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Real Time Data and What's in Season

I wish we had the time to build this ourselves, but don’t think we have the resources right now. Anyone want to collaborate?

I’ve been thinking about how to integrate twitter, farmer’s markets and seasonality based on geolocation instead of political boundary. Here is an example from a market gardener tweet this morning.

If that tweet could be integrated with a map to display what’s in season now (and can then be archived to predict whats in season next year) and then displayed.

Kind of like Stocktwits for better eating.

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  1. Joya Parsons #

    Have you heard of Hungry Garden ( I think it may serve some of the function you’re talking about, but I’m not sure where it stands developmentally right now. Maybe you could talk to Brian (@hungrygarden on Twitter) about where things stand. I know a few months ago he was testing out the Twitter integration. I think something like this could be a really valuable tool!

    April 18, 2010
  2. Derek Shanahan #

    Joya,Thanks for the comment! We definitely poked around HG and I think Anthony's been in touch with Brian (but I don't want to speak for him).  It's exciting to see so many people tackling food using innovative technology, isn't it?  It seems as if the space is underserved by a technology community that's understandably focused on rapid advances and low hanging fruit.  I really don't mean that in a negative way; new technology is quickly applicable to things like communication (SMS, twitter) and fast moving markets (wall street, virtual commerce), among many others.  I think food's a more tangible, human-paced economy that is just now taking it's place in the leveraged experience that tech can provide us.  When you consider how many people are thinking more actively about their consumption and the conversation has reached places like the White House and Oprah, you start to see why innovation has such potential here.  As a geek at heart, I personally see wonderful things for the future of our food system as a result of this kind of attention and the resulting solutions around the corner…our diets, our food system, and our health all present exciting challenges to everyone looking to make a difference.  Each new effort to make it easier for us to make smart, conscious decisions about our relationship with food is one step closer to a strong, sustainable system. Happy eating:)

    April 18, 2010
  3. Anthony Nicalo #

    Thanks Joya and Derek.I have talked with Brian from Hungry Garden, but since your reminder have checked out his site again. It definitely looks like he is trying to tackle some of this, and I will reach out to him again.

    April 20, 2010
  4. nancy #, also free iphone app for shopping–picture of bar code check out item pricing,availability

    April 23, 2010
  5. Anthony Nicalo #

    Thanks, Nancy. The listing of farmer’s markets from the USDA is quite helpful. We’ll hopefully make it much easier to use. Would you only use the Iphone app if it was free?

    April 23, 2010

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