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Food Swaps in Melbourne's North-East

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Published June 17th 2015
An abundance of home grown produce, visit a food swap
If you grow local produce in your own backyards, and you have an abundance of a particular crop, food swaps are the way to go. At certain times of the year you may have a bumper crop and have exhausted all ideas to use your home grown produce. The local food swap is the place to venture to if the lemon tree is bursting with produce, or your basil is growing prolifically. A local community food swap is the perfect place to exchange your home grown veggies and fruit with other members of the community.

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Not only do food swaps give you the opportunity to exchange excess garden produce, they can also be a way in which to integrate within your local community, make new friends and discuss and help others with gardening tips.

Community food swaps revolve around the honesty system and no money is exchanged. Similar items and quantities are exchanged such as lemons being exchanged for eggs, carrots for celery.

Food swaps have gained popularity as more and more people are opting to grow some of their fresh produce needs in the backyard either to reduce costs, or ensure produce is grown organically, or as a way to educate your children. It's also a fun activity for children of all ages to contribute to.

If you live in Melbourne's northern suburbs, there are a number of different local options where you can swap your home grown goods, preserves and even recipes. A few food swaps in Melbourne's northern suburbs are detailed below.

1. Macleod Food Swap
Held on the 3rd Saturday of the month between 11am and 12noon at the Rotunda in Macleod Park, situated between Aberdeen Street and the Railway station in Macleod.

2.Eltham Food Swap
Held on the 4th Saturday of every month between 10am and 12pm with the Eltham Farmers Market and located at Eltham Town Square, Arthur Street, Eltham.

3.Hurstbridge Food Swap
Held at Allwood House at 901 Main Road Hurstbridge on the 1st Sunday of each month between 10am and 11am.

4.Diamond Creek Food Swap
Held at the Diamond Creek East Primary School located in Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek between 10am and 12pm on the 1st Saturday of each month.

5.Epping North Food Swap
The Epping North Food Swap is held on the last Sunday of each month between 10.30am and 12pm at the Creeds Farm Community Garden at 2 Snugburgh Way, Epping.

For further information visit Local Food Connect.
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Why? To exchange your locally grown fresh produce
Where: Northern suburbs
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Kelly,

Your article is now out of date in a number of respects:

1. The 'Edendale Farm Food Swap' has been moved to Eltham Farmers' Market (Eltham Town Centre, 10-18 Arthur Street, Eltham), been renamed 'Eltham Food Swap' and had its date changed to the 4th Sunday of each month, from 10-11am.

2. The Montmorency Food Swap is a bad example as it moves around. A better example would be the Macleod Food Swap, held the 3rd Saturday of every month from 11am-midday at the rotunda in Macleod Park.

3. All the food swaps are listed as having specific dates which are long in the past. It would be much better to say when in the month they are: Eltham (4th Sunday, 10-11am), Macleod (3rd Saturday, 11am-midday), Hurstbridge (1st Sunday, 10-11am), Diamond Creek (1st Saturday, 10am-midday) and Epping North (last Sunday, 10:30am-midday)

4. The correct website link iswww.localfoodconnect.org.au/food-swaps.

Guy Palmer
Local Food Connect
by Guy Palmer (score: 0|3) 1465 days ago
What an amazingly brilliant idea!
by k24sm (score: 1|22) 2053 days ago
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