A while back, as part of Minos’ Never-Ending Quest for the Perfect Tamale (TM), we ended up at Goat Farm. That is a pretty cool place in its own right, but while there i stumbled across a flyer for a Food Swap.
I looked up their FaceBook page, and the idea seemed simple enough:
A monthly meet up where we can trade homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods with each other.
So on Sunday July 7, in a temporary break in the non-stop deluge that we have been having this summer, Minos and i headed to Goat Farm. To trade we took seven jars of home made jam: 1 blackberry, 2 mulberry-mango, and 4 mulberry.
The process is pretty simple. Everyone sets their trade items on a table. Some people also brought stuff to sample, which i should have thought to do! You have a little piece of paper that goes in front of your items, for people to write “bids”.
So you walk around sampling and looking at the items offered. Then, when everyone has had time to look at everything, you go and write your name and what you are offering in trade on the piece of paper in front of what you want to trade for. Other people who want your items will write on your piece of paper. Then, once everyone has “bid”, you negotiate.
Our homemade jams seemed pretty popular. For the seven jars we got:
- a loaf of homemade banana bread
- a jar of homemade Nutella
- a bag of mixed nuts roasted with herbs
- a bag of Chanterelle mushrooms foraged in North Georgia (major score here!)
- a jar of nicely spiced apple-pear butter
- 2 home grown tomatoes
- 1 smallish cucumber, 3 smallish jalapenos, and a bag of collards and mixed lettuce greens
That’s not a bad haul at all. I still have several jars of jam left, maybe i will bring some next month. Or maybe Minos and i can bring some pickles…
We will be back though. Definitely a cool idea.
And Goat Farm itself is a cool place to walk around. Here are some random shots of the space.