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Free Local Food App

May 12, 2012 02:00 PM

Posted by Frank Weiler

As an extension of its paper map and on-line local food finder, Foodlink has recently developed a free App download for handheld devices offering instant access to local food sources. This innovative tool will interface with Foodlink’s existing database providing “live” up-to-date information, as well as directions to farms, markets and retail outlets using GPS mapping technology and Google maps API integration.

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Members of the community are invited to the official launch of the new Local Food App on Wednesday, May 23, from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Communitech in the Tannery Building, 151 Charles St. W., Kitchener.

Foodlink also invites members of the public to attend the launch of its 2012 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map which will take place at the Elmira Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 26, from 10am – 12:00pm. The map features over 70 local farms as well as farmers markets and other businesses that produce and sell local foods. Now in its 11th edition, the map makes it easier than ever to buy and eat fresh, healthy local food in Waterloo Region and environs. Free copies of the map will be available from representatives of Foodlink throughout the morning.

Each year the launch takes place in a different location. “This time we chose the Elmira Farmers Market not only because they are celebrating their milestone 10-Year Anniversary, but also because of their authenticity—without exception, everything is grown or produced by locals, “ says Anna Contini, Manager of Foodlink. The outdoor market features a range of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, preserves, maple syrup and home baked goods. Located behind the Elmira Home Hardware on Church Street, it runs every Saturday morning from May to October.

Copies of the new 2012 Buy Local! Buy Fresh! Map are free and available at all public libraries across the Region, as well as selected food retailers, restaurants, markets and other local businesses. A full listing of map pick-up locations as well as downloading details for the free App, can be found at www.foodlink.ca.

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