Friday, March 30, 2012

Food Swap!


Kevin and his bread
They tasted just as divine as they looked...
Me at my lacto soda station
Matt putting in his request for Cindy's pie
Spectacular tartine bread made by Matt!
Cindy, my midwife came with pies. They were hot ticket items!
Kevin talking about his freshly baked bread!
Poppy drinking raspberry rose soda
homemade teriyaki sauce, vegan chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies...
Matt..he is the guy who made the tartine bread, and an old, good friend of mine!

Maya made caramel poporn
Jilan in her element!



A few weeks back I hosted our town's first food swap. I rented out the local cooking school for the day and invited my closest friends. What ensued was a day of extreme fun, love, sharing and celebration of homemade food. These photos were mostly taken by my close friend, photographer and blogger Jilan. Her photography blog is amazing! Thank you Jilan for documenting the first swap. I brought raspberry rose and blackberry ginger lacto-fermented soda. After swapping with others, I left with 25 year old sourdough starter, preserved lemons, tomato sauce, salsa, fennel flatbread, tartine bread, caramel popcorn, thumbprint cookies, a upcycled wool potholder and local corn meal. I had to have some conversations with the county health department before this movement could move forward, however. Turns out, publicly swapping food is illegal. But, an open dialogue with health department officials has lead to a clearer understanding of how these swaps can go forward and be legal, local and beneficial for all involved.

Food swaps are happening all over the country. A great resource is Food Swap Network. On that site there are listings of food swaps all over the country, how-to guides for throwing a swap and instructions for how to attend a swap. After attendees register to attend, they bring items to swap, then tour, taste, mingle and explore items others brought to swap. You write your bid on a piece of paper, and then swapping is negotiated between parties. Kind of crazy and a bit chaotic, but good fun and quite exciting. I highly suggest starting your own food swap where you live! It was so exciting to go home with a basket of treasures made by my friends and a wonderful way to make new ones.   The next food swap here is already planned for April! I will be sure to let you know how it went. xo










10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Came home with a bounty of treasures! So grateful for this event and inspired for the next. I drank the ginger bug. Ooops! I know it was supposed to be a starter, but...

Brenda Ghantous said...

I absolutely love what you do Jessica !!

Ashley said...

I went to my first LA food swap woefully unprepared, but you were born for food swaps! So impressed that you started your own.

Jessica said...

Ashley...I imagine the LA food swap is full on. I feel comfy and confident here in the country but the LA food swap might feel like a run for my money! So so curious about what was there, how many people, etc...

Alex Toll said...

What a great concept! It sounds like a potluck/CSA/farmers market all rolled into one. Suppose one was interested in attending said swap? I am very curious to experience this phenomenon for myself!

Jessica said...

Alex there is a great resource for food swaps online http://www.foodswapnetwork.com/ You can search by location to find the swap nearest you :)

Jessica said...

Alex...email me! I will give you more info for the food swap.
seaweedsnacks@gmail.com I see your blog now and will try to find an email there for you too..
jessica

Ashley said...

Jessica, there were probably about 20 people that went to the one I participated in. I think they may have capped the participants because of the space. People had a whole range of items, from granola to homemade soap to bunches of fresh herbs. Lots of interesting jams too.

Turo said...
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Turo said...

Gorgeous pies. - Arthur Bovino, Executive Editor, The Daily Meal

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