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Season’s eatings: Find local, fresh food with new app

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In the produce-rich state of California, it’s easy to get spoiled by the vast variety of fresh food available at local farmers markets and grocery stores. But with food knowledge becoming more of a commodity in Los Angeles, there are still plenty of us who have no idea when tomatoes are in season or where to find the freshest kale in town. Thanks to a new iPhone app ‘Eat Local,’ finding fresh, local food near you — as well as a host of healthy eating information — is available at the touch of a screen.

As reported by Treehugger, the functional, easy to navigate app allows users to find local farmers markets, and see what exactly is in season in the chosen region at any given time. Perusing the California page, each month of the year is broken in half, detailing what exactly is in season early in the month as opposed to later in the month. There are harvest calendars for northern and southern California and over 100 healthy recipes.


Santa Monica Farmers Market versus Carmageddon – It’s on

By now, just about every Angeleno worth her SigAlert subscription knows that the 405 Freeway is going to shut down for 53 hours in mid-July. From the 10 to the 101 Freeways, the 405 will be impenetrable from around 7pm on July 15th to 5am on July 18th. Buses are being mobilized. Plans are being drawn. Farmers markets are preparing. After all, what’s a Westside fresh produce shopper to do in the midst of the Carpocalypse?

Fear not West L.A., because the Santa Monica Farmers Market has your back. The city has three farmers markets that run on the weekend, and all plan to weather the 405 closure. I spoke with Darra Henigan, who is the Farmers Market Coordinator for the city of Santa Monica. She assured me that despite the thousands of people who visit the markets on the weekend, “We want everyone to know we’re open for business.”