Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Want Local Fresh Produce? There's an App for That

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM

The Seasonal and Simple app. | MU Extension
  • The Seasonal and Simple app. | MU Extension

Mizzou faculty and students have developed a smartphone app to help Missourians find local, in-season fruits and vegetables. The app, called Seasonal and Simple, is based off the print version already put out by MU Extension. A digital version will obviously help when you're actually out looking for that fresh produce.

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"It's info about selecting, preparing, storing different fruits and vegetables commonly grown in Missouri," says Cindy DeBlauw, a dietitian and MU Extension associate, who spearheaded the project. "But we also wanted people to be able to take it into farmers' markets and a grocery and use that information right there. As you're looking at a tomato, how do you know that tomato is good?"

Enter Seasonal and Simple. It started as a student project and turned into a collaboration between computer science and engineering students, who programmed the app, and journalism students, who promoted it. Computer science professor Dale Musser and journalism professor Mike McKean got their classes to help DeBrauw develop Seasonal and Simple.

Next: local produce at the touch of a button.

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