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?

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