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Published February 8th 2016
Many Locations Across Melbourne To Trade Organic Free Items
Would you like to get all of your groceries for free, perhaps you may like to meet like minded people, organic food, or just love the sense of community sharing. If so, then a local food swap might be just the thing that you are looking for.
Some of the goodies from a local food swap *Image Lesley Mitchell
Many people think that local food swaps are not the thing for them as they are not farmers and do not possess a large quantity of excess home grown produce. Yet they may be pleasantly surprised to discover that they need relatively small amounts of supplies to be eligible for a local food swap.
A couple of years ago, I decided to go along and try it out for myself and see if it was all that they talked about. To my delight the people there were absolutely lovely and welcoming.
Initially I thought that I did not have very much to swap however I did have a lemon tree that had an excess of fruit, rose bushes that would blooming at the time and a wild rocket patch that had gone a little bit feral with produce.
I spent a couple of hours in the late afternoon gathering things and tying them together in bundles, the roses were put into smaller bunches and tied up with a piece of string and sat in a bucket of water until the next morning.
Early in the morning my daughter and I set off with our boot filled with these, not knowing if anybody would want to swap lemons, roses and wild rocket for anything else.
We arrived somewhat apprehensively and walked up to our designated point. We were immediately welcome to buy the local people and to my delight they were thrilled to receive bunches of roses in exchange for all sorts of produce that I thought was amazing.
My arms filled up with exotic delight and I was absolutely thrilled.
Some of the items that people brought along included home grown produce, vegetable and flower seedlings, recipes, jams and preserves.
I drove home with a boot full of organic asparagus, a large jar of pickled olives, apples and some zucchinis and thought, perhaps this week if your garden was not overflowing with vegetables - you might spend some time on the computer creating a whole lot of recipes, perhaps you have hens and you have an excess of eggs and one gentleman brought along what was called worm juice, which was the liquid fertiliser that he has taken from his composting that was snaffled up extremely quickly by keen gardeners.
I was amazed by the sense of community and sharing that took place and would encourage you to go along, take something from your heart and your home and share with these great people.
I have attached an image here of some local food swaps that are in the Eltham / Diamond creek and Hurstbridge areas, but you can simply google local food swaps in your area to find what is happening near you.
Warrandyte Local Food Swap meets on the 1st Saturday of the month, behind the Warrandyte Police Station from 9-10am.
Click here for my recent experience at the Warrandyte Local Food Swap.
It was a lovely morning, a great weekend and a wonderful way to receive organic home grown produce in the true sense of community sharing.
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