Information on the September food swap

IMG_3632We currently have 18 tickets left of 40 for the September food swap.

How a Food Swap Works

Bring one or more homemade, homegrown, or foraged food items, plus samples to try.  See our list of swapping possibilities.

Bring a list of ingredients for all your foods, if possible, and be able to denote any special dietary restrictions – gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free, when asked.

Bring a lot of one item, or a few of several items. You decide. The more you bring, the more goodies you’ll likely take home. We will have up to 30 participants, so you can bring up to about 35 items to swap.

Please package/wrap your food so that it’s swap-ready. Make sure that the amount you are swapping is clear. We encourage reusable, recyclable packaging whenever possible.

Please practice good food-safety standards. We don’t want anyone getting sick because something was sitting out too long when it should have been refrigerated. Take precautions to adequately protect your food while it is in transport, and while it is at the swap, if needed (i.e. a cooler).

If possible, bring samples for others to try.

We will provide swapping cards, name tags, writing utensils, and other necessary materials for the event. Swap will be held in a silent-auction format, and you will be free to choose which trades to accept for your products. Bring as much or as little as you like; there are no caps or minimums. Please package/wrap your items to keep them safe and intact while they are being perused by other swappers!

Swaps last about 2 hours and are held in a silent auction style. Each swapper displays his or her goods on a table, in a space approximately 1.5’ wide, alongside a blank card. The first part of the swap is devoted to walking around, examining, talking, and sampling items from the other swappers.
If you are interested in an item, you write your name on the card next to the things you want, along with what you’re offering to swap in exchange (silent-auction style). For example, if Jenny has some pesto you’d like to swap for, you would write on her card that you’re name, and “1 dozen eggs” to indicate that you are willing to swap a dozen eggs for her pesto. Multiple people can put in swap offers for the same item.
Finally, everyone goes back to his or her original cards to review their offers. Then you go and find the people you want to swap with, via their names tags, and let the magic of barter commerce unfold. These offers are just a starting point for conversation; there’s no guarantee you will get what you “bid” for and, likewise, you are under no obligation to trade with the people who wrote on your paper.Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the spirit of neighborly camaraderie.  All swapping is done in the spirit of fun, and this is a great way to meet other food-loving locals. Information thanks to Seattle Swappers.

Is there a cost?

There is a cost for participating in the swap – through the food you purchase to swap and the jars or packaging materials. Although you come home with a variety of swapped items to add to your home sampling, gifting and canning collection. There is no cost for sign up, but we have donation jars at the event where we hope folks will contribute – we give the donations to GRub for allowing us to use their space.

What is a one for one trade?

You are packaging your materials to trade one for one. If you use a small size canning jar, you may be swapping it for a large size canning canning jar depending on the trade. If you make a large loaf of bread, consider making it into 3-4 smaller loaves to trade for a jar of jam or a bag of caramels or homemade cookies. I found many people used the 1 C to 2 C size of canning jars primarily for their swapping.

Is it just canned goods?

No. Please see the “what can I swap” page to see examples of what has been swapped at the event. You can swap canned goods (we’ve had pickles, jams, liqueurs) for baked goods (scones, cookies, candies, bread, chile pie), for fresh produce (herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables).

How does a swap work?

Please see the page “how does a swap work” to find out details on how our swap works and maybe we can answer any of your questions.

Is this an event where you are giving to the needy?

Sadly no, it is not an altruistic event. We are doing one for one trades for ourselves or for gifts. There is a free table at the event to trade items we may not need for something someone else does. At the first event there was a food dehydrator, garlic press, mixing bowls and a very large zucchini (thanks Kathy).

Can I sample the stuff before I swap it?

Samples are not required but are encouraged. Samples can also be used for items in the potluck. One swapper brought her chocolate strawberry jam and spread it on angel food cake for the potluck.

I want to get in on the action but can’t think of what to swap..

You can make the brownies in a jar, or the Russian tea mix made of Tang or the homemade cocoa mix. Some people make homemade granola, or their best cookies. If you’ve grown beautiful or unusual herbs or flowers or produce in your garden, bring it along. You can bring gardening seeds to swap. You can bring homemade coasters or wash cloths or laundry soap or herbal remedies. You can bring homemade grocery bags.

Does everything need to be homemade?

Yes. Homemade or home grown or local is preferred.

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