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The Eat Well Guide is leading the way in utilizing new media to support the local food movement in the United States and Canada. As the instigator behind this free online directory, Destin Joy Layne personifies "passion meeting tech." With roots in Wisconsin, for over 10 years Ms. Layne has been a food and community activist while fighting for safe, delicious and ethically produced food for all people. She is truly a pioneer of using online tools to promote the real food movement.

Ms. Layne offered this:

We are waking up to the fact that our nation's increasingly centralized, industrial food system is not keeping us as safe or healthy as it should. We need to ensure access to a secure food system by supporting local farmers who use ecologically sustainable methods (and produce delicious food!), not by relying on factory  farms or chemically processed, hormone- and antibiotic-laden food shipped in from overseas.

And we agree wholeheartedly.

It’s no secret that searching for (and finding) fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food can sometimes be frustrating, if not next-to-impossible. The Guide's listings include farmers markets, natural food stores and designated plant-based restaurants. Discovering what’s in your neighborhood can be as easy as a couple of clicks of a mouse. 

AlterNet said this about the Eat Well Guide in the article "Finding the Best, Local Food Near You Just Got Easier" by Tara Lohan:

In reality, the site is as organic as the food it advocates. It is constantly changing each day, with updates and new entries from the site's readers and partners. It is  also growing, with each new farmers market or locally rooted business that is able to connect to people seeking out exactly what they are producing. And, like a healthy garden, it thrives on diversity.

Put it on your list to check out the great work the folks at The Eat Well Guide are doing. Your knowledge about the fresh, delicious, local food in your area will be increased. And your taste buds will be very happy.

Would searching for local food sources online work for you?