New Event! Food Talks with the MPLS Swappers

kim's homegrown produce, July 2010

It’s no secret that Mandy, A-K, and I miss seeing your beautiful faces and homemade foods each month. The absence of our food swaps creates a noticeable hole in our social life and our pantries! So, while we are working hard to determine the future of our food swaps, we have developed a new way … Continue reading

Food Swap Update and Exciting Developments

Lacto-fermented pickles

Hello food swappers! Mandy, A-K, and I hope that you are having a wonderful February and enjoying our disturbingly mild weather as much as we are. Oddly enough, I find that my desire to hole myself up in my kitchen is drastically lessened this winter. Is it because stepping outside doesn’t feel like torture? Possibly, … Continue reading

Food Swap Update

Blood Orange Marmalade and Guinness Mustard

Hello, swap family! A-K, Mandy, and I hope that you enjoyed your wintery celebrations and have ushered in 2012 with joy. What a year we’ve had, huh? One year ago, I was pulling together the pieces for the first food swap in March 2011. Never in a million years did I expect that it would … Continue reading

December event cancellation and an important update


Over the last 9 months, the widespread interest in and awareness of the MPLS Swappers have allowed our food swaps to grow and our community to strengthen. Everyone involved has had the opportunity to feel empowered, excited, and passionate about producing high-quality and delicious food and sharing it with others. Apparently, awareness of our event … Continue reading

July Food Swap Recap

201107 lemon confit

On Saturday, July 9 the MPLS Swappers gathered for our fourth food swap. Due to unexpected space complications, we decided a mere 1 1/2 hours before swappers started to arrive that we would move the swap down the street to the lovely Powderhorn Park. We posted a sign on the door of our previous venue, … Continue reading

MPLS Swappers in Minnesota Monthly

The cover of the August 2011 issue Minnesota Monthly, which features an article about the MPLS Swappers

Finally, I can let the cat out of the bag! The August issue of Minnesota Monthly  features a two-page article about the MPLS Swappers entitled “Ready, Set, Swap”! Writer Gregory Scott interviewed me back in early June, and we made a peach-rhubarb-strawberry jam together while discussing my motivations for founding the organization earlier this year … Continue reading

Food Swaps and Food Safety

Pickled Ginger from the March 2011 food swap

Food safety is one of the topics that is coming up frequently in the larger swap conversation across the country. Swap hosts across the country have talked about it amongst ourselves, articles are being written about it, and suspicious readers have commented on food swap-centric articles online. How trusting can we be of how participants … Continue reading

Updates and a call for your ideas!

Food Swap table

Hey Swappers! I have a confession to make: I had no idea this idea would be received so well. I expected a handful of people might be interested in the first swap, and word would slowly spread over many months. Boy, I was wrong. The first event filled to our space’s capacity (30 people) in … Continue reading