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10.07.2014

Farmstand: Fresh food at your fingertips

Looking for a new and exciting way to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet? Try purchasing fresh and healthy produce at your local farmers’ market! If you are interested in buying locally, supporting your community and eating fresh produce, visiting a farmers market could be a great idea for you–and the app Farmstand can help you find one nearby!

How it works:

Farmstand is a free app that is currently available on iOS devices. It is a quick and easy way to discover farmers markets in your area. The app also allows you to share photos and post deals you have found. You can locate markets in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and more. If you need to find a market in a jiffy, you can sort the farmers markets by distance and the next open time. Farmstand also has the ability to filter which markets accept food and nutrition benefits such as SNAP/EBT/WIC.

Once you download the application, you can either create an account with Farmstand or continue without signing in. Either one will give you full access to the app. Using your location, it immediately displays the farmers markets open in your area. You can either use a map to pull up the details of a particular market or just scroll through a list of the local markets. You’ll also see a newsfeed from other local users. Feel free to add comments or photos to the newsfeed at any time.

Pros: This easy-to-use app promotes eating healthy produce and supporting farmers in your community. It’s a great tool to help you check out a farmers market and choose a new-to-you fruit or veggie to bring home!

Cons: Within the sort tool, there is not an option to sort by day. The database is limited regarding the farmers market locations—however, the number of locations has improved based on customer feedback.

Overall consensus: If you have never experienced a farmers market, now’s your chance! Use Farmstand to find a nearby farmers market to explore!

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more help finding helpful fitness apps and resources.