I would like to establish a functional local network that allows for a less than traditional style farmers market, or a system that allows others to exchange what they produce. For example, trading homemade pickles for homemade pasta sauce, fresh eggs, basil, lettuce, canned goods, honey, etc. Since the neighborhood I am in is suburban, many people grow food, but there is no focus on specialization, etc. Most just grow basic vegetables and herbs and everyone's gardens bear similar items.
This would have been very helpful last July when I got about two dozen zucchinis in a matter of weeks. See before and after pictures of the zucchini plant. Community Gardens could be a good starting venue for an exchange, especially during the peak harvest months.
Towards this overall goal, I realized that a generic garden production wouldn't be very helpful when "bringing something to the table". To that end, I am using the new built pergola (see different post on that) to grow wine grapes and lavender. While not a stellar wine, LI grapes can do a pretty decent job of production, and the lavender serves as a natural bug repellent / pretty decor / good smell and flavor for drinks, etc. This way I can have something worth bartering with.
Hmm - I'm almost thinking we could get a tally of people's weekly (and even next day) 'wants' here on this platform. We could then find someway to overlay this with routes people are already taking on their daily commutes (or something to that effect) for drop offs. Or, we could just give an idea of where the 'good' is, and the users can decide for themselves when/where to meet. The latter option cuts down on convenience, but could be more social (much of the reason for doing this anyway).
Not clear on how best to go about it, but optimally, it would be a daily market and a permanent fixture that allowed for bartering as well as fresh produce / meat / dairy, etc. to be purchased. All sourced locally. On a smaller scale, it would at least be somewhat of a platform to at least make it easy for people to connect over what they are growing and willing to barter, etc. A once weekly farmers market was an okay start in town, but it's limited existence / time open cuts against its own success. People want ready access to things, which this could provide more of.