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3 Free 4-Star Grocery List Apps for Smartphones You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Whether or not you like the process of shopping for food, the key to a successful trip to the grocery store is putting together a good list. Sometimes this can make all the difference in not forgetting about the toilet paper or dish soap you so badly need.

I was curious to see how many different apps for grocery shopping are available on the market, and of course there are many. For the purposes of our list, I decided to focus on apps rated with at least four stars and that are free to download. The grocery app world is full of apps that cost money, but these three do a great job despite without costing you extra money!

OurGroceries by Headcode.

Rated 4 stars. Free Download.

I have the OurGroceries app and use it for weekly food shopping. What I like about it is my partner and I can share one shopping list between our two iphones and we both have the ability to add items. It has a very simple interface that allows us to create multiple lists according to where we shop, or even break down needed items into recipes. As you shop the items can be crossed off with one click, and all items are saved to be added another time.

Available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

Grocery Smart by Handmark Inc.

Rated 4.5 stars. Free Download.

Grocery Smart sounds similar to OurGroceries. It supports syncing and sharing lists across multiple users and devices. Users can also add items via a web interface that can be updated to the app. This is really useful when one member of the family doesn’t have a smartphone, but they do have the internet and a computer. Lists can be organized by store, and also sorted by department, and items can be checked off as you shop.

Available for iPhone & Android.

Simple Grocery List by Route 1 Software.

Rated 4 stars. Free Dowload.

The Simple Grocery List app aims to be as simple as the paper list you once kept on your fridge (or still do). It comes pre-loaded with the most common grocery items, which you can rearrange, add to, or delete as you need. Lists can be emailed from your device and also imported into the app from email. There are also multiple themes available for you to customize the interface.

Available for iPhone.

Do you have a favorite shopping list app we haven’t mentioned here?

Please tell us about it the comments!

Image by Sarah on Foodtree.

5 Really Helpful iPhone apps for People with Food Allergies

People with food allergies have to stay more informed about the food they eat than the average eater. It’s often a case of life or death!

As such, I was curious to do a bit of research into apps that cater to a restricted diet.

Below, I’ve selected five of the most useful and interesting apps I came across that focus on helping people with allergies. I think this is an excellent variety pack of tools for people to use in coping with food allergies.

Please let us know in the comments if you have more suggestions!

MyFoodFacts, by VISDATEC INC.

Rated 4+. Cost: $1.99

MyFoodFacts is a useful tool for detecting food allergens in processed food products. The app uses the iPhone camera to scan the UPC barcode found on most food label packaging, and cross references this information with a database of thousands of food products. The app alerts users if an allergen is found they may be allergic to, based upon their custom requirements. This also includes common derivatives associated with with the list of allergens and intolerances.

Available for iPhone.

myAllergies Food Diary, by MyHealth Software Ltd.

Rated 4+. Cost: $2.99

MyAllergies Food Diary helps users track their daily intake of food and drink along with symptoms potentially related to food allergies (i.e. headache, rash, upset stomach, etc). The app includes an analysis tool to cross references a list of foods or drinks and identifies the links between these and the potential symptoms. Detailed results for each food/drink includes more specific information and a histogram showing your symptoms over time.

Available for iPhone.

Cook IT Allergy Free, by My Allergy Free Recipes, LLC.

Rated 4+. Cost: $4.99

Cook IT Allergy Free is a recipe app that caters to people with food allergies. All the recipes are gluten-free but are customizable to cater to every type of food allergy sufferer. There are over two hundred recipes included in the app with more being added all the time. Each one allows the user to trade out allergen ingredients and substitute with a safe alternative that works with the recipe. Customized recipes can be saved to a grocery list of ingredients, or shared with others through email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Available for iPhone & iPad.

iCanEat OnTheGo Gluten & Allergen Free, by AllergyFree Passport

Rated 4+. Cost: $2.99

iCanEat OnTheGo is an app that assists users in making gluten and allergen-free food choices from chain restaurant menus. It includes places like McDonald’s, KFC, Arby’s and other fastfood restaurants and allows users to customize menu selections to eliminate food items they are allergic to. It’s healthier meal choices while eating on the go.

Available for iPhone & iPad.

Food Additives 2, by IGRASS PTY LTD

Rated 4+. Cost: $3.99

If you’ve ever wanted to have more information about food additives at your fingertips, then this is the app for you. The Food Additives 2 app is a self-contained database of additives in food which includes information about affects on health, maximum daily intake, food products associated with the additives, etc. It’s especially relevant for those with food allergies because it allows them to lookup ingredients with those long scientific sounding names, which often turn out to contain allergens.

Available for iPhone & iPad.

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How-To: Share Foodtree Photos on Social Media

At Foodtree we want your food photo sharing experience to be social. It’s far more enjoyable to interact with other users who get just as excited about fresh local food as you do.

With this in mind, on our last release we’ve made it even easier to share your photos on Twitter and Facebook. Now there are two methods of sharing in the app.

Step 1.
Sending to Twitter and Facebook when adding a new photo. You’ve taken a photo, tagged it with market, vendor, and food type information (see previous blog post). The next option is to create a caption which will go underneath the photo in the app.

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Twitter and facebook sharing

As you type in your caption the comment field will keep a character count. Tap Done at the bottom right of the keyboard when you are finished typing and it will disappear.

Step 2.
On this screen you have the option of sharing your photo to both Facebook and Twitter. This will include the caption you’ve written with a link to the image on the Foodtree website. (Here’s an example).

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Sharing to twitter and facebook

These options toggle on and off, and once you’ve chosen where to share just hit the Post button in the top right corner and you’re done. The photo appears in the app, on Twitter, and on your Facebook profile page.

Step 3.
Sending existing photos to Twitter and Facebook. As with deleting a photo you click on the arrow icon in the top right corner of a photo to access Twitter and Facebook options.

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Deleting or tweeting a photo

Step 4.
At this point you can share your photo to Facebook and Twitter but not at the same time. Keep in mind that the app will generate a default message rather than allowing you to create your own.

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Step 5.
Tap the Facebook button and the app will ask if you want to post the photo to your wall with the message, “Found some fresh Eggplant* on Foodtree”. Tap post to share it to your profile page wall.

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(* the food is based on the food type you’ve tagged the photo with).


Step 6.
Tap the Twitter button and the app will ask if you want to send a tweet with the message, “Found some fresh Eggplant* on Foodtree”. Tap the Tweet button to share it to your Twitter account.

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Step 7.
And you’re done!

If you have any questions let us know, or drop by our Community Support forums.

You can download the Foodtree iPhone app for free from the App Store.

How-To: Delete a Photo from Foodtree

Our How-To Series includes tips on how to use our mobile app and website. We know some of these will be obvious to some users, but they’re all questions we’ve been asked from time to time, so we want make sure answers to these questions are easy to find. If you have any questions that might make for a good How-To, shoot a quick email to!

Deleting Foodtree Photos

Ever taken a photo you just weren’t happy with?

Or accidentally snapped a photo Eggplants and labeled that photo “Eggs”?  Don’t worry, it happens to us too.  Now we’ve got an easy way to clean out photos you’d like removed from your Foodtree feed.

Step 1.
At the top right corner of every photo you’ll find a small arrow icon.

Deleting a photo

Tap it to bring up further options, including deleting the photo.

Step 2.
On the next screen you’ll find the big red delete button (along with sharing options we’ll get into in another blog post). Once you click delete there’s no going back because the photo will immediately be removed from your photo steam. You can always hit cancel at this point if you change your mind.

Deleting a photo

Step 3.
The deleted photo has left your photo steam, and you’re done.

If you have any questions let us know, or drop by our Community Support forums!

How-To: Quickly Adding Farms & Food Info to Your Photos

We know that the farmers market is a busy place, and we’re often pretty focused on all the great food and our shopping lists while we’re there, so snapping pics of the great food surrounding you shouldn’t take more than a second.

We’ve tried to make the process as easy as possible, while still allowing you to identify which farms and markets your local food is coming from. Lately we’ve come to realize there are a few useful features in the Foodtree app that aren’t obvious to everyone. We’ll try to make it more clear in a future update but for now we want to make sure you’re up to speed on how to quickly use the app in your markets.

Here’s a quick highlight about adding information to your photos in the app for source types and food types.

Step 1.
You’ve taken a photo and the app asks you to add information below the image about the market, producer, and what the food is. Tap on each field to add the information.

Adding sources and food types

Step 2.
For market information, we’ve made it easy because the app will suggest the closest local market to you based on GPS location.

Step 3.
For “Where Is It From?”. This refers to vendor or producer information where you’ve taken the photo. When you tap through a long list of market vendors appears. Rather than scrolling through the list just begin typing in the name and the app will bring up suggestions.

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If you can’t find the name you’re looking for there is also the option to add new information.

Step 4.
“What is it?” refers to the type of food you’ve taken a photo of. As with food source information, on this screen a long list of food types will appear, and again, the list will respond suggestions as you type.

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If you don’t find the food type you’re looking for there is also the option to add something new.

Step 5.
All done!

You’ve added all the information to your photo and shared it with the Foodtree community!

Now everyone nearby knows where to find those early season pears.

If you have any questions let us know, or drop by our Community Support forums.

Foodtree iPhone app v1.2 – Now With Exciting New Features

We’re really excited to share the latest version of our Foodtree iPhone app, available as always as a free download in the App Store.

In response to user feedback we’ve added exciting new features to make your food photo sharing experience more social and fun. We’ve also expanded into new farmers markets in both Canada and the US.

New Foodtree Cities

If you live in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, or Denver you can use the app to share photos at some of your local farmers markets. If you don’t see your favorite local market in the app just leave a comment or let us know on twitter. We’re adding more markets all the time, but especially as users request them.

New Foodtree Features

And now for the best part of Foodtree app v1.2 – new features! You can now:

1. Leave comments on photos: Users now have the ability to make additional comments on their own photos, and also comment on the photos of other users.

2. Follow people and food sources: Users can follow other photo streams including their favorite farmers markets and other users sharing beautiful photos of food. These appear under the “news” feed menu, separate from your own photos.

3. Share your photos on Twitter & Facebook: Send your freshest food photos to twitter and facebook in one smooth step while sharing within the app.

You can also share any photo you see in the app at any time.  Just click the arrow icon at the top of each photo and you will have the option of sharing to Twitter, Facebook, or both at the same time.

Download v1.2 of the Foodtree app from iTunes for free. As always, your feedback is appreciated!

Local Food Shift Launches in Boulder

Local Food Shift is a collaboration between Foodtree and Boulder-based organization, Transition Colorado, the first officially-recognized Transition initiative in North America. Together we’re creating tools and processes to empower the local food movement in communities globally.

About Local Food Shift
Most of the food we eat comes from sources hundreds or thousands of miles away. Local Food Shift is working to help bring every community’s “foodshed” closer to home.

Little by little, we’re shifting the global diet to the local, to food that is raised, caught, processed, cooked, distributed and sold by people in your community or nearby, people that you know and trust.

In most communities, less than three precent of food consumption is locally-grown and locally-produced. We’re inviting everyone— individuals, families, businesses, schools, restaurants, and institutions—to devote up to 10 percent of their food budget to local food.

If you’d like to know more, the Local Food Shift team will be on location at the Boulder Farmers Market today (July 20, 2011) from 4pm to 8pm, and ongoing every Wednesday and Saturday. They’ll be encouraging the community to take the 10% local food shift pledge, and also demonstrating the Foodtree iphone app.

Come on out and get local with your food.