As the Autumnal Equinox is upon us today (equal day and night), I thought I would let you know what we have been up to regarding home grown food
On Saturday, the Melton Sustainable Living Group had its monthly meeting, which also included a workshop about container gardening for renters, and the yearly harvest festival. All members were encouraged to bring along stuff they have grown, preserved or made to swap or sell. I took along this basket of goodies.
It contained 2 dozen home laid eggs, a jar of cherry jam, a jar of feijoa jam, some eggplants, a bunch of spring onions, two bags of grated Parmesan cheese, and 200gms of Komijnekass. On the way past the garden I threw in 5 green and yellow capsicums (peppers), which filled up the basket.
Suffice to say, the meeting/workshop/harvest festival was good fun, and our friend Stacey put on a great workshop. Once it was time for tea and scones, the food swap started. The eggs and cheese when straight away, as did the cherry jam. I ended selling most of it, but swapped the spring onions for some ying & yang bean seeds, and the feijoa jam for a jar of plum jam.
Kim bought some tomato relish, and got given some bunches of herbs for drying (marjoram, rosemary, thyme).
I also learnt that there is a monthly food swap occurring not far from Melton, just down the road in Bacchus Marsh. I am going to look them up when I have a glut that I cannot get rid of.
Do any of you participate in Harvest festivals or food swaps in your local area? I am trying to gauge if this practice is growing at the grass roots level (pardon the pun). It would be nice if I could get a monthly event off the ground in our town to share the bounty of backyard food.