Curious about what a Food Exchange is about? Justine and Devin of Real Good Food will be at Fullsteam on Sunday for the first ever Bull City Food Exchange to talk more about. For those of you coming, we hope you participate! For those of you who cannot make it, we hope you might try this in your communities!
According to Justine, Food Swaps are taking the country by storm because they are a fun and delicious way to diversity the homemade foods in your own pantry while getting to know members of your local food company. She explains how a Food Swap works:
Easy answer: Basically just make a big batch of whatever it is that you love to cook, pack it up into a few portions and trade it for things you want.
Expanded answer: Participants are invited to bring a few individually wrapped portions of homemade food that they love and want to share. Participants label their items upon arrival and then explore delicacies that others have brought. The swap concludes with individuals making trades, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs.
Example: I made a cheese cake for the last Food Swap we hosted in Durham, sliced it into 8ths and wrapped them in wax paper. I ended up trading for a spicy pumpkin bisque, zucchini bread, roasted pepper tapenade and homemade coffee liquor. If you have the chance to bring some samples that always helps but it’s not necessary.
Cooking Up a Story did a great piece on Food Swap – see it in action!
We hope to see you Sunday!