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Adelaide Hills Produce Swap

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by Gill Oscar (subscribe)
'So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be'. (Tennyson)
Published February 12th 2014
Healthy food with plenty of heart
Once you've tasted produce that is fresh from the garden, it's hard to settle for food that has travelled from the other end of the state, country or world to our table. Ditto with homemade baking compared to mass-produced cardboard.

While we're spoilt for choice through our many farmer's markets, the cost of buying quality produce sure can add up. Luckily we have some dedicated foodies who have tapped into a growing global foodie trend - produce swapping. It's happening on our doorstep and we can all join in.

"Fancy a swap? Your garlic for my apple juice?"

The concept is simple. Once a week, people gather for a produce swap. They bring whatever is growing in the garden, whatever has been cooking in their kitchen and whatever craftie items they've been producing. Then they check out what other people have brought with them. At an appointed hour the swapping starts.

In Adelaide this all happens at The Locavore, 1/49 Mt Barker Rd, Stirling, on the first Saturday of each month. Rock up by 3 pm, look around to see what produce you could use, and at around 3.15 the swapping will get underway. Swapping is usually a rapid- fire exercise, so you'll have plenty of your afternoon left for other things. Best of all, you won't have spent a cent, unless you hang around for a coffee with new friends you'll make.

Friendships grow from swapping produce

What's great about a produce swap is the ideas and advice you can pick up. Perhaps someone's brought in something you've never cooked with, like quinces or an unusual herb. Chances are that they also have the perfect quince jelly or herb salad recipe.

What gets swapped will depend on what's seasonal of course. Expect fruit and veg ranging from root veg to salad greens, and from citrus to stone fruit. There are generally plenty of herbs to use fresh or dry our for later. A great feature is a seed bank to help you plant an heirloom vegie plot. Maybe people will bring cut flowers or seedling they have raised, fresh eggs or honey from their hives. Plus there may be an assortment of homemade goods, whether foodstuffs or non-edibles.

The Produce Swap Seed Bank

Grown from Produce Swap seed

If you don't have a garden and you'd like to be a swapper, take some home made jams, chutneys, slices - any of your family favourites. After your first visit, you may well be able to recycle some of what you collect into goods to trade the following month. If you are bringing baked goods or preserves, do make sure that you list all of the ingredients: that is the only 'rule' of the Produce Swap, and it's for good reason in this age of allergies and food intolerances.

The Adelaide Hills Produce Swap, is a relatively new undertaking, in just its second year, and long may it live. There are no memberships required, just bring something to swap. As the organisers say, bring your spirit of generosity and community, plus a big bag to carry off your booty.

You can't sawp your children... but they'll get a kick out of swapping produce'.
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Why? Eat fresh local food, save money, reduce food miles and exchange growing and cooking knowledge with new friends
When: 1st Saturday of each month from 1 February 2014
Phone: For more information contact Lulu Coburn on 0412 563 599
Where: The Locavore, 49 Mt Barker Rd Stirling
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a good idea, especially when it comes to jam and chutney. Since it is made in big batches, you end up with far more than you need, so it is great swap.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2647 days ago
Really useful for when you're overrun with produce like zucchinis.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2643 days ago
There's also one at Green Room on High Street Willunga every fortnight :)
by louis (score: 0|2) 2640 days ago
There is also a food swap at Croydon
by toodl (score: 1|75) 2638 days ago
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