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Making It in San Diego: Swapping produce to save money

Posted: 12:02 PM, Jul 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-08 21:20:03-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - It looks like a mini farmer's market: fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, even flowers.

All of it coming from home gardens like Rosemary McElroy's. She and her fiancé Kevin Rookey love having fresh produce in their own backyard but, "we realized everyone has way more produce when you grow it than you can actually consume."

The couple posted on the Nextdoor App, thinking maybe other neighbors wanted to trade.

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The response was so overwhelming, McElroy decided to organize a meet-up.

"This is around Lake Murray, let's host it at Lake Murray, we'll call it Lake Murray Produce just to give it a name," said McElroy.

So far they've done three swaps, once a month for about an hour. Each time more and more people show up, able to walk away with organic produce for free and make sure nothing goes to waste.

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"When you have 500 oranges on a tree and you're not eating THem you feel guilt, right? So I think it’s about relieving guilt, too," said McElroy.

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