Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Go Native!

Mesquite and Chia Seed Crackers with Prickly Pear Jelly and Goat Cheese



In conjunction with the Desert Harvester's Mesquite Milling and Watershed Management Group's Mesquite Pancake breakfast we invite you to a special themed ‘Native/Local Food Swap’ This food swap will be held at 3:00 on Sunday, November 24th, during a full day of events in the Dunbar Springs Neighborhood. 

This swap will be a great opportunity to exchange some of your items made from locally grown or foraged foods for exciting products made by others who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about our desert bounty. To participate in the swap, your items need not be entirely local but should highlight food grown in our region. Products using either native/foraged and/or locally grown foods are welcome. To sign up, please register each person who will be swapping goods so that we can plan the space accordingly. As always, please let us know if you have to cancel so that we can open you spot for someone else.

You can sign up HERE.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Granny Pantries

Fennel Liqueur,  Preserved Lemons, Sauerkraut, Limoncello
After a long steamy day in the kitchen with the canning pot boiling away, it isn't hard to imagine why supermarket, convenience foods grew to be so popular.  You can only imagine the relief to the toil our grandmothers endured that the new frozen and processed foods offered. We are lucky enough to live in a time when we have so many options in our food choices.  Often these food choices however, have left many of us wanting.  As we grow more attached to local and seasonal food offerings we have found ourselves drawn to the notion of "putting up" the bounty of the season.  Canning classes are appearing around the country.  You can find a panoply of food preservation books with unusual and artisanal recipes to stock your larder.  Conversations abound at Farmer's Markets and CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) about how to process the surplus to enjoy later.  We are collectively bringing back Granny Pantries!

My pantry is imperfect, often weighted heavily in the jam and marmalade territory with a smattering of pickled beets and okra.  I'm lucky that our winter survival doesn't depend on what I've put up.  I do on the other hand, have a great selection of gift options or fun add ons to a bigger meal…. or offerings for a local Food Swap.

The idea of Food Swapping is both revolutionary and ancient.  I can take my extra pantry items and trade them, making my pantry more diverse.  Before I sat down to write this post I had friends over for dinner.  We had a "Build your Own Sandwich Night".  I made bagels, an item which I have "swapped" in the past.  The sandwich bar included homemade horseradish and tomato jam that I received at the last swap.  My friend shared dill pickles that she plans on bringing to the next Food Swap.  The meal was delicious for sure but even more special was the thought of all the people who had made it possible.  I wouldn't have found that kind of story in the aisles of the supermarket.

So come join us at a Food Swap and share your offerings. Our next Swap is April 6th  Sign up here.  Together we will find that Granny Pantries are pretty cool.



Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year Food Swap



Happy New Year!


With the holidays behind us we are finally ready for another Food Swap. This month the Food Swap will be held on Sunday, January 27th at 10 a.m. Bring your food to swap and, if you like, plan to stay after the swap to enjoy a light brunch and good company.

The swap will be held in a central location, and you will receive a reminder e-mail with location information mid-week before the swap. As usual we ask you to please register (click here for the registration link) so we can plan space accordingly.

If this is your first Food Swap, be sure to check out the FAQ page to find out more about how a swap works. If you would like to receive invites to future swaps, please sign up for the Food Swap Tucson mailing list.

See you soon!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Hello Food Swappers!



Happy Fall!  We have some exciting things planned for the next few months so make sure to keep posted.  In October, we are excited to be involved with Tucson Food Day, and our Monday 22nd swap will be one of several fun food events taking place the week of Food Day.  Registration is now open for the October 22nd swap, which will be held from 5:45-7:30.  Click here to register for the swap.  To find out about other Food Day events go to the Tucson Food Day website.  You can also check out the Food Day Scavenger Hunt on the website, to learn more about real food in Tucson and enter to win cool prizes.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

After a Food Swap we take home many delicious goodies.  Some we gobble up right away, others can add interest to our meals for weeks to come.  After the last swap I scored a Spice Rub for the BBQ I was heading to later in the day. Perfect! I started a couple great mornings with Whole Wheat English Muffins and Prickly Pear Jelly.  Later in the week I added some interest to a cream cheese dip with Fig Preserves, ate some Cucumber Kimchi with fried rice for a simple dinner, crumbled Polvorones over poached pears for an amazing dessert, and shared my Date Cookie Dough Balls with my coworkers.  My meals were easier, but more inspired with all those amazing foods!  Start your week off right and add some excitement to your weeknight meals by joining us Monday, September 24th from 5:45-7:30 in the evening.  To sign up, go to our registration page.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Food Swappin' in Action

Have yet to attend a Food Swap? Wondering what all that swapping looks like in action? Check out this quick & dirty video of the Tucson Food Swap we did at the Mercado.

Tucson Food Swap Video

Makes you kind of hungry doesn't it? We are just a few days away from our next swap on August 19th. Reserve your spot today! 


Monday, August 13, 2012

It's time for another Food Swap.  This month the swap will be held on Sunday August 19th from 10:00 am until noon.  Click here to register.  We are looking forward to some tasty summer treats!  
If you are unable to attend this month, we hope to see you at our next swap in September.  We will do our best to give you plenty of time to register, and we will try to pick a day and time that works for most participants.  If you would like to help with planning the next swap drop us a line at foodswaptucson@gmail.com.