Thursday, April 2, 2009

Keep your eye on Veggie Trader

If you grow tomatoes or zucchini, there's a good chance that at some point in August you're going to have more than you can eat. I think it was in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle that Barbara Kingsolver wrote about a certain point every summer when neighbors started to lock their house doors and car doors, because if they didn't, others would open the doors and place bags of zucchini inside. Heck, last summer, my basil was so plentiful that I was taking basil bouquets to friends' houses.

A website recently launched, Veggie Trader, that allows people to buy, sell, or trade local produce. It's simple. You sign up for free. When you have an abundance of produce that you want to find a home for, you post it on veggie trader and offer to sell or trade it. You can also view what other people are selling or trading even if you don't have anything to get rid of.

Of course, the success of Veggie Trader in our region will depend on how many people in our region are willing to sign up and use the website. So keep your eye on it as the growing and harvesting season comes into full swing. It may be a way for some of us with an abundance in our gardens to make sure it doesn't go to waste.

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