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Trend Alert: Food-Swapping Groups

A while back, we talked about the rise of pickling and canning at home. But what happens once you've filled your pantry with homemade pickled watermelon rinds and apricot jam? Our friends across the pond have come up with a smart solution: organizing food exchanges.

London social enterprise group Growing Communities started the Good Food Swap, a popular event in which people bring items they've grown, foraged, or produced, and barter it for something else. Another unlikely participant in the food swaps are the local pubs. Sometimes it's even feasible to barter Sunday's catch at the lake for pints of beer.

The trend hasn't yet proliferated stateside, although certain food bloggers have also organized exchanges of local products such as preserves and honey. The concept definitely has appeal, given the rising prices of food. Everyone comes into the swap with a surplus of something, and leaves the exchange with a variety of edibles at no extra cost. I personally love the idea and think it's a win-win scenario. What do you think of the trend, and could you see it making headway in the US? Would you ever organize a food swap?


ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i have to say that this is something that we really should look to start here in the states. my mom has a huge veggie garden and there are sometimes too many things for us to eat alone and we've started to share with ppl on our street but it's still not what we'd like. i think that if there was an organized swap in the area that would make it soo much better since we could share our goods with the group and get some new and great things to try. anyone in northern NJ?
soapbox soapbox 9 years
This is just so cool! I don't know how to make jams yet, but I guess my fruit pies would suffice for this.
photodee photodee 9 years
I think this is great! Fall is the perfect time for apple butter and jams - I already emailed my mom & sister about this!!!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
I think it's a GREAT idea.
shelleymonster shelleymonster 9 years
It's not quite the same thing, but every year for almost 30 years my mom has participated in a Christmas goodie swap. Everyone brings enough homemade Christmas goodies for everyone attending (about 15 people) and they have lunch, swap food, and everyone goes home with great sweets and snacks to enjoy the weeks before Christmas.
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