B.C. farmers are making it easier than ever to shop local with the launch of a new app.

We Heart Local, a free smartphone app from the BC Dairy Association and Buy Local. Eat Natural., helps you find grocery stores, restaurants, food trucks, and boutiques that carry B.C. products.

"The We ♥ Local app connects you to all the awesome flavours of BC’s local food community – anytime, anywhere," says the BC Dairy Association's website. "Like having a local farmers’ market in your pocket, you can browse local recipes, discover what’s in season, and find businesses that offer locally produced products anywhere in BC."

There are various qualifications that an establishment must pass in order to be part of We Heart Local, including having at least five local menu items for restaurants and at least 10 per cent local produce for supermarkets.

“We know that consumers are very enthusiastic about local food,” Reg Ens, executive director of the B.C. Agriculture Council, told The Vancouver Sun. “This is more of a demand-pull exercise that will show our producers where opportunities to sell more of their products are, especially when people start to use the app.”

It can be downloaded through the iTunes app store.

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  • For Her

  • Erin Templeton Kiss And Makeup

    Made from recycled leather, this piece by beloved Vancouver designer <a href="http://www.erintempleton.com/" target="_blank">Erin Templeton</a> is perfect for keeping things intact. $44.

  • The Dirty Apron Ultimate Celebration Holiday Gift Box

    This box is tailor-made to congratulate or impress. Popping the question this Christmas? Celebrating success or achievement? Best to pop a bottle of champagne first. $100 (with Sparkling Wine) - $150 (Champagne). <a href="http://www.dirtyapron.com/" target="_blank">The Dirty Apron</a> is located at 540 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver.

  • Christine Lingerie Diva Teddy In Platinum With Kohl Lace

    Diva evokes a luxurious boudoir feeling adorned in black Chantilly lace. This one-piece romper has an elastic waist, adjustable straps and lace applique at the neckline and short. 100% Silk, designed by Vancouver's <a href="http://christinelingerie.com/" target="_blank">Christine Morton</a>. $225.

  • One Fated Knight King In Washed Java

    A good sized bag in a versatile colour, perfect for bringing just about anywhere. Quality leather from Vancouver's <a href="http://onefatedknight.com/" target="_blank">One Fated Knight</a> brand. $298.

  • Alex Folzoi Osaka Messenger Bag

    <a href="http://www.alexfolzi.ca/" target="_blank">Alex Folzoi</a> messenger/camera bag made from vegetable tanned leather, mostly stitched by hand with a nylon thread. Product Size: 22 x 12 x 16 cm Hardware: Rustic Gold Shoulder Strap included, one pocket in front and a magnet closure. Has thick cotton lining on the side. $65.99.

  • Russell Hackney Ceramics

    Beautifully crafted ceramics by Vancouver/Bowen Island ceramicist <a href="http://russellhackneyceramics.com/" target="_blank">Russell Hackney</a>. The range of sizes and creatures start at $80. Available at <a href="http://shop.walrushome.com/" target="_blank">Walrus</a> (3408 Cambie St., Vancouver).

  • Vancouver Market Bag

    The Vancouver Market bag is the result of an Old Faithful Shop and Apolis collaboration. A few years ago, Apolis partnered with Saidpur Enterprises: a project established in Bangladesh to help mothers of malnourished children find temporary employment producing jute handicrafts . The operation quickly grew and now supports many artisans for a large fair trade export which provide literacy classes, training on nutrition, women's legal rights, educational awareness and finance. $65. Available at <a href="http://www.oldfaithfulshop.com/" target="_blank">Old Faithful Shop</a> (320 W. Cordova St., Vancouver).

  • Christine Lingerie Classic PJ In Iris With Lime Piping

    Bedtime staples become daytime favorites, as seen in Elle and O magazine. These beautiful silk charmeuse pajamas are tailored to be both elegant and comfortable. The pant has elastic waist in the back and a tie front. 100% Silk, designed by Vancouver's <a href="http://christinelingerie.com/" target="_blank">Christine Morton</a>. $350.

  • Erin Templeton Good Girl

    This over-the-shoulder bag in new Whiskey leather is great for going out. From Vancouver designer <a href="http://www.erintempleton.com/" target="_blank">Erin Templeton</a>. $190.

  • Anita Sikma Phoenix Pendant

    Stop a whole metropolis in its tracks with a handcrafted, art deco-influenced pendants by local designer <a href="http://anitasikma.com/" target="_blank">Anita Sikma</a>. $390. At <a href="http://cavaliergastown.com/" target="_blank">Cavalier</a> (#217 – 207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver).

  • John Fluevog Derby Swirl Shoe

    To celebrate the new 7th Heaven Angel Soles, Vancouver designer <a href="http://www.fluevog.com/" target="_blank">John Fluevog</a> has produced a small run of the classic Derby Swirl Boot now in a 5 hole version for women, complete with leather lining and padded foot socks, in amazing colourways and patterns. $265.

  • Obakki Polo Dress

    Short sleeve dress with polo collar in stretch viscose from Vancouver label <a href="http://obakki.com/" target="_blank">Obakki</a>. Easy to dress up or dress down. $255.

  • BETA5 Signature Holiday Chocolates

    These are a far cry from your typical box of chocolates and come in six seasonal flavours including mandarin caramel, candied chestnut, Hennessey cognac and sweet potato. Handmade fresh each day in their <a href="http://beta5.myshopify.com/" target="_blank">East Vancouver shop</a> the holiday collection is crafted from the finest ingredients including chocolate from France's storied cacaofèvier, Michel Cluizel. 12 chocolates for $25.

  • One Fated Knight Maiden In Greyed Jade

    From Vancouver designer <a href="http://onefatedknight.com/" target="_blank">Jennifer Yau</a> comes this sleek, petite, and useful handheld. $108.

  • Muraco Wolfe Stacking Rings

    These high polish, cut-out stacking rings by local designer <a href="http://muracowolfe.com/" target="_blank">Muraco Wolfe</a> look great when worn with other thin bands or on their own. $146. Available at <a href="http://cavaliergastown.com/" target="_blank">Cavalier</a> (#217 – 207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver).

  • Fairmont Pacific Rim Willow Stream Spa Van Active Body Treatment

    This 90-minute treatment begins with an invigorating geranium, pine and ylang-ylang exfoliation, followed by time in a personal steam room, which relaxes you and releases impurities. A detoxifying massage with organic juniper, fennel and lavender oil completes the experience. This stimulating treatment focuses on muscles and joints, building vitality. $235. <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/willow-stream/" target="_blank">Willow Stream Spa</a> is located at 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver.

  • 'Wood' By Jennica Harper

    <a href="http://www.anvilpress.com/authors/Jennica-Harper" target="_blank">This book</a> is a pop-culture meditation on parenthood and all its complexities and complications. In her third collection, Harper deftly inhabits the lives of sons and daughters, fathers and mothers — the real, the mythical, the dreamed-up, and the surrogate. Pinocchio tries to make his father proud in a tempting world of sex and vice. A young caregiver to a special needs child ponders her romantic future alongside the true meaning of Crimson & Clover. Bess Houdini, married to the world’s greatest magician, conjures the children she’ll never have. $18.

  • Forest & Waves Vancouver Special Tea Towel

    Hand-screened in Vancouver, this <a href="http://www.forestandwaves.com/" target="_blank">Forest & Waves</a> tea towel immortalizes a city landmark. $26. Available at <a href="http://shop.walrushome.com/" target="_blank">Walrus</a> (3408 Cambie St., Vancouver).

  • Leah Alexandra Argyle White Druzy Cuff

    Diamond-shaped white druzy gemstones set in 24k gold vermeil (over sterling silver) cuff by Vancouver's <a href="http://www.leahalexandra.com/" target="_blank">Leah Alexandra</a>. $209.

  • Victoria Spirits Left Coast Hemp Vodka

    Hemp vodka? We went there. <a href="http://www.victoriaspirits.com/" target="_blank">Made in Victoria</a>, and delicious. $47.

  • Fairmont Pacific Rim Willow Stream Spa Coastal Mountain Body Wrap

    Nourish dry skin and release tension with a warm wrap—using maple butter, cocoa and shea butter—and a massage with maple lotion. As soothing to the body as Vancouver’s coastal mountains are to the soul. 60 minutes, $165. <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/willow-stream/" target="_blank">Willow Stream Spa</a> is located at 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver.

  • 'The Grande Dames Of The Cariboo' By Julie Fowler

    '<a href="http://caitlin-press.com/our-books/grande-dames-of-the-cariboo-the/" target="_blank">The Grande Dames of the Cariboo</a>' tells the story of Vivien Cowan and Sonia Cornwall and their intriguing friendship with Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson, and Joseph Plaskett. In this genre-bending work, Fowler expertly and creatively weaves her search for an understanding of her own passion for art and her love of the Cariboo with a mesmerising story of creative life in one of B.C.’s earliest pioneer communities. $24.95.

  • Nicole Bridger Emmett Top

    The Emmett Top, from Vancouver's <a href="http://nicolebridger.com/" target="_blank">Nicole Bridger</a>, is a button down denim shirt with a scooped hem and small single button cuff. In a cotton/tencel blend, it has a sheen to it that sets it above your average denim shirt. $88.

  • Alexandra Dodds Imprints Bangle

    Make a statement with this molten-metal bangle from <a href="http://alexandradodds.com/" target="_blank">Alexandra Dodds</a>' 'Not From Earth' collection. $285. Available at <a href="http://cavaliergastown.com/" target="_blank">Cavalier</a> (#217 – 207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver).

  • Bee-Lightful Worker Hive Beeswax Candles

    Adorable candles from Squamish, available in many other sizes and styles as well. $3 each. Available at <a href="http://www.homesteadersemporium.ca/" target="_blank">Homesteaders Emporium</a> (649 E. Hastings St., Vancouver).

  • Malene Grotrian Stretch Trench Coat

    The fabric breathes, it’s resilient to stain and it has a slight stretch for comfort, while it retains its shape. Because of the stretch factor, you can choose a more slim fit than a traditional trench, for a more powerful and flattering feminine look. This design works for both a fuller or narrower hip with its magical angled pocket design. From local brand <a href="http://www.malenegrotrian.com/" target="_blank">Malene Grotrian</a>. $899.

  • Zula Jewelry + Design Copper Leaf Print Earrings

    Fall may be ending soon, but these leaf print earrings by local company <a href="http://www.zulajewelry.com/" target="_blank">Zula Jewelry + Design</a> are for every season. $55. Available at <a href="http://cavaliergastown.com/" target="_blank">Cavalier</a> (#217 – 207 W. Hastings St., Vancouver).

  • Bell Jar Lamp

    The Bell Jar Lamp, crafted in Vancouver, is the perfect display for a warm-glowing edison bulb. The elegant glass dome sits on a thick carved black walnut base. A recessed ring ensures the glass dome remains in place while three embedded bumpers on the underside will keep this lamp stable on any surface. The brass light socket with rotary turn-knob flicks the light on/off while the braided cotton cord provides the power. $155. Available at <a href="http://www.oldfaithfulshop.com/" target="_blank">Old Faithful Shop</a> (320 W. Cordova St., Vancouver).

  • Leah Alexandra Liberty 4-Strand Stone Bracelet

    Four-strand bracelet with multi-pyrite and black garnet gemstones, 14k gold filled clasp by Vancouver's <a href="http://www.leahalexandra.com/" target="_blank">Leah Alexandra</a>. $189.

  • Vancity Original® Brand I Heart Vancity Women's Racer Back Tank Top

    She loves her city, right? Let her show it. $29.99. Available at <a href="http://dipt.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Dipt</a> (819 Hornby St., Vancouver).

  • Beaucoup Bakery's Candied Walnut Shortbread

    A buttery holiday treat available individually or packaged as a gift. $2.50 each or $10 for a bag of four. <a href="http://www.beaucoupbakery.com/" target="_blank">Beaucoup Bakery</a> is located at 2150 Fir St., Vancouver.

  • Adhesif Clothing Ritzgerald Dress

    From Vancouver brand <a href="http://www.adhesifclothing.com/" target="_blank">Adhesif Clothing</a> comes this adorable holiday dress with stretch velvet and a vintage crochet doily collar. Features include side pockets, side zip, elasticized waistline, and slight puff sleeve. $168.

  • Cabin + Cub Little Birds Earrings

    Earrings are made out of bamboo wood. Earring posts and butterfly backings are surgical steel. Heart dimensions: approx. 1 x 1 centimetres. Each set of earrings comes on a paper card and is shipped in a small kraft box. By Vancouver designer <a href="http://cabinandcub.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Valerie Thai</a>. $12.

  • Vancouver 1886

    Vancouver was incorporated as a city in 1886: a tiny ramshackle community consisting of wooden structures that had bloomed with the Canadian Pacific Railway's last spike. This soap replicates the smell of this new land with woodsy overtones and hints of a salt water breeze - a renewed fresh scent after a big downpour. Handmade in small batches in the Pacific Northwest. Contains olive, palm kernel, coconut, almond oils and beeswax. $7.95. Available at <a href="http://www.oldfaithfulshop.com/" target="_blank">Old Faithful Shop</a> (320 W. Cordova St., Vancouver).

  • Pip & Pin Snow White & Silver Handknit Button Cowl

    Vancouver sisters <a href="http://pipandpin.ca/" target="_blank">Katie and Megan</a> make gorgeous handknit scarves like this one. Warm, fashionable, and made with care. $50.

  • To Die For Macadamia Callebaut Chocolate Banana Bread

    Created by Vancouver's <a href="http://itstodiefor.ca/" target="_blank">Erin Ireland</a>, this delicious banana bread is made with free-range eggs, organic bananas, and olive oil. $10 per loaf.

  • Granville Island Brewing Lions Winter Ale

    Nothing says the holiday season quite like this limited-time-only beer from <a href="http://gib.ca/" target="_blank">Granville Island</a>'s brewery. (Seriously, even girls love this beer.) Six pack $14.75.

  • Smoking Lily Mariska Coat

    A cute car coat with a fun swervy zipper cover, back and elbow darts, a nice hood and side pockets. From Victoria's <a href="http://www.smokinglily.com/" target="_blank">Smoking Lily</a>. $152.

  • Ken Diamond Envelope Wallet

    Quality leather wallets designed by Vancouver's <a href="http://www.kendiamond.com/" target="_blank">Ken Diamond</a>. $58 each. Available at <a href="http://www.theblock.ca/" target="_blank">The Block</a> (350 W. Cordova St., Vancouver).

  • The Juice Truck Gift Cards

    The gift of health! Vancouver's <a href="http://thejuicetruck.ca/" target="_blank">The Juice Truck</a> gift cards are valid for the 3 Day Cleanse, the 5 Day Cleanse, and the Pick and Mix. $195, $325, $65 (promo code is given upon purchase).

  • Mona Sultan Le Carre Sheer Lavender Check Scarf

    A gorgeous, delicate, and soft scarf from Vancouver designer <a href="http://www.monasultan.com/" target="_blank">Mona Sultan</a> is the perfect winter gift. $165.

  • Beaucoup Bakery House-Made Syrups

    Choose from Vanilla or Salted Caramel – add a splash to holiday drinks! $12. <a href="http://www.beaucoupbakery.com/" target="_blank">Beaucoup Bakery</a> is located at 2150 Firs St., Vancouver.

  • BETA5 Chocolate Santa Hat Sculpture

    This <a href="http://beta5.myshopify.com/" target="_blank">BETA5</a> creation is filled with an assortment of 'pebbles' including sun-dried Okanagan cherries and milk chocolate covered Marcona almonds. $40.

  • Hold Handmade Shoreline Nesting Bowls

    These gorgeous and unique bowls are 2 3/4" - 4 1/4" diameter, 85 per cent wool, and 15 per cent mohair. Each is made by hand in Vancouver by <a href="http://www.holdhandmade.com/index.html" target="_blank">Maria Roth</a>. $18 - $26. Available at <a href="http://shop.walrushome.com/" target="_blank">Walrus</a> (3408 Cambie St., Vancouver).

  • For Him

  • Cursor & Thread Bicycle Bowtie

    Vancouver's <a href="http://www.cursorandthread.com/" target="_blank">Cursor & Thread</a> was started in the simpler times of 2011 by a pair of friendly Canadians who enjoyed men's accessories, but had a hard time finding ones they loved. Available in a variety of materials. $59. Available at <a href="http://shop.walrushome.com/" target="_blank">Walrus</a> (3408 Cambie St., Vancouver).

  • Saul Good Gift Co. Local Gourmand Gourmet Gift Basket

    Inspired by the 100-mile diet, <a href="http://www.itsaulgood.com/" target="_blank">these gift baskets</a> showcase some of BC’s best-loved artisan products. The quality, quantity and composition of these gift baskets make them ultra-easy to take home and enjoy for weeks to come. $108.

  • 'This Day In Vancouver' By Jesse Donaldson

    The City of Vancouver has been through a lot in its first 127 years. It’s a city that has played host to the likes of Mark Twain, Alice Cooper, Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Louis Armstrong, Howard Hughes, Expo ’86, and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It’s the birthplace of Canada’s first female MLA, the country’s first (and largest) clothing-optional beach, and the reason for the first nationwide prohibition legislation. It has been a hotbed of political activism, technological innovation, and bitter racial tension. It is the site of the West Coast’s first electric light, and the nation’s first female police officers, as well as home to world-renowned actors, deadly snipers, twisted serial killers, UFOs, the founders of Greenpeace, an official Town Fool, and even the headquarters for the Canadian Ku Klux Klan. <a href="http://www.anvilpress.com/Books/this-day-in-vancouver" target="_blank">$38</a>.

  • Bocci 28d Light

    This low voltage fixture results from a complex glass blowing technique, which creates a unique spherical shape with a composed collection of inner “satellites”, one of which is an opaque milk white glass bubble that houses a 20 watt xenon lamp. The 28d fixture is designed to sit on a horizontal surface (a desk, table, shelf, or even the floor). It consists of a single illuminated 28 piece wired to a flexible grey crochet memory cable. The cable is intended to be coiled into a sculptural pattern to provide a cushioned surface on which the glass sits. <a href="http://bocci.ca/" target="_blank">Designed and made in Vancouver</a>. $495.