What is a Food Swap?
A food swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade, homegrown, and foraged creations become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. Diversify your pantry while meeting your friends and neighbors!
We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something you made, grew, or foraged yourself! You must pre-register to attend. If you plan to bring a family member or friend, please register them, as well. And if you’re coming alone, don’t worry – part of the fun is meeting new people.
Locations will differ so be sure to keep in touch!
All swap items must be homemade, homegrown, or foraged by you. Think baked goods, jam, pickles, spreads, honey, vinegar, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, homemade sausages, backyard eggs … you name it! Bring as little or as much as you like. You can bring a bunch of one thing or multiples of a few different things. The possibilities are endless!
Keep in mind that swappers will be examining and picking up your goods, so be sure to package them in a way that protects the food and makes it clear the amounts you want to swap. We encourage reusable, earth-friendly packaging whenever possible.
Samples will help "sell" your items!
What we have is essentially a silent auction. First, everyone is registered and sets up their table. Once that’s all done the fun part begins. You walk around to see what everyone else has brought and if something tickles your fancy you write your bid on that product. Ex. I’ll trade your jar of pickles for my mini-pound cake.
Packaging your goodies….
You can make this as plain or as fancy as you like. If you’re like me you can’t leave anything plain - it’s just fun to make stuff pretty. The same also goes for your table setting. The more attractive your display the more folks are going to want your goodies! It is in no way a requirement to decorate your table or your goodies – it’s just for fun.
I also have a problem throwing perfectly good containers in the garbage (this in no way makes me a hoarder) so this is the perfect way to reuse and recycle. It doesn’t matter so much if your portion sizes aren’t exactly alike – you can always adjust your bids.
A few notes….
If you are bringing fresh items such as soup or salsa, please be sure to bring your items in a cooler. You may also want to bring a small cooler even if you aren’t bringing fresh – you can always go home with fresh!!
Samples and shared dishes should come in something washable that you plan to bring home with you.
You may want to write up a card describing your items to bring with you to the swap - that way you’ll have more time to sample and bid and kibitz when you get to the swap, instead of trying to remember everything that went into your recipe, writing down special instructions, etc.
If you’re a home brewer you can bring your product since nothing is being sold. Just remember that samples are samples.
We ask that if you are preparing food that has common allergens (like nuts or milk), that you label the items accordingly.
We also ask that every participant acknowledge when they sign up that they know they are eating food someone prepared at home, just like you're bringing food you cooked at home. We also ask that all participants promise to use the highest cleanliness standards in their kitchens. It's all on the honor system; this is a community event.