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Apples for Eggs food swap event returns
HUNDREDS of people in York are turning to growing their own greens and swapping produce at special events to save cash.
Residents of the city, which has more than 1,000 allotment plots, have been growing more of their own food and swapping it with others to create a unique way of promoting a more sustainable and purse friendly way of food shopping.
Apples for Eggs food swaps see homemade produce such as jams, pickles, breads, eggs and cakes, swapped with other homemade goods which someone else has made.
Sue Jewitt, organiser of Apples of Eggs events, said: “We’ve had a great response to food swapping here in York with the swaps being well supported.
“Food swapping appeals to a broad range of people. We see allotment holders, young families, students, foragers, experienced bread makers and chicken keepers as well as first time jam makers.
“We also had an former beekeeper who turned up with an abundance of brand new honey jars which were snapped up by keen preservers.”
Ambience Café Bar in Gillygate, has held three food swaps and will hold the next one on Saturday, September 21, at 5.30pm.
Manager Guy Whapples said: “It is great that people grow their own produce and it should definitely be encouraged.
“It is bringing a community together and gives people a way of not wasting excess produce.
“This is the fourth swap we have held now and we sold out on the last one. We get a real variety, from people that bake their own bread to people who brew their own beer.”
The food swaps ensure any surplus does not go to waste and enables lovers of home grown goods to save money in the process.
To register for the event visit applesforeggs.com
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