Raiding your neighbour's veggie patch has never been so easy
Why buy fruit and veggies that are imported from overseas when you could get them from a backyard in Melbourne?
Your neighbouring suburbs could become your own local food bowl thanks to Ripe Near Me.
The website connects people to fresh produce within their area, whether you are in St Kilda and looking for bay leaves, live in Footscray and are in need of some extra herbs or are from Altona North and want to find someone to take your chicken's excess eggs off your hands.
Melbourne has a huge variety of fresh produce available at different times of the year - you might be surprised at what you find people grow.
Once you create an account or log in via one of your social media profiles, you can either let people know about the produce you have to offer, or search for what's in your area.
After entering your postcode, a map will show icons of different items available, where they are located, whether they are currently ripe or still growing and if they are a free or if a price is charged.
Each listing is unique, so one person might have bags of lemons for you to collect from them, while others might invite you over, point you in the direction of their mulberry tree and wish you luck. So what are you waiting for? Get foraging!
What a fantastic idea. I lived in a country town when I was young and people were laways swapping surplus veggies and fruit from their own gardens. Ripe Near Me goes a long way to reintroducing this county sense of community in a large city. Hats off to whoever set this up.