Free event for home growers promises new friends and free produce
The Monrovia Produce Exchange is a free event where you bring the homegrown goods you have and trade with your neighbors and community members. The event is open to everyone and is a chance to meet your neighbors, make some new friends and head home with a bag of free produce, herbs and flowers.
For those looking to become involved, the monthly event’s organizers have a few suggestions. First off, grow. Many people have unused land around their home where they could be growing vegetables or herbs. For those with limited space, MPE organizers recommend using planters or asking a neighbor if you can borrow space in which to grow. If you can’t think of anyone, they can even help set up relationships between neighbors.
Once you’ve got some homegrown goods of your own, you’re ready to join in on the action. On the first Saturday of each month, growers from around the area congregate with their goods, laying them out for others to take whilst filling their bags with produce from other growers. Organizers also note that if any participants need help transporting their produce to and from the event, there is help available, and they urge anyone with special needs to give them a call.
The Monrovia Produce Exchange takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month from 8 to 11 a.m. in the basement of United Methodist Church, located at 140 East Palm Avenue, Monrovia.
For more information, interested growers and would-be growers can contact Heather at MonroviaTrades@yahoo.com. You can also find our group “The Produce Exchange” on Facebook and Myspace.