Southern California environment news and trends

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.


Recyclable California produce boxes tested

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Initial tests on newly developed recyclable boxes for California produce began in earnest last week.

Iceberg lettuce, broccoli and celery from Lakeside Organic Gardens’ Watsonville facility were packed into Fibre Box Association-certified recyclable boxes that were supplied by Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery, Interstate Container and Green Bay Packaging.

The produce was closely tracked from the Watsonville location to the New Leaf Community Market in Santa Cruz, to see if the packaging could adequately handle transporting wet vegetables. As reported by the Packer, the delivered produce (which reached Santa Cruz “in pretty good shape”) was then used to make salads for those assembled for the event, including Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane.

The ultimate goal is to eliminate the use of paraffin wax, which has traditionally been used to seal boxes used for produce boxes and cannot be recycled.