A Food Swap is a casual and friendly gathering of food makers, growers, and foragers who are excited to trade and barter their homemade edibles with others. The swap will also be an opportunity to meet people, learn new things and encourage fledgeling local food businesses.
What Should I bring?
Appropriate items for swapping include home grown produce, backyard eggs (duck, chicken, quail), jams and preserves, syrups, oils, infused liquors and vinegars, home brewed alcohol and spirits, baked goods, candies, teas, home canned foods, pickles, chutneys, salsas, smoked meats, honey and more...
Plan to bring 5-10 items (some people bring more, some less), which can range from packages of homemade granola to honey from your hives. You can also bring a mix of items if you want. We definitely suggest bringing extra for samples. People are going to be more keen to swap when they can taste your amazing creations.
Don't forget to bring something extra (bag, box etc.) to carry your new food items home!
How do I package/present items?
Also, we'd like to request that all swappers label all their items with the following info – whether you do this on a simple laser printer label or a cute handmade tag is up to you.
- Name of Item – Clearly label what it is!
- How to store item – Is it for the fridge or the pantry? Even though this is included on the swap sheet, it can be easy to miss or forget this during the excitement of the swap, so please mark on the item itself
- Your Name - So recipients know who made it
- Your Email - So recipients can contact you directly if they have questions on how to store or use it, want the recipe, or just want to tell you how much they've enjoyed it
- Date - (optional) The date you made it or use by date is useful