What are the Trading Table and the Surplus Bench?


Located near the front desk, the Trading Table is where you can trade produce from your share. The Trading Table starts off as a full share, with each produce portion in a separate basket, and it evolves throughout the pickup as people trade veggies.

How does it work? You give a portion and you take a portion: if you don’t want your potatoes, for example, you can place your full portion of potatoes in an empty basket and you take a full portion of another veggie from another basket. Or if you would like extra potatoes, you can take a portion of potatoes (providing there are some on the table) and give up another portion of say, eggplant, from your share.

Important: always trade a full portion for a full portion! A portion is whatever quantity of each produce there is for that week. For example, if this week’s share includes 4 potatoes and 3 onions, and you want to trade your potatoes for onions, you must exchange all of your 4 potatoes with all of 3 onions (providing there are onions on the trading table). In other words, you cannot trade 1 potato for 1 onion. To make this easy, all portions are placed in separate baskets and there is always one empty basket (unless somebody messed it up): give your potato portion to the empty basket, and take an eggplant portion from a full basket.

The Trading Table is for trading only: don’t take without giving, or give without taking as it messes things up. If you want to take without giving, or give without taking, use the Surplus Bench.


Located on a bench next to the Trading Table, the surplus bench includes extra produce and/or produce donate by members (from their share or from their garden). Whatever is on the surplus bench is free and up for grabs (within reason… don’t be greedy). You can also put any produce share portions you don’t want on the surplus bench. For example, if you don’t want your potatoes and there is nothing on the Trading Table that interests you, just leave your potatoes behind on the Surplus Table. That way, another member can take your potatoes and enjoy them.