Foodtree iPhone app from Foodtree Media is an app developed in conjunction with the city of Vancouver. The iPhone app is brilliantly simple, effective, and (best of all) a free way to share what’s fresh and available in your area. Foodtree makes it simple to find farm-fresh markets in your area, as well as keep up to date with the latest in locally grown goodness. It’s gorgeous interface is further cream to the crop, making Foodtree simply one of the best utilities for the green eater in us all. Let’s explore the app in detail with our iPhone app review.
Concept and Functionality
In essence, Foodtree takes a grass-roots and up approach to building a local community that adores fresh food. Users are given free reign to snap photos of their favorite (and fresh) finds, and then upload them to the app’s home feed. In this sense, Foodtree is most similar to apps like Instagram, in that it allows for easy proliferation of user-created pictures.
However, as the iPhone app wants to make it as easy as possible for you to acquire farm-made goods in your area, it comes stocked with a handful of other neat features: Chief among these is a map of your local area that provides pinpointed farmer’s markets. Using this tool, it’s never been easier to find local markets, and as users can append photos to specific locations, check out the produce first-hand before arriving. It’s incredibly simple, and we appreciated just how much can be said through a few snapshots taken from a mobile device.
There’s also a social function, in which users can chat about local produce, or meet up for green-based luncheons—or any other meal you’d prefer, really. There’s also full integration with Facebook and Twitter for easy photo sharing.
However, we would have like to see even more integration with several services. For example, though users can find local markets, there’s no quick way to get directions via Google Maps. Likewise, we’d like the option to include more detailed notes or annotations to photos, rather than just a quick caption.
Design and Graphics
Overall, we were blown away by Foodtree’s excellent design. The tab-based navigational tools make it easy to get at the app’s fresh features, while the paneled food browsing is even more eye candy-esque. As stated, even more robust features would help to flesh the app out, and we also would have liked to see more supported areas. The Foodtree community is still small, and even in one of the world’s largest home-grown networks—the greater Boulder are—we had trouble finding produce.
If you’re looking for a convenient way to find local produce from your iPhone—and live in a supported city— Foodtree is an ace way to go. The app is gorgeous, functional, socially-integrated, and best of all, completely free in the App Store, making it a fresh find on its own right.
Foodtree requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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