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Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012 - Urban Scout Handbook

Swapping your homegrown goods

Food swaps are the new grocery store

By Alex Zaragoza
eggplant Swap your home grown veggies. This eggplant wants a new home.
- Alex Zaragoza

Urban Scout is usually a space for cute home decor, funky earrings and the like. But if you're anything like me, a big chunk of your paycheck goes more towards the things that don't look adorable with platform sandals—groceries. While these things aren't fun to buy, they keep us alive and healthy, so I'll make an exception.

Growing fruits and veggies at home has become hugely popular in the last few years, and there's good reason for it. You know exactly what's going into the food since you grew it yourself in your back yard and home-grown food tastes amazing. Seriously, have you tried a tomato picked right off the vine? It's the most delicious thing ever.

For the urban gardeners that grow on a small scale but were gifted by the growing gods with a huge harvest, there are food swaps. At these events, growers can bring all the extra veggies they produced and trade them for other people's yummy goods. It's not limited to fruit and veggies, though. Bee keepers bring honey from their home hives and fresh eggs from people's backyard chicken coops are also available to swap.

The best thing is that you're not spending a dime at the market. It's simple trading, just like they did in the Wild West. Maybe you can grab a drink with Miss Kitty at the saloon with all that money you saved.

Check out Art Produce Gallery's (3139 University Ave., North Park) Food Swap at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 19, to exchange your goods. Kicking it up a notch is San Diego Food Swaps' upcoming exchange, which will also feature a salsa-thon. That happens from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Ocean Beach Woman's Club (2160 Bacon St.). You can swap your garden goodies for free, or pay $10 to participate in a salsa contest. A local chef will pick the winner, who gets a cash prize. You can then reign as lord of the salsa.

 
 
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