Canning jars and homemade curry powder in hand, I am following the lead of Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking author Kate Payne and Brooklyn Homesteader Meg Paska. These ladies started the BK Swappers, and contributed to a modern trend of food swaps around the country! Food swaps are a place to trade your homemade, homegrown, and foraged food items with other like-minded folks, and are a great way to share knowledge, build community, and turn home food production into a habit. Truly inspired, I am starting a chapter here in Minneapolis: say hello to the MPLS Swappers. I am so excited, and can hardly wait for our first swap on March 19.
If you live in the Twin Cities area, and would like to join me and other enthusiastic foodies for the first meeting of the MPLS Swappers, all you need to do is register and bring something to swap. Canned goods, a batch of homemade mustard, kombucha SCOBYs, sourdough starters, homemade sauerkraut or kimchee, spice mixes, home-cured meat - the options are endless, and anyone is welcome. I'm excited to meet you!
MPLS Swappers March 2011 Food Swap
Saturday March 19, 2011, 2-4 pm
3401 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN (located upstairs)
In order to have the most productive swap possible (and so my brain doesn't explode the first time I'm organizing this), participation is limited to 30 people. Registration is required, and the cost is free.
Check out all the details on the MPLS Swappers blog: http://mplsswappers.wordpress.com
Want to know more about Food Swapping?
Food Swaps around the country:
(list courtesy of Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking Food Swaps Guide)
BK Swappers: Brooklyn NY
- NYMag, July 12, 2010 issue, featured in New Collectivism story.
- Brokelyn featured the August 1, 2010 swap here.
ATXswappers: Austin TX
- Featured in The Austin American Statesman, January 26, 2011
- Multi-media piece produced by Jo Ann Santangelo featuring January 2011 swap
MPLS swappers: Minneapolis MN
- Check out the blog
PDX Swappers: Portland OR
BAHSwappers: Houston and Bay Area TX
LAX Swappers: Los Angeles CA
East Bay CA Food Swaps: East Bay CA
- Check out the blog they’ve started
Derby City Food Swap: Louisville KY
- Check out the blog