Christmas swapping instead of shopping offers big variety

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 20/12/2013

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People across Taranaki have been busy making and baking for a Christmas swap meet.

Franziska Von Hunerbein is the organiser of this weekend's Big Christmas Crop Swap, an open event where people meet and exchange produce with others.

She said the event meant people could hunt out items they wanted to gift for Christmas.

"I often read that people spend too much money buying Christmas presents, but this helps people to remember that you can make so many things for presents that are not expensive," she said.

All produce at the crop swap had to be homemade or homegrown and Mrs Von Hunerbein said people couldn't just buy a crate of cabbage from a vegetable shop and come along.

"We all bring lovely homemade or homegrown produce turned into presents that we then swap to have a great variety of different gifts. The idea behind it is we will do Christmas swapping instead of shopping, " she said.

There are usually about 25 tables of goods at the swap meets, which are filled with fresh produce, muffins, chutneys and flowers.

Mrs Von Hunerbein will be taking along a collection of her homemade treats tomorrow, including muesli, herbal salt, bread, vegetables and flowers.

Although she was curious to see what other people brought, she said what she really liked about the crop swaps was the atmosphere. "And for me it is the fun of preparing my things. It makes me happy to share."

Anyone is welcome to bring their homegrown or homemade produce to the event tomorrow at 4pm at the Merrilands Domain Hall.

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