2016 Crop Swap season has begun with new day, new time

The bounty of the area can be found at Crop Swap a place where neighbors come together to share. Courtesy Photo
The bounty of the area can be found at Crop Swap a place where neighbors come together to share. Courtesy Photo

The first Crop Swap of the year was held Saturday, June 4, and was coupled with a Poultry Jubilee in Minor Park in the heart of Anza Township.

Crop Swap will be meeting at a new day and time this year, meeting under the gazebo on Saturdays with sign-ups beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to be on time, as the swap begins at 11:15.

The bounty of the area can be found at Crop Swap, a place where neighbors come together to share. To participate in the Crop Swap, according to organizer Annika Knoppel, “you must bring fresh, homegrown, pesticide-free produce, preserved foods, eggs, honey or fresh home-baked goods from your kitchen or garden. Organic and non-GMO crops encouraged. Garden or kitchen related items welcome (egg cartons, mason jars, compost and more).”

According to Knoppel, the event is not a one for one trade, all things are given freely and taken freely. Participants are very generous and very fair. Items will be weighed in or counted for record keeping purposes. Bring your own grocery bag or basket. No cash, as no items may be sold or reserved.

“To get started, each person at the swap is handed a playing card, and beginning with the aces, swappers choose whichever item they like,” she explained. “Once each person gets a turn, the rest is up for grabs, though people don’t grab. They peruse and chat, gardening advice and recipes are enthusiastically exchanged.”

For more information, contact Annika Knoppel by phone at (951) 234-1314 or email at aknoppel@gmail.com.

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