June Food Swap recap

On Sunday, June 12, the MPLS Swappers had our third food swap gathering. This swap totally blew our socks off. We were so impressed at the wide variety of items, the creativity with ingredients and flavors, and the beautiful presentation. And, of course, it was a pleasure to hang out with like-minded foodies and geek out over delicious homemade nosh.  About 35 swappers attended the event, including Minnesota Monthly staff writer Gregory Scott and a photographer. Gregory is writing an article featuring the food swap and he wanted to attend an event to get a feel for it and interview attendees. I really hope the article runs, and I can’t wait for the August issue of Minnesota Monthly!

Thanks to feedback about previous swaps, we made a couple improvements this time. We tried a different table arrangement in the space that made better use of tables and allowed for a more efficient traffic flow. We also made the Food Swap Bid Sheet available for download, which allowed people to print and fill them in at home ,and bring them to the event. This made set-up much easier. Swappers seemed to like these changes, so we’ll keep them for next time.

One downfall of the event was the broken plumbing, which was an unexpected issue we found when we arrived that day. We apologize for the lack of fresh water and other problems that situation caused! Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we’ll make sure this doesn’t happen again.

On a happier note, here’s more food.

Fresh Herbs, Cilantro Raisin Chutney and Lavender Jam

Pumpkin Hummus with Preserved Lemon

Here are a few food highlights from the June swap…

  • soy-free chickpea tempeh
  • vegan peanut butter-tahini ice cream
  • homemade ghee and three varieties of homemade butter
  • homemade buttermilk
  • backyard eggs
  • a multitude of jams and jellies
  • sprouted flax crackers
  • lemon-lavender cupcakes
  • coconut brigadieros
  • homemade caramel
  • dried and fresh herbs
  • homegrown spinach and rhubarb
  • homemade horseradish mustard
  • peanut butter cookies, shortbreads, spelt lavender shortbread, stroopwafels
  • infused vinegar
  • spiced cashews
  • pumpkin-preserved lemon hummus and yogurt-lemon hummus
  • kefir-berry smoothies and kefir grains
  • homemade kombucha
  • chai mix
  • various quickbreads, cakes, and yeasted breads
  • hand-mixed spice blends
  • preserved apricots, apricot juice, and tomatoes
Isn’t that a marvelous assortment? And that’s just a taste of everything that was there that day. I enjoyed seeing more homegrown foods appear at this swap – hooray for summer! 

For your viewing pleasure, here are some additional photos. Everyone’s foods look so fantastic. I’m getting hungry right now. 


Mixed Berry Lychee Jam - wow!

dried herbs galore

Peonies, for a little ambiance.

Lavender-Lemon Cupcakes

Fresh Herbs

preserved apricots, maple syrup, and honey

the peanut butter cookie samples went like hotcakes

one view of a swap table!

dairy-loving swap co-organizer Mandy Ellerton, swapping her homemade butter for Holly's kefir grains

cupcake feast!

more swap goodies, from chai mix to mustard and everything in between


some of my swapped loot from the event, i've eaten most of it already 🙂

another swapper's goodies

Mimi the teenage cookie baker, and her swapped plants

Minnesota Monthly staff writer Gregory Scott displaying his swapped-for raspberry hibiscus ginger kombucha!

Want in on the food swap fun?
Our next swap will be July 9, 2011 from 2-4 pm. Registration and event information will be available soon.I’m hoping for lots of homegrown raspberries and strawberries, garlic scapes, and greens at the next swap. How about you?
Until next time,
2 Responses to “June Food Swap recap”
  1. Your swap is so cool! I would love to get one started in Evanston, IL!

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