Too Much Produce? Trade It in or Donate!

by heather

1370060Yep, it’s that time of year.  The time of year when you’re begging your neighbors to take baskets of your garden tomatoes, and you’re pawning off squash to anyone extending a willing hand.

It’s the season of bountiful gardens and excess produce.

If you’re like many people then you’re probably up to your ears in squash, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, and melons right now.  Which is a good thing.

But let’s face it: we can only eat so much zucchini bread before we fall over, right?

So what can we do with the excess? Well, we can trade it!

Trade Produce With Veggie Trader

I planted a lot of tomatoes this year.  And you know what? I sure wish I could trade some of them for some squash or zucchini to throw on the grill.

Veggie Trader allows you to trade produce...

Veggie Trader allows you to trade produce...

Well thanks to Veggie Trader, I can!

Veggie Trader is a site that puts gardeners in touch with other gardeners in their community.  The whole purpose is to trade or sell excess produce.

So if you’ve got a billion baskets of corn and want some plums instead, you can trade with another member of Veggie Trader.  If you have radishes coming out your ears and would love an armful of carrots, then Veggie Trader can help you find someone willing to make the trade.

And you don’t have to be a big time farmer to use Veggie Trader.  Even small hobby gardeners like me can trade on the site.

The best part? It’s absolutely free.

Donate Fresh Produce

You can also donate your fresh produce to your local food bank.  This is a great way to share your excess with others who really need it, and get a tax deduction at the same time.

Almost all food pantries and soup kitchens will take fresh produce, so give them a call to see what they need!

Last Word…

Do you have some tricks for dealing with too much produce? If so, send ’em in!

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Diane August 11, 2009 at 11:45 am

Great post and link! We have very few people who can plant gardens where we live because of water allocation and desert sand. However, the Mojave Indian Reservation near us, does offer to trade – and they don’t need the produce, but they like other items so we can ‘barter’……

If one can offer their computer time on the I-net to someone who doesn’t have a computer but lots of zucchini, then a trade can be made. Our neighbor trades her sewing services for fresh produce. Another cleans houses and takes part of her pay in fresh produce.

As a farm-kid, this trading of produce; eggs, live-stock and services was part of the common way of living – I love it, and hope everyone is taking advantage of the opportunity.

Wish I lived closer to you; I’d be buying up some of those tomatoes!

fern August 11, 2009 at 11:58 am

No one is doing well with tomatoes this y ear, due to the blight.

heather August 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm

@Diane- that’s a great idea to trade produce for other skills!

@Fern- I didn’t get blight on my tomatoes (at least, I don’t think I did!) but it seems to be a bad year for corn here in Michigan. All the corn I’ve bought from the Farmer’s Market has been very bland. Last year it was almost like dessert it was so sweet!

Kate August 12, 2009 at 10:25 am

Another site is Neighborhood Fruit (
You can find and share fruit from your back yard.

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