Winter Del Ray Food Swap
Our latest Del Ray Food Swap is further evidence of what we already knew — Del Ray is chock full of talented and creative cooks. We held the swap last Saturday at The Empty House Studio with the help of TEHS crew Sarah, Henri, and Christine. Here was the swapping table before things got crazy (in a good way).
Now take a look at the table during the height of the swap, loaded with so many incredible creations.
Participants brought a wide range of homemade items: Brazil nut milk, beet hummus, kefir, home-roasted coffee, savory and sweet jams, chutney, mustard, jelly, artisan bread, pickles, seasoned salts, soup, chicken stock. We had a second table in the front room, every square inch covered with a mason jar or package.
In addition to savory offerings, there were sweets: “loaded Rice Krispie treats,” assorted chocolate truffles, cookies, biscotti, and peppermint bark, to name a few.
And even some seeds to kickstart your garden this year.
The concept for the swap is simple — just bring something homemade, homegrown, or hand-foraged and package individual quantities in the container of your choice (we encourage participants to reuse/upcycle containers they already have on hand). The number of items you bring is the number of items you can take home.
Participants are given a swapping card when they arrive to describe their product with space below for people to make offers. “I’ll trade you a jar of lentil soup for a loaf of artisan bread.” Then the bartering takes place.
We were fortunate at this swap to have two amazing local home-based businesses to serve as “sponsors” and share samples of their products. Yiwah from No. 1 Sons came with a few buckets of “kicky koshers” and some “salsa so verde.” He entertained the crowd with some interesting tidbits about the ancient art of fermentation.
Our other sponsor, Rebecca Underley from Del Ray Cakery, brought this stunning cake for all to try. She also attended as a swapper and traded her famous cake pops. Seeing the wide range of food people brought, Rebecca exclaimed, “Next time I need to up my game!”
To thank everyone for coming, we thought it would be fun to have a few DIY door prizes. Leslie made felted wool dryer balls and room scents which we raffled off halfway through the event. The dryer balls go right into your dryer with your wet clothes to help minimize static cling and the amount of time you need to run your dryer.
She made four kinds of room scents in mason jars — you simply empty the container into a pot and lightly simmer on the stove to release the fresh aroma throughout your house. After each use, let the liquid cool, place back in the jar and store in your fridge until the next use. You can reuse these until their aroma fades.
Several guests also provided samples of their items. We had over 25 people in attendance and not everyone went home with one of each item so this was a good chance to try things you might not have been able to swap.
In the end, I think everyone went home with a pretty good bounty and lots of inspiration to experiment with new foods at home.
We’ll have our next swap in the Spring — if you’d like to be on our email list to get advanced notice, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, follow along on Facebook and Twitter for updates. In the next week or so, we’ll also share recipes, more photos and step-by-step instructions for making some of the swapping items. Stay tuned!
And for more about our fabulous sponsors visit their websites — No. 1 Sons and Del Ray Cakery. If your local food-based business would like to be a sponsor for a future swap, email email@example.com for details.