Savoring Summer at the Del Ray Food Swap
The benefit of having our summer food swap in September is that we get to savor all those delicious summer fruits and vegetables right before their season ends and make them last a little longer. I’m thinking peaches, tomatoes and figs, in particular – all popular items at the swap last Saturday afternoon.
For peaches, swappers brought “tipsy” peaches, peach BBQ sauce, and peach preserves.
There were multiple types of tomatoes — fresh yellow pear tomatoes, canned tomatoes and a green tomato jam.
Samples are encouraged, and everyone dove right in to taste the delicious fig jam and its accompanying goat cheese and crackers.
The way the swap works is everyone brings something homemade or homegrown — the amount you bring is the amount you can swap. You fill out a swap card to describe your item and then other participants make offers.
When it’s time to swap, each person reviews their offers and starts to make trades.
There was plenty of variety and unfortunately we did not get photos of everything. This hot sauce in quilted mason jars had a nice kick.
Two kinds of green beans — dilly and spicy — were up for grabs.
I didn’t get any of the creamy ricotta cheese, but I’d love to learn how to make it.
A whole big bag of granola, two flavor varieties.
Layered dry soup mix with a seasoning packet and cooking instructions makes for an easy fall meal.
In addition to pear bread and monkey bread, there were other sweet items, including cupcakes and homemade ice cream.
Vineeta brought a few milkweed plants to swap, which can be used to create monarch way stations. She also shared tips for growing the plants.
Our hosts for the event were Danielle and Casey, whose 3-part home renovation we chronicled earlier this year.
Danielle was more than willing to give everyone a tour of her house — from the top of the green roof garden down to the once troublesome basement and patio.
And of course we can’t forget our door prizes. A few lucky swappers went home with soap samples and gift certificates to Old Town Suds and a gift card to Nalls Produce (thank you Steffanie and Tara!).
In the end, the basket I came with filled with peach BBQ sauce was filled with a whole new set of foods to try.
Our next swap is tentatively planned for February 2014. In the meantime, if you would like to be on our food swap email list or have any questions about how they work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.