Marinites all over the county are coming together weekly to exchange fruits, vegetables, seedlings, seeds, eggs, etc., from their own gardens. There are now six weekly exchanges from Homestead Valley to Novato, with one new exchange launching in Tam Junction and another in the formation stages in Corte Madera. The non-profit that supports these efforts, Marin Open Garden Project (MOGP), is available to help you if you’d like to start one in your neighborhood.
The Saturday veggie exchanges are not like a farmers market. They’re much smaller and there may be only one or two other gardeners there at a time with a bag or two of produce. But, if you stay for a while, others will come and you’ll see a wonderful variety of garden vegetables, such as chard and lettuces, as well as fruits such as apples, grapefruit and lemons.
Also, you don’t have to be a producer to participate in the exchanges. Everyone is welcome to come down and visit with their neighbors and see what’s being exchanged, and learn how to get more involved. There’s always a MOGP volunteer at the exchange to provide information and “man” the station, so to speak. If you want to get started with a micro-garden (a 4′ square raised bed) yourself, MOGP will actually bring materials, volunteers and know-how and build you one in your yard at cost. Now how can you possibly turn that down?
Weekly Locations/Times: MOGP Exchange Flyer
MOGP Phone: 415.419.4941