly fare available. Unfortunately, it is hard to know which fruits and vegetables are in season in your area when you walk into the supermarket to a bounty of produce from around the world. The global marketplace we live in can make it difficult to source local food, but fortunately, the concept of local food is becoming mainstream as America embraces the importance of knowing where food comes from.

Thankfully, because of its increasing popularity, eating locally is getting easier. A new iPhone application, called Locavore, does a lot of the work for you. The app uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS to find your location and then lists which foods are currently in season in your area and which will be in season soon.

Furthermore, the application simplifies the process of finding local food by providing information about nearby farmers’ markets. This information, which it receives from a network of organizations such as Local Harvest and the Natural Resources Defense Council, updates on your phone as data changes. It also displays photographs of 234 fruits and vegetables—common and unusual—as well as interactive links to Wikipedia to provide information on your purchases.  In case you have trouble deciding what to make for dinner with your fresh produce, the program also provides links to recipes from Epicurious.

It may be January in Minnesota, but there is still local food available to purchase. Just in case you don’t have an iPhone to help you find them, these Twin Cities farmers’ markets are open year round:

St. Paul Farmers’ Market is in the winter inside Golden’s Deli every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Minneapolis Farmers’ Market has special winter hours at their Lyndale location: every other Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to Noon.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    January 15, 2010 11:07 pm

    Now I just need to get myself an iphone! Thanks for the tip.

  2. February 15, 2010 8:11 pm

    don’t for get about Android users! i haven’t used it yet, but there is an Android app called Seasonal Harvest that looks quite similar to Locavore…

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