How to Start a Food Swap

July 4, 2016 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

Close up of woman holding cherry tomatoes

Close up of woman holding cherry tomatoes

Want to start a food swap?

Or perhaps the better question would be “What exactly is a food swap?”

Food swaps are are a trend that is growing like crazy not only in Europe but in the U.S. as well.  A food swap is exactly what it sounds like — a group of people swapping food! Generally speaking these people gather together every month or so and to swap homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods.  Every food that we can eat that is homegrown or homemade keeps more trucks off the roads to deliver foods from faraway places. Local foods are better for our bodies, better for our communities, and they help us keep the planet healthier too.

Based on the age old barter system, attendees make direct trades with each other for items they don’t make or have or items they may want to try.  For example, let’s say you bake amazing bread but don’t can and another member of your swap group does loads of homemade canned goods but doesn’t bake.  That’s a food swap in the making – a loaf of homemade bread for some great canned veggies.

Read How to Start a Food Swap by Susie Lyons at


Entry filed under: Community, Food, Health/Wellness, How-To.

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