Food Swap: Now here’s a great idea

Willoughby's first community food swap

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Are you a keen local gardener who has excess produce and you don’t know what to do with it?

How about donating it at a community food swap and picking up some other produce in return? You may end up with tasty ideas to expand your patch by taking away a delicious fruit or vegetable you haven’t tried before.

The food swap idea originates from America, where they are recurring events where members of a community share homemade, homegrown or foraged foods with each other. The Food Swap in Willoughby will concentrate on homegrown garden produce.

Swaps often allow direct trades to take place between attendees, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. Swap events often include a potluck as an immediate food-sharing (and sometimes item-sampling) component. These events are a delicious way to diversify the homemade foods in your own pantry while getting to know members of your local food community.

The Food Swap in Willoughby is also a great opportunity to swap tips with other local backyard green thumbs. Blend Café will be open on the day, with delicious fair trade coffee and nutritious snacks available for purchase.

If you have produce to donate or are interested in finding out more, call Tejinder Gill on 9777 7730 or

Please note that this event will be run as a trial to gauge the level of interest.

Address: The Blend Cafe, The Dougherty Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood

When: Friday 5th February from 9:30am – 11:30am

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