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Your article is now out of date in a number of respects: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