Last spring, we held our first Wallyhood Food Swap. With a bit of prodding from Aaron over at Wallingfarm, we’re making it an annual affair and moving it closer to the harvest, Saturday October 27th. Here’s how it works:
Do you cook, bake, can, jar, grow, distill, brew, shepherd or summon? Do you, perhaps, cook, bake, can, etc. too much? Interested in swapping some of what you got for some of what someone else has baked, canned, jarred, grown, etc?
- Participants bring something or somethings they’ve made
- Everyone’s items are placed on tables where they can be viewed, alongside a blank card
- Everyone looks over the goods and writes their name on the card next to the things you want, along with what you’re offering to swap for
- After an hour, it’s swap time! You find the people on your card that have offered something you want and you swap! What’s a “fair swap”? It’s up to you. Nobody has to swap, the cards are just a starting point for conversations.
So simple, right? Here what you can bring:
- Must be homemade or homegrown by you
- Must be consumable (i.e., no soap or crafts, just food, drink and the like)
- Must be wrapped or packaged for swapping
- Your “presentation area” will be 1.5′ square, so something needs to fit there (but you can stow extras in a corner)
You can bring several different items, you can bring many of the same item or you can bring just one item, whatever suits your fancy.
Last year’s was a ton of fun (Food Swap Report), with about 20 people swapping beet shallot vinaigrette, kale pesto, basil pesto, limoncello, pale ale, pickled beets, pickled string beans, stevia, infused butters, carrot onion slaw, chocolate truffles, granola, chili tequila, humus, fresh eggs, Philthy Sanchez sauce, cheesey balled goodness, sour cream, cheese cake, avocado garbanzo chocolate cake (no, really, awesome), nectarine jam, peppercorn shortbread, and Wallyhood Honey (natch).
Want to join the fun this year? We’re limiting to 20 spots to keep it fun and intimate, so reserve your spot now.