Food Swaps:  A food swap is a recurring event where members of a local community share excess homemade and homegrown foods and gardening items with each other. This may include herbs, vegetables, fruit, garden seedlings and cuttings, compost, kombucha scobies, and can extend to gardening tips, labour, stories and recipes. Usually no money exchanges hands and it relies on the honesty of swappers making exchanges which fairly reflect the inherent value placed on the items.
Farmers Markets: These enable people, particularly those living in urban areas, to reconnect with the source of their food – the farmer.  Farmers markets enable farmers to sell directly to their customers, and customers have the opportunity to talk to farmers about where their food has come from and the conditions under which it has been raised or grown.
See the List of Food Swaps and Farmers Markets in Darebin and surrounds.
Sprout app: Designed by a 21-year-old from Melbourne, Sprout is a new iPhone app which helps you buy, swap and sell backyard produce with your neighbours.  Sprout users pin their location and create a profile to list the produce they have available. You can filter items by type (the categories are fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, animal products and herbs) and refine your search to free or for-sale items, as well as ripe or growing items.
To download the app: https://www.sprout-ios.com/

3 Comments on “What are Food Swaps & Farmers Markets?”

    1. Hi Blair,

      I just noticed this. Transition Darebin has a monthly food swap on the 2nd Saturday of the month. 11am til 12 noon at 251 High St Northcote in the side garden. Hope to see you next month. A Reservoir Food Swap is currently being considered.
      Cheers, Sheryl Bryce for TD Darebin

  1. Transition Darebin now supports 4 food swaps in Darebin:

    – second Saturday, 11-12 noon next to Northcote Library in the community garden, Separation St. Northcote
    – third Saturday, 10am-11am Reservoir outside the Library on Edwardes St
    – third Saturday, 11-12 noon Fairfield, outside the St Andrews Church cnr Duncan St and Gillies St.
    – fourth Saturday, 11-12 noon Thornbury/Preston, in forecourt of Thornbury Picture House, cnr Penders & High Sts

    Drop in with any excess fruit, veggies, seedlings, seeds, homemade jams, preserves you might have and swap them with others who have homegrown produce they want to swap.
    http://www.transitiondarebin.org.au

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