Are you the sort of farmers' market shopper who loves snapping photos of food and farmers? Or are you wondering who's selling locally-grown peaches this week? Whether you're passionate about local food in your own city or looking for markets to visit around the country, Real Time Farms is the website for you. Launched this spring by former Google employee Karl Rosaen, Real Time Farms is an online, user-driven guide to farmers' markets, farm stands, and seasonal produce, pantry goods, and plants. Organized by city, the site includes local market listings, a cool, filterable list of what goods are currently available from a particular market or vendor, and user-submitted photos of produce. Photographers can share pictures and details from their latest market visit by posting them online or emailing them; mobile device photos with GPS information are automatically associated with the closest farmers' market.
Right now, the site's listings are mostly concentrated in Ann Arbor, where it was founded, but its intended scope is national and the more people contribute, the stronger and more comprehensive it will become. We're definitely going to start sending and tagging photos for the markets and produce in our own area!
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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