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Seasonal Recipe Generator

A online tool that generates recipes based on produce available in your local area.

Photo of Pollie Barden
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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it inspire the end user to lead a healthier life?

The target audience are people who don't believe they have the time or resources to cook seasonally. By providing an online tools that uses their location and season to offer up recipes they can make from locally available produce. The recipes results would also point to locally available affordable resources. The resources could be from farmer's markets, CSA's to neighborhood shared gardens.

An online tool with app components. 

But in location, season and meal type to generate recipes ideas. 

There is an option for ingredients have in kitchen or have just purchased. 

In addition to the meal the recipes shares the carbon foot print of each ingredient depending on time of year. 

Alternatively, one can put in a recipe and offers local alternatives. Or if suitable alternatives are realistic it may recommend waiting for season to cook the dish. 

The goal is reconnect communities to their local resources and make them aware of impact of shipping fruits and veg out of season. 

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

This is inspired by two practices. 1)The community aspect - In my hometown, a neighbor keeps a garden year around. When she has too much for herself she put the extra in bags and hangs on her fence for people. 2) the seasonal recipe came from an art installation I did call Consume. I create a cobb salad each week purchasing ingredients from different sources. I would map out the origin and carbon foot print of ingredients for the salad as the seasons changes.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea?

I would like guidance on local resources in difference countries and how they share resources locally so the recipe app is not western centric. I would like to collaborate with others who want to support our return seasonal eating which in turns support local customs. Skills - people who have experience in crowd sourcing data to seed the recipes.

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Does your idea currently have an Indiegogo campaign drafted?

  • No


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Photo of jyotirmaya mahapatra

Interesting Idea. I was only thinking about the availability of the eating options at nearby locations (, but as you pointed out, it hugely depends upon the local/seasonal produce. Moreover, sometimes availability is even hyper-local. The kind of food people eat when they are in transit can be terribly wrong just because of this reason.

Would love to see this idea evolving.


Photo of Shane Zhao

Great points Jyotirmaya. Pollie, have you also considered how this idea can tie in the cultural traditions and cuisines of local communities? e.g. how might Hispanic communities use the Seasonal Recipe Generator to create meal ideas that cater to their taste palate?

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