GOT a backyard full of lemons from a tree that’s brimming with fruit? Why not swap it for something you need?
The Ballarat Local Produce Swap celebrated its first birthday at the weekend, as the community got together to trade excess produce and appreciate locally grown food.
Held on the first Saturday of each month at the Ballarat Community Garden, the event regularly attracts a crowd of up to 40 people keen to trade food and other items.
BREAZE Local Food Group co-ordinator Jane Nield said the event had become a way for people to meet each other over a shared love of produce.
She said it wasn’t just food that was traded; keen swappers also brought everything from empty jars to worms.
“We thought it would be a great way of getting people together and make use of stuff that otherwise gets dumped in the bin,” she said.
“It’s become more of a social event rather than all about the actual produce.”
Ms Nield said it wasn’t necessary for those attending to bring something to swap, with some excess produce available for a donation to the Ballarat Community Garden.