Farmers Markets

Help Us Build the Internet's Most Comprehensive Food Guide

May 10, 2013

Is your favorite local farm on Real Time Farms yet? Our partner site, their mission toward food transparency, and how you can help.

If you aren't familiar with the mission of our partner site, Real Time Farms, it's a simple one to remember: they want you to know where your food comes from, no matter where you are. Because if you do, you'll eat more sustainably and you'll eat more healthfully. You'll eat better. And that's why we want to help them build the most comprehensive food guide that exists on the web -- but we'll need your help. 

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There might be a farm around the corner from you that you didn't know about. Maybe the potato farmer with the best fingerlings for miles is still a secret -- and he shouldn't be. 

Real Time Farms wants everyone to have access to this information. To find out where your local markets are, you'd need your neighbor to upload information to Real Time Farms. And then, you'd need to be that neighbor in return. As we all pay it forward -- snap photos of our markets and post them -- more people, in more places, will have a closer relationship to the food they eat everyday. Make fun of heirloom young garlic, foraged ramps, and Colin the chicken all you want -- it's the stuff of beautiful meals, and we want you to be able to have access to it. 

Since we joined forces with Real Time Farms last year, we see this as our most natural collaboration yet: good food, the farmers who grow it, and cooking go hand in hand. And so do we, now, with Real Time Farms. (You read that right: we hold hands. A lot.) Stay tuned for more joint projects to come! 

Here's how you can help:

1. Become a member of their community in order to upload your market photos.

2. Take photos of farms, food artisans and farmers markets when you shop. This is easy -- you probably do it already. Marian snapped this one of scallion flowers on a recent market visit. 

3. Post them to Real Time Farms. If the farm or market already exists in the database, just add to the profile! If not, consider yourself to be breaking new ground.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.