and puts forth this mission:
The event did exactly that for us! We shared amazing food, got inspiration for new things to make and spent the afternoon with fun foodie people in our community. It was so much fun to swap. We enjoyed sharing our creations with others and getting to leave with an assortment of goodies, all without taking out my debit card.
I brought: 2 bags of dried wild oyster mushrooms, 4 containers of frozen walnut pesto, 2 jars of low-sugar raspberry preserves and 4 jars of chai concentrate. Paul brought 5 jars of his pickles.
After everyone got set up, our hostess Kim gave us the rundown on the swap format. First, we browsed and sampled the goods up for swapping, met our fellow swappers and ate from the potluck snack table.
The next phase was to write your name and what you wanted to swap on the tags for your desired goods.
Lastly, we swapped! It was a good format, but as is unavoidable with this kind of event, the swapping part was a bit chaotic. I think (and hope) that everyone felt good about the trading. There were some instances where people had to turn down offers due to personal tastes or dietary restrictions, so I hope nobody took it personally.
Meyer Lemon Limoncello, Pistachio Pesto, Lactose Fermented Bread and Butter Pickles, Strawberry Sauce with Balsamic Vinegar
There was so much more than I am showing you here. There were at least 30 swappers, most of whom brought multiple offerings. I was especially impressed with the selection considering March in Minnesota is generally a time where pantries are getting pretty bare.
roasted veggie tapenade
blood orange marmalade
pumpkin maple butter
natural rice krispie style bars
pecan toffee with chocolate
sprouted buckwheat granola
raspberry honey jam
Jamie also had a great haul. I didn't keep track of what she got, but together our stuff filled the dining table! Her pickled pineapple was excellent. It was such a hot commodity that not one of the three of us ended up with any. Luckily, we know how to get the recipe!