food swap in our lovely bega valley

This March we went to our first Food Swap in our lovely Bega Valley.

Have you ever heard of a Food Swap?

Well, I hadn’t until only a little while ago when my neighbours shared that they would be holding one at their place in March and could we make it? So much fun!

food swap in our lovely bega valley

So what is a Food Swap?

Food Swap’s are about local communities and  neighbourhoods getting together around a cuppa and a yummy nibbly morsel, to share their foodie goods with one another and talk gardening and farming and homey things. It’s a chance to meet new people, bond with your neighbours and share in the abundance that is life with a vegie garden or chooks or bees or whatever it is you do with your nest {food wise,that is}.

food swap in our lovely bega valley

So you turn up with a bundle of lovely bits and pieces to share. Generally it’s the excess that you have in the veggie garden. You know those 500 cucumbers that you don’t know what to do with at the end of the season? Though anything at all is good. You pop it on the share table. Everyone else does the same. Then it’s cuppa and chat time. Next there’s a bit of a spiel about what Food Swaps are all about and who would like to host the next one and that kind of houeskeeping detail. And then it’s time to start swapping. Well, taking, really.

 

At first it’s a little awkward. It’s so much easier to give than take, don’t you think? People tended to start off slowly at this first Food Swap of ours. Everyone is extremely polite. Apparently not all Food Swaps are as sedate and polite. I’m guessing that the more comfortable people are with one another the less likely they are going to be worrying about stepping on someone’s toes as they race to the table to grab the last of the garlic. The more inclined they’ll be to tug a little harder on the end of that silver beet, knowing that the strongest always wins the vegetable tug of war. Such fun.

And that’s pretty much it. You turn up with a basket of goodies to give and you leave with an even bigger basket of goodies to have. What a wonderful thing to be a part of. At first I was really worried that I wouldn’t have anything to share, having a very new and minimal garden right now. But in the end I did manage to rustle up some produce which meant I could turn up without feeling like the taker of the group:)

 

food swap in our lovely bega valley

I had some seedlings to share, beetroot leaves and coriander bunches. Next time I hope to have lots more. Other people shared honey, pickles, silver beet, apples, potatoes, seedlings, squash, bacon, grapes, peaches, pears, herbs, kale, eggs, tomatoes, rhubarb, jam, beans, swedes … what have I missed? There was SO much. An abundance of beautifully grown local produce.

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As well as food swapping we also had some yummy morning tea and lots of time to chat and share with some really
lovely people. We met new neighbours and got to know more about our local stomping ground.

 

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I left my neighbour’s house with a bigger  skip in my step and a smile on my dial. Gardening people. They are nice people. Local people. Country people. I likey.

So, Food Swaps – have you ever been to one? If not, do you think you would?

 

Kim x