New Portland App, Ripelist, for Exchanging Homemade and Homegrown Food

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[prMac.com] Portland, Oregon - Ripelist LLC is proud to announce the release of Ripelist 1.0, their app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that strips the local food movement down to its most basic form.

“Food habits in this country are changing. People not only care more than ever about where their food comes from, but they're actually returning to their yards and kitchens and producing their own food,” said Andrew Williamson co-founder of Ripelist. ”Ripelist is looking to turn every neighborhood into its own source of food.”

After opening a free account, the app essentially functions like a streamlined classifieds except it’s just for food. Users can post something for sale, trade or free, which includes a photo, description and location. Users can also post a request for something they want and include what they’re willing to pay or exchange for it. Other listing categories include food events and tools/equipment used for growing or cooking food.

For browsing, users can filter their search, toggling between listings closest to them or most recently posted. They can also message other users directly to set up a transaction or save a listing to easily find and contact the user about it when it’s convenient. All transactions happen in-person.

Ripelist co-founder, Andrew Williamson states, “This face to face interaction is at the core of our vision. When you meet the person who’s going to eat your food, there’s built in accountability and care in what’s being provided. Ultimately we hope Ripelist will help our communities become stronger by sharing what we have to eat.”

It was over five years ago when Andrew and Aaron Williamson, the brothers behind Ripelist, first came up with the idea. Andrew says, “I saw all this food from gardens and trees in neighbors yards going to waste, and I thought there has to be a simple way to connect people like this who have extra food, to people who need it. It was a problem of distribution.” They finally started working on Ripelist full time just last year and now the vision has grown to include a lot more than just surplus fruit.

Sharing and exchanging food with one’s neighbors is nothing new. It was a lot more common in years past and is still practiced today in many rural farming communities. The founders though hope that, by updating and streamlining the process with Ripelist, it will make food sharing a common practice once again in every neighborhood including urban and suburban ones. “It’s a lofty goal” says Andrew, “but our current food system just might depend on it.”

Ripelist will currently only work in Portland, OR and surrounding areas, and is available only on the iOS platform. Ripelist hopes to make it available on more platforms and in more locations starting in 2016.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.1 or later
* 12.5 MB

Pricing and availability:
Ripelist 1.0 is free, and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Food & Drink category.

Ripelist LLC was founded by Andrew Williamson and Aaron Williamson in 2015 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 Ripelist LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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