Our swap hostesses Mandy and Kim deserve some major props for pulling this one off! When we arrived at the swap, we found the doors to the site locked and a note directing us to head down the block to the park. Apparently, the locked doors were what Mandy and Kim found, too! They found a way to make the swap happen anyway and, in the end, the outdoor swap was probably a better fit for the super hot day then the non-air conditioned site would have been. With a rather hodge podge, yet functional assortment of picnic tables, benches and blankets on which we spread out our wares and a storm that patiently held off, the swap went wonderfully.
This month's swap included a lot of new swappers (and returning swappers) who went all out with packaging. Among the many beautiful items, the lemon confit in the photo up top was a real eye catcher and so were these cute herb assortments.
I didn't end up with one of these precious bottles of peppermint extracts, but I did get the scoop on how to make a batch myself. My mom bakes phenomenal chocolate peppermint bars for Christmas each year. Maybe this year I can have some extract ready to use in her recipe.
Some red, white and blue action going on with the red velvet cakes. I am starting to think everything looks prettier when presented in a canning jar!
I've been hearing a lot about preserved watermelon rinds, so I was happy to finally taste one. From the recipes that I have seen, watermelon rind pickles are a total labor of love.
There were so many other phenomenal goods there, too! Well done, MPLS Swappers!
For the sake of my memory, here is what I brought to the swap and what I took home with me:
These mushrooms were from this foraging excursion.
I followed Marisa's Spoon Butter recipe from Food in Jars.
- 1/2 dozen backyard eggs
- Rhubarb Raspberry Peach Jam
- Strawberry Jam
- Balsamic Strawberry Jam
- Thai Coconut Curry Hummus
- Organic Strawberry Peach Ginger Jam
- Poppyseed Bagels
- Chocolate Beet Cupcakes