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Local food swap about more than trading
Written by Lauren Lang

DENVER - If it can be grown, cooked or brewed it can be swapped.

That's the idea behind the Mile High Swappers.

The swappers gather once a month to trade locally produced food stuffs for other homegrown or cooked products with no money exchanged.

The swap itself works kind of like a silent auction.

Bidders make an offer on a bid sheet, offering a loaf of bread in exchange for a jar of jelly for example, and then haggle it out after all the bids are in deciding which offer is most appealing and finally make the exchange.

Founder Eve Oreinstein says she was inspired to found Mile High Swappers after hearing about similar groups in other areas of the country, and says the goal of the food swap is to create a sense of community while getting people to expand their culinary horizons.

"The kitchen challenges are really exciting," Oreinstein told 9NEWS. "I love trying new things and experimenting and bringing my game up a little bit. But I think that it's really meeting the people and getting to know people who are interested in similar things and finding them connecting with each other. I think it's just really cool to build that community."

The next swap is taking place at the West Washington Park Community Garden in Denver from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9. However, there are other swaps scheduled across the Front Range including several in Fort Collins and Boulder throughout the fall.

It is free to participate but tickets are required. To see a schedule of events or register to swap, visit the Mile High Swapper's website at  

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