Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Find your way to farm life

Farmstarliving.com (website and iOS, Android app) offers a directory of restaurants across the United States that serve food produced by local farmers. You can also search state by state for farms that are open to the public and offer hayrides, mazes, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfasts, you-pick-it orchards, and much more.

Cost: Free

What's hot: I loved the "Farm Fun" section of the website, where you can search for overnight farm stays, bed-and-breakfasts, and cabin and tent stays. Even better was the ability to combine the type of lodging you wanted with the type of animals or activities you were interested in. I found a ranch in New Mexico where I could participate in a cattle drive and stay nearly a week. Maybe you want to visit a reindeer farm in Alaska during winter break? Too easy.

What's not: The app was crowded with not one but two ads when I tested it on my iPhone 4S. I would prefer a paid version of the app without the ads and with pictures and longer descriptions of the farms.

Worth it? I was thrilled to find the website, but I won't keep the app on my phone.

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