Farmers markets are a fabulous resource, but they aren’t the only option out there for people who want to eat better, smarter and more organically. Technology is playing a bigger role in the locally grown food movements every year, so we curated a list of five sites that are putting the power of knowledge in the hands of consumers.
Naturally Smart eggs. Naturally Smart is really bringing technology and farming together, using something the founders call Hen2Home. Farmers put a trace code on their eggs using an ink-free, chemical-free laser, and you can plug the number on your egg into the Naturally Smart website to find out where it came from, what the production method was, and more about the hen that laid it. If you can’t find Naturally Smart eggs in your local grocery store, they may arrive soon. Jonathan Phillips is the president and CEO of the company behind this technology, and he said it’s the wave of the future.
Real-Time Farms. If you want to know about local food and farms, but you have no idea where to start, then Real Time Farms is for you. This crowd-sourced website is essentially a nationwide food guide. You can look up farms, markets, and where to dine out on locally grown goods. Warning: It’s a bit sparse right now, but the concept is wonderful.
Farmbox Direct. CSAs are a beautiful, wonderful thing, but they just aren’t available in all areas. However, lots of “farm fresh” box services have been popping up, promising organic fruits and veggies delivered to your door. One of the biggest players right now is Farmbox Direct. It costs $40 to $60 a box per week. This concept is relatively new, so keep an eye out for others that cater to your area.
Eat Wild. Is protein in your diet a must? Check out Eat Wild, a website bursting with farm suggestions on where to shop for local and grass-fed meat, as well as eggs and dairy. You can search by state for local sources and call farms directly to ask questions. Jo Robinson is the genius behind this site. She is the best-selling author and investigative journalist who has written several books and articles about where we get our food and how to get back nutrients we’ve lost in the past.
Slow Food USA. One of the best things about Slow Food USA is all the local chapters they have. Just click on your state and find one near you to get involved in your own Slow Food chapter. Chances are they have events, resources, and gatherings. It might be the easiest and best way to make a difference in what you eat.