I know I write about this every month, but I just can’t get enough of my local food swap. What’s not to love about locals gathering together to swap and share home-grown and home-made fruit, vegetables, seeds, seedlings, eggs, preserves and baked goods. Even with lower than usual attendance due to the summer holidays lull, at Sunday’s Essential Edibles food swap there were apricots, limes, oranges, broccoli, zucchinis, sweetcorn, green peppers, tomatoes, eggs, cucumbers, herbs, eggplants, plums, kaffir lime leaves, sweet potato leaves and even a delicious home-made fruit cake.
Conversations ranged from the best way to water in hot weather to how best to shade tomatoes, although our thoughts always returned to the topic on all our minds: the fires raging in the nearby Adelaide Hills. So many of us have friends and family who are affected.
If you grow any of your own produce, I highly recommend you get involved in (or start) a local food swap. If you need assistance in setting up a food swap, please contact me and I can help you.
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.