The idea of eating only locally grown food used to appeal primarily to extreme greenies or foodies. As more and more people become interested in where their food comes from, and seek to support local farmers, “locavorism”- a commitment to eat food grown close to home - is entering the mainstream. But how to you practice being a good locavore?
Enter “Locavore” the application, available on your iPhone, designed to teach you about food in your local environment. Like many other iPhone apps, the service finds your current location, with your permission, and then shows you which vegetables and fruits are in season in your area, or will be in season soon. You can then find farmers markets in your area that that sell in-season produce.
How important is locavorism to support of local farming and farmer’s markets? The number of farmers markets in the US continues to grow, according to the USDA, reaching a total of 4,685 in August 2008, up from 1,755 in 1997. Tools like Locavore help reduce the time it takes to hunt down local food, and seems like a smart way to apply new technology to enable us to live healthier, greener lives.