Farewell Summer Food Swap

Join us on the last day of summer for a "farewell summer" food swap! If you've got extra canned goods, home produced foodstuffs, or the last of your garden's produce to share, we'd love to have you! There will also be a light potluck lunch, so even if you don't have anything to swap, feel free to join us anyway and socialize!

We'll plan to sign in and set up from about 2:30-3pm, give everyone time to browse (and snack!) for 45 min. to an hour, and start swapping around 4pm. Hope to see you there!

Note: The library informs me that the parking lot may get full around that time of day. Luckily, city parking is free on the weekends in case you need to use the street or a city lot.

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Food Swap
We'll be using information from the Food Swap Network to inform our swap. If you've never swapped before, don't worry--I'm new to it too! Here are the basic guidelines:

- Bring your homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods in individual, clearly labeled containers (e.g. mason jars, tupperware, or plastic bags). You will be giving these away, so make sure to use containers you're OK parting with! There is no limit to the amount of items you can bring.


- The emphasis is on home produced items. Therefore, please refrain from bringing any pre-packaged or store bought items. Home canned items, homemade baked goods, dried herbs, fresh produce (homegrown or foraged), and ferments (e.g. kefir grains, sourdough starter, or kombucha SCOBYs) are all excellent examples of what to bring.

- You'll be negotiating with each other on your swaps, so there is no intrinsic value assigned to each item. The easiest way is to swap 1-for-1, but you may decide to swap a loaf of your bread for a couple small jars of someone's jam, or a few bags of dried herbs for a kombucha SCOBY. It's up to each individual involved to determine what to swap for what!

For more information, please reference the Food Swap Network website!

Potluck

We'll be setting up a light potluck lunch to snack on at a separate table. Feel free to bring samples of what you've brought to swap, or another dish entirely! It doesn't have to be fancy. Please comment below to let us know what you'll be bringing to help avoid duplicates!

We'll be providing plates, utensils, and napkins. Please bring your own drink!

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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to post or e-mail!

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  • tash

    Put us down as a maybe. It's a bit of a drive (45 min according to Google) so it depends on how the kids are acting. If we can come I have jam, probably pickled peppers/relish, some fresh picked apples, maybe some fresh herbs (thyme, winter savory, parsley, maybe sage and oregano).

    2 · September 3, 2013

    • Leah M.

      Matt and I live a good hour NW of Columbus, so when we plan events we do try to choose a location that is close enough to the city (where the great majority of our members live) but not so far that we end up driving more than an hour and a half or so ourselves. We understand that our membership spans the entire central Ohio area and try to take that into consideration when planning, but with so many members we can't guarantee that every event will be convenient for any given member. We will continue to try to offer events in a variety of locations so that everyone has a chance to attend a few! In addition, we will continue to post or send notice of third-party events that happen all over the city in the hopes that they will be convenient for at least some of our members to attend.

      September 23, 2013

    • Leah M.

      As always, we welcome meetup suggestions--if there is a particular time and/or place that's best for you, you can always take the initiative and suggest an event yourself using the "suggest a new meetup" button on the front page. We will work with you to put your plan into action!

      Oh, and yes--children are welcome at most of our events!

      September 23, 2013

  • Lizzy B.

    What a fun and exciting food swap! It was great meeting everyone and talking about such interesting topics! Can't wait until the next meetup :)

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Copia

    Fun times, great food share, good convo, and super welcoming. Looking forward to connecting with you all again!

    2 · September 21, 2013

  • Matt S.

    Excellent group, great food. Thanks to all for attending!

    3 · September 21, 2013

  • Matt S.

    My car doesn't seem to want to start today. :-( I'm getting a ride to the library with our stuff, but I might be a little late. FYI in case anyone gets there before me!

    September 21, 2013

    • Natalie

      I haven't left yet, but I will be there today, too.

      September 21, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Can't make it. Wife not feeling that well:'(

    September 21, 2013

  • Leah M.

    I had something come up last minute and won't be able to be there tomorrow, but Matt will be there to host. I will send him with everything he needs, and probably some broccoli salad to munch on!

    September 20, 2013

  • Natalie

    I also don't have anything to bring. My garden was not prolific this year. I'm not sure if I'll be able to come, but I should be able to stop in! I'm looking forward to it!

    September 20, 2013

  • Bethany G.

    This looks like it'll be pretty cool. I wasn't able to grow anything this year but I can certainly bake something. Look forward to meeting everyone.

    September 19, 2013

  • Lizzy B.

    Adam and I will likely be bringing relish and crackers for the potlock, and possibly a loaf of bread. Still need to work out the details with him... ;) Looking forward to meeting everyone and trying new foods!

    September 16, 2013

  • Caitlin

    I just joined this group, is it okay if I don't have much to bring? And how long have most of you been in the group? I am only just starting to learn how to grow my own food and how to prepare food for storage.

    August 8, 2013

    • Leah M.

      Hi Caitlin,
      It's totally fine if you don't have much to bring. We're just as excited to meet and socialize with our members as we are to swap food! In regards to your other question: this group has only existed since November of last year, and new members join almost every week. We have members of all ages and backgrounds, with varying interests and proficiencies. The majority of our members still consider themselves beginners when it comes to a lot of topics (myself and Matt included) -- we're here to learn with and from each other!

      August 8, 2013

    • Caitlin

      Most of the groups I've seen so far are pretty new. I am definitely a beginner. I have still never gone camping, and my family has never been much into do ing any sort of outdoor activities. I've always been interested, but never had the chance to try anything until now. My mom thinks I'm crazy, but my 12 year old sister wants to learn and do everything too, so we both learn together. I'm going to try to bring her too if possible :)

      August 8, 2013

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