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App helps you locate farm-fresh Va. food

Sunday - 3/6/2011, 2:50pm  ET

WASHINGTON - Looking for fresh produce from local farms? You might want to check out a new app.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the "Virginia Grown" app can help consumers find fresh locally produced products -- like fruits, vegetables, cheese and eggs -- with just a couple touches of the screen.

VDACS Commissioner Matthew Lohr says the app lets consumers search for a certain commodity or location.

The app then gives directions to the nearest farmers' market, pick-your-own farm or other venue to purchase the product.

"This new app that has been developed, we're the first state in the country to have such an app, and it's a way of being bold and innovative and really reaching out to younger consumers especially," Lohr says.

The app right now is for Windows Phone 7, but Lohr says it should be available for the iPhone and Android phones in the future.

"Whatever their interest is, we want to make it as easy as we can," Lohr says, "and we think this new app will do just that."

WTOP's Kathy Stewart contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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