Years ago, it used to be the only way to find fresh food online – where the farmer’s markets and farmers were; things like that – was Local Harvest. And while they’re still going strong (though some, myself included, criticize them for not keeping their listings updated) they’re not the only game in town anymore. There are also a ton of new sites and and apps out there for connecting people to educational opportunities about food. Here are some new and interesting options for tracking down local food and being involved in your local food community –
Harvest to Hand – search for farmer’s markets, CSAs, shops, etc. near you.
Leftover Swap – if you’ve got food leftovers to share, this app connects you with folks who will eat them.
Cooking Matters – a volunteer group that organizes store tours and cooking classes to teach people how to shop for and cook whole foods.
Ample Harvest – connects gardeners with food pantries, in order to donate fresh produce.
Endhunger.org – an organization that gleans the last of the harvest from farm fields in order to donate it to the hungry.
Feeding America – a great site to find volunteer opportunities at your local food pantry.
Agrilicious – another great site for finding a farmer.
Eat Well Guide – find farmers, restaurants, markets, shops, etc.
National Farmer’s Market Directory – the official USDA farmer’s market listing.
Eat Wild – directory of pastured/wild-caught meat and fish.
Pick Your Own – a huge directory of you-pick farms and orchards.
Farm Fresh – another local farm finder.