Scenes from the Spring Food Swap
In partnership with the Alexandria Food Swap, we held our spring food swap a few weeks ago, an event which brings together neighbors who enjoy trading and learning about homemade and homegrown foods. As per usual, the quality, quantity, and variety of items did not disappoint.
As participants arrived, they found a space to display their swap items on one of three tables and then filled out swap cards indicating what their item is and any notes about ingredients (contains nuts, dairy, is vegan, etc.).
Providing a sample was strongly encouraged. Everyone wants to taste what they are trading, which also meant there was plenty to snack on during the 1 1/2 hour event including lemon curd, paleo pancakes, Russian salads, homemade salsas, cookies, granola and chia pudding.
Once everyone was ready, it was time to swap. Here’s how it works: Each swapper makes offers for other swappers’ goods by writing on their swap card. For example, “I’ll trade my homemade salsa for a loaf of your artisan bread.” It’s up to the swapper to decide if they want to trade based on how many of their items they have and what other items they want to receive. It’s a cordial process, though sometimes people have to pass on offers due to dietary restrictions.
In addition to canned and baked goods, there were also vegetable seedlings, herbs and fresh eggs. In fact, the swapper who brought the eggs was able to tell us which of her chickens laid the eggs based on their color.
Many of the labels and packaging were quite impressive as well.
Plans are in the works for another swap later this summer. Stay tuned for details!