Ever buy a boatload of veggies only to realize you can't possibly eat all those turnips by the week's end? Those of you who participate in CSAs probably know all too well what it's like making your way through a bushel of green beans when that's all the latest crop produces.
Now there's Veggie Trader, a currently free social networking site that allows folks to trade their bushel of peas for a bushel of zucchini. (You do have to register to use the site.) You search listings for the veggies you need, and find someone who wants what you're holding. You can input how many miles you're willing to travel, and the rest is up to fennel-fate.
Using Veggie Trader is free and easy. It works like classified advertising. You post a listing describing the excess produce you have and what you'd like in return, and then you wait for a response....
Or if you're looking for local produce, you simply enter your zipcode and see what your neighbors have available. You can also post specific produce you're looking for in our Wanted section and see which of your neighbors answers your request.
It was started in Portland, so right now, there's nothing within so much as 100 miles near us on the site. But letting folks know is the surest way to get this thing going, right? One or two posts is all it would take to kick it off. And what better way to actually start meeting people just like you? Who knows? Maybe you'll fall in love over a surplus of summer squash.