Food swap could start trend

BAKERS and gardeners can join in with the first food swap at the Dean Court Community Centre in Botley.

Organisers of Apples for Eggs, Fiona and Kirstie Wheeler, hope to make Saturday’s event a regular occurence.

The food swap will see bakers, picklers, jam-makers, foragers, bee-keepers and volunteers exchange their products for free with other home producers.

It will run from 10am to noon at the centre in Pinnocks Way.

Apples for Eggs food swaps first took place in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, in 2011, when co-founder Vicky Swift found herself with a glut of allotment produce and decided to set up a face-to-face swapping event. The group has since organised swaps in York, Ormskirk, Henley, Brampton and Stoke.

Ms Swift said: “There’s something incredibly connecting about exchanging home-made food with the person standing in front of you.

“There’s eye contact and chat which resonates in the weeks and months following as you enjoy that food, a sense of shared trust and respect for the products you’ve exchanged and the efforts that went into producing them.

“We wish the food swappers of Oxford all the best for their first event.”

To register, visit applesforeggs.com

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