In the world of Adelaide food swaps, November is an in-between month. Winter crops such as citrus and leafy greens are just about finished, but summer crops like tomatoes, zucchinis and stone fruit are not yet available.
Given seasonal limitations and an exceptionally dry spring so far, I was amazed and impressed by the contributions at my local food swap last weekend. In addition to the broad beans, eggs and kale that I took along, we swapped and shared mulberries, loquats, rhubarb, lemons, grapefruit, water kefir in several flavours, flowers, warrigal greens, herbs, seedlings, seeds, and even a bottle of South Australian red provided by our local member of parliament.
I came home with Christine’s mulberries and flowers, Maureen’s rhubarb and the bottle of red.
I’ll take the red to next month’s end-of-year food swap/celebration — if it lasts that long!
How to find a local food swap
- If you live in South Australia, Zero Waste SA’s ShareNSave website is a great place to start.
- Elsewhere in Australia you could try the Local Harvest website, which lists some food swaps.
- Internationally, the Food Swap Network is a great resource.
Other places to try include community gardens, your local council, environmental groups and your local paper.