Portland Trading Post :: Monthly Swap Event

  • January 9, 2011 · 2:30 PM
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Please join us for the
Portland Trading Post monthly swap event, inspired by our friends in
Somerville - and the success of our recent plant and preserved food swaps! Trading Post events are
free and open to all. Space may be limited in our first few sessions while we work out the kinks,
so please take your RSVP seriously. Plants, seedlings, seeds, preserved or fresh produce, hand-made items, etc. are all welcome at Portland Trading Post. The main idea is that we are stepping outside of the cash economy and mutually "gifting" things to each other in a way that turns whatever we have in abundance into a diversity of goodness and good will.
The only rules are:


  • No cash changes hands (like anyone has any, anyway.)

  • Don't start the swapping until everyone's there and has a chance to look around at what's on offer.

  • You can swap with someone or simply "gift" things to each other without taking a return item. Your choice. The IRS doesn't care about gifts, right? :)

  • Make sure you've found a home for all your stuff before you leave (or take home what hasn't been gifted).

  • If you bring a food item with multiple ingredients, pls label. Please use the comments area of this page to talk about what you might be bringing or seeking. Potluck/Food/Snacks/Fiddles/Juggling optional.

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  • Lisa F.

    Wow! Came home with homemade fleece socks, fresh goat milk, yogurt, chaga, rooting ginger, pickles, apple cider, fresh rosemary and bay leaf, and beautiful home-rendered lard.

    January 10, 2011

  • Sue M.

    Wonderful time as always! I did want to say that if you have the apple cider vinegar mother you should leave the cover off and put cheesecloth over it. That will allow it to turn.

    January 10, 2011

  • Jeremy B.

    Loved it. I hope everyone I traded with was as happy as I was! For excess mustard pickles, a few glass gallon jars and kombucha SCOBY I got fresh bread, soft cheese, hard cheese, a super-hardy and mature rosemary plant, seeds and canned pears.

    January 10, 2011

  • Lynne H.

    Awesome group. I really felt like I got great and useful trades.

    January 10, 2011

  • Johnny A.

    Will have garlic, Fedco seed packs (not just the packs, seeds too), and a winter elderberry brandy elixir...

    January 9, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    What do you guys think of one additional rule (or maybe just idea...) that allows for a 3-way trade. In other words, if I want something that Aaron has but he doesn't need my stuff, I could trade to get something Aaron wants in order to, in turn, trade with Aaron for the thing I want. Sounds complicated, but, I just wanted to throw it out there as another option to play with.

    1 · January 9, 2011

  • David H.

    I will have fresh ginger root and ginger root starts, ground chaga, dried and fresh herbs.

    January 8, 2011

  • Karl S.

    Hey Beth,
    sorry you won't make it tomorrow. we're definitely interested in the grow light for some cheese. will be in touch. best, Karl

    January 8, 2011

  • Beth

    YOu'd need atruck to come get the greenhouse at my home in CApe Elizabeth.
    I also have a grow light, called the Jump Start Light System - here's a link that shows it:http://www.yardlover.com/green-thumb-4-foot-jump-start-light-system.
    I'd gladly swap these for cheese, chicken, duck and/or fish. Not too much. The greenhouse was $300 new. THe light $50. Both are 4 years old. Let me know

    Beth

    January 8, 2011

  • Beth

    Hi all-I won't be able to come 2morrow. HOwever,I have a collapsible greenhouse, called the Germinator, that is 5'x8' with two shelves - here is a link that shows what it is:http://www.planetnatural.com/site/germinator-greenhouse.html. I have had it for 4 seasons, have all of the hardware and I think instructions .Takes about 20 minutes to set up & works like a dream. COntinued on next post!

    January 8, 2011

  • Jeremy B.

    I am bringing lots of SCOBY for kombucha making, some canned mustard pickles, and a couple of spare glass 1 gallon jars.

    January 8, 2011

  • Karl S.

    We'll be bringing some raw goat milk again, so if you want some, it'd be great if you could a jar, or if you got some from us before, you could just bring those jars back. Also, if the person who brought the nettle-infused vinegar last time is coming (Sorry! I can't remember your name!) We'd love some more!
    We'll also be bring some fresh chevre and a young manchego.

    January 7, 2011

  • Lisa F.

    Maybe we can make February a special book swap Trading Post. Can bring other stuff, too, but a special focus on cleaning out books from your shelf....Just thinking ahead:)

    January 6, 2011

  • David H.

    I will have Chaga, hopefully dried and ground.

    January 4, 2011

  • Sue M.

    I will be bringing fleece socks. Handcrafted items are a good thing to bring.

    December 29, 2010

  • Karl S.

    We'd love some gallon or half gallon glass jars if anyone has any

    December 29, 2010

  • David H.

    also... tools, cardboard, newspaper, 5 gallon buckets... stuff like that.

    December 28, 2010

  • David H.

    I like that books have been in the mix. more books maybe.

    December 28, 2010

  • Janet D.

    can you give more ideas on what we can bring?

    December 28, 2010

  • Lisa F.

    Hey everyong, I expect the Trading Post to start having some "seasonality" to them, huh? Like not so much on the fresh veg in January and February? :) Will bring garlic, sourdough starter again and anti-viral elderberry tincture in 1 or 2 oz bottles. Learning to have stuff parsed out better!

    December 28, 2010

  • Beth

    we will be soon moving to Portland, and are in the process of trying to sell our "farmette" in Cape Elizabeth - so I'll be bringing all sorts of seed starting and plant things, like heat pads, grow lights, a small plastic collapsible greenhouse, etc etc...
    In the mean time, we are on almost 6 acres in Cape E off mitchell Road. If you know anyone who needs a beautiful family home with lots of land, fruit trees and garden space, send them our way!

    December 26, 2010

  • Aaron P.

    Is anyone interested in Delosperma bosseranum as a house plant? I have a bunch of tiny seedlings, if anyone wants one i'll pot one up soon and it should be decently established when this trade rolls around. They look like this when mature: http://www.sukkulente-akzente.de/images/delosperma%20bosseranum2.jpg

    December 19, 2010

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