An application that helps people locate local, in season food has just been released for the iPhone. Simply titled Locavore, it determines your location when you open up the app (and depending on where I am in the house it says I’m in Pennsylvania or New Jersey; I live right on the border). It then gives you information in four categories.
In Season – Locavore tells you what is currently in season, how much longer it will be in season, and what will be in season soon.
Markets – With the help of Localharvest.org, this app points you to the closest farmers markets. It accurately points me to about 15 markets in a 13 mile range, and accurately points me to the two closest to my house. There’s one about 8 miles from house that’s open year round that I didn’t know about. Good to know.
Food – You can browse by food, from almonds to zucchini, and find out where in the U.S. it is currently in season. There are also links to articles about the foods and recipes for them on Epicurious.com.
States – By clicking on Northern California, I can easily see that there is so much more in season there right now than there is in my state. I suppose this would be helpful if you’re traveling to another state to know what will be in season once you get there. Right now, all it’s doing is giving me a big case of locavore envy.
I think the market locator part of the application is the most helpful. Since it asks each time I open it if it should use my location, I can easily find farmers markets close to wherever I happen to be on vacation. And, if I’m visiting a friend, I can help her find markets near her.
There’s no information here that I wouldn’t be able to find out on the Internet, but it’s nice to have it handy in my pocket whenever I might need it. At $2.99, it’s the most expensive app I’ve bought for my iPhone so far, but I think I’ll get my money’s worth.