Monday, July 18, 2011

Get ready to swap your crops!

Thanks to one of our dedicated, hardworking committee's, the first ever Rose Park Crop Swap has prepared itself for a solid rookie year.

For those who may not know what we're talking about, the Crop Swap is a new idea that spawned from our efforts to start a farmers market right here in Rose Park. The feedback we received was very positive but insightful as well. Folks here are so kind that the idea of selling the fruits of their gardens was a bit foreign, when they usually just give them away to neighbors and friends. So we went back to the drawing board, re-tooled the idea, and wallah, the Crop Swap idea was born.

The concept is pretty simple really. Who wouldn't like a few more Armenian Cucumbers or a burgeoning Brandywine beefsteak tomato every now and then? Who has a pear tree that wouldn't mind trading a few pears for a bushel of apples?

And the best part? No money is exchanged. That's right, it's all free.

Now I know you're all waiting for me to say, "but wait" or to throw in some kind of limited time offer that requires you to pay $879 in postage and handling, but you'll be waiting for a long while. That being said, we do have a few rules as to how this event will be governed.

The Crop Swap is located at Steenblik Park on 800 North and goes from 6:30-8:30 on August 11th and August 25th. Additional dates may be added if the need arises.

Home grown only. (Please do not bring purchased fruits and veggies unless you intend to donate them to the "free for all" which occurs at 8:00pm)

Bring a box, take a box. Please do not take any more than you have brought. There will be Rose Park Revival Coalition members in nifty Crop Swap T-shirts helping to organize the event. If you have any questions, track one of them down.

At 8:00pm the Free For All" Begins. We want everyone to have access to the fresh fruits and veggies grown here in Rose Park, even those without gardens who are unable to contribute. So we've created the "free for all" which starts at 8pm and goes until its gone. That way, everyone can have a chance to share in the harvest!

Become a friend of the Rose Park Crop Swap on Facebook and receive additional updates and information on how you can participate and get involved. Pass the word along to all of your friends and neighbors! The more farmers we get, the better it will be!