WHAT: If you're a farm-to-table foodie, FarmStarLiving.com and its free app are for you. They offer a directory of U.S. restaurants that serve food from local farmers. You can also search for farms that are open to the public and offer hayrides, mazes, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfasts, you-pick-it orchards and much more.
HITS: I loved the "Farm Fun" section of the website, where you can search for overnight farm 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. Or maybe you want to visit a reindeer farm in Alaska?
MISSES: 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. So while I was thrilled to find the website, I won't keep the app on my phone.
-- Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times