We love Grub! The non-profit organization has allowed us to use their beautiful facilities for our last three food swaps and we hope for many more. The farmhouse is just lovely and has a full kitchen (with plates, cutlery, glasses), a meeting area that we use for the swap and beautiful grounds. They also have a staff member at the food swap to tell us about Grub and help facilitate our event. The organization is about growing healthy food, people and communities and their goals are to provide healthy food to everyone.
In fact, a post on Grub’s Facebook page about food swaps was how our Olympia Food Swap got started.
Through the GRuB in the Schools Initiative, disengaged and/or low-income students earn credits while learning about and contributing to their local food systems. They also engage PreK-12 youth in hands-on learning about soil, plants, food, and community through field trips to the farm. Grub also has a Kitchen Garden program that helps build garden beds for families in the community.
The market stand is every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and they accept volunteers. They have a Grub cookbook with delicious recipes on using fresh produce, including this one:
Pickled Red Onions
2 large red onions, thinly sliced
1 qt boiling water
½ C white wine vinegar
½ C cold water
½ C honey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp peppercorns
½ tsp allspice
Place sliced onions in a bowl; pour boiling water over onions and allow to steep for 5 minutes; drain. Whisk together the vinegar, cold water, honey, salt, peppercorns and allspice. Add the onions and allow marinating for 10 minutes. Transfer to a jar, cover tightly and refrigerate until very cold. These pickled onions will keep for several months and get better with age.
Inquire at Grub to get your very own cookbook.