Springvale swapping fresh food ideas

DECEMBER marked the final food swap meet in 2013 for home food growers in the Springvale area, just outside Bega. 

The group began regular food swaps in 2013 as a way of sharing and exchanging excess crops from the home garden so waste is minimised and also to increase the diversity available for everyone’s table. 

Generally it is fresh fruit and vegetables picked straight from the garden that makes it way to the common table. 

However, more and more members are value adding to their produce. 

Homemade jams, sauces and other preserves will also be tabled and these are very much sought after as many members have talents in the kitchen too. 

In some cases, the more enterprising members are turning their hand to food from their farm animals too. 

In addition to the obvious poultry eggs, home-cured meats have been arriving that more than rival tastes from commercial products out of the deli. 

Group organiser Linda McMurray said it’s also a way of sharing tips and hints on how to get the most out of members’ gardens because there is so much common ground - excuse the pun - with everyone living in the same locality. 

The exchange of information usually comes out over coffee and tea during the get-togethers, which are held every four to six weeks and rotate among the various members’ properties. 

If you live in the Springvale area and are interested in exchanging some of your excess home produce then drop Linda McMurray a line on paullinda187@gmail.com for details on the next swap meeting.   

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