May Food Swap Date & Registration Announcement!

canned tomato sauce, jams, pickles, jalapeño garlic vodka...

Hear ye, hear ye!  The details are finalized and registration is available for the second MPLS Swappers food swap. Thanks to all of you who gave feedback on the most recent blog post and on Facebook – your input was really helpful and gave us great insight as to how to carry forward with the upcoming swaps.

And now, without further ado…

MPLS May 2011 Food Swap
May 14, 2011, 2-4 PM
3401 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis
(community space located upstairs)

Author and homemaker extraordinaire Kate Payne will be a special guest at the swap! Her work with the BK Swappers (Brooklyn, NY) and ATX Swappers (Austin, TX) helped spur a modern-day food swap trend, and her new book “Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking” is an amazing resource for anyone looking for fresh ideas and time tested wisdom for managing their home. Kate will be having a book signing event at Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN on Sunday, May 15.

Interested in attending the swap?

Register for MPLS Swappers May 2011 Food Swap in Minneapolis, MN  on Eventbrite

Blood Orange Marmalade and Guinness Mustard

What to Bring

One or more homemade, homegrown, or foraged food items, plus samples to try.   Need inspiration? Home-canned vegetables and fruits, pickles, jams, chutneys, jellies, vinegars, kombucha, sauerkraut and other ferments, cheeses, breads, cakes, starters, honey, granola, homegrown herbs and vegetables, foraged foods, handmade sausages, backyard eggs, soups, spreads, etc!

  • Please bring a list of ingredients on all your foods, if possible, or be able denote any special dietary restrictions – gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free, etc. Let’s be respectful of our fellow foodies with food allergies and intolerances, shall we?
  • Bring as few or as many items as you like – the more you bring, the more you get to take home!
  • Please package/wrap your food in a way that protects it and makes the amount you are swapping clear. Fellow swappers will be examining your goods, and we want the food to stay in one piece!
  • If possible, bring samples for others to try.

We will provide swapping cards, name tags, 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!

How the Swap Works

  • Swaps will be auction style. Each swapper will have a sheet filled for each item they have to swap and a few lines under the item.  The sheet will be available at the event.
  • The first 30 minutes of the swap will be devoted to sign-in, set-up, and greetings.
  • The next 30 minutes will be the time for everyone to walk around, examine, and sample items from the other swappers.
  • Then, we’ll take 30 minutes for everyone to write down on the sheets of paper the items they would like to swap. Example:  if Frankie has some picles, you will write on her sheet of paper what you are willing to swap for it. Multiple people can put in swap offers for the same item.
  • The final 30 minutes is when all the swapping actually happens. Everyone will go back to their original sheets of paper and look at their offers. They will decide which swap they would like to accept for each item, find that person via their name tag, and make the swap.


Spread the Word and Invite Your Friends!

Thanks to Madame for donating the use of their community space.

2 Responses to “May Food Swap Date & Registration Announcement!”
  1. amanda says:

    I wonder if there’d be a way to bring back empty canning jars to the swap? I know some people who aren’t canners accumulate jars…and people who are canners are always in need of jars!

  2. Kim Christensen says:

    This is a GREAT idea! Thanks for leaving a comment. Count on a jar “recycling” table at the next swap! 🙂

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