|Welcome! Check in! Eat!|
Instead of meeting during a bright, sunny Sunday we gathered for an early evening weeknight swap. Maybe we were influenced by the change in seasons, or maybe we just wanted to mix it up...but it definitely delivered a festive, lively atmosphere.
|Conversation at the potluck table|
We met with her and visited both the Foodscaping office and her permacultured urban farm in Berkeley where we met bees and chickens, learned about mushroom spores and more. If you were at the June swap, you might have even been lucky enough to take home some of her delicious honeycomb!
Anyhow, as these things go it took a while for us to sync up our calendars and actually hold a food swap event in her space – so the fact we made it happen made the evening special as well.
|Swappers setting up and sampling|
We drank wine and lavender lemonade (and even mixed the two for an herbal white wine creation).
|A lot of swap talk|
Of course, throughout all this time, we were also setting up our swap stations, cruising through the tables to sample and ogle all the homemade goodies.
|Kimchi and empanadas|
|Assorted jams & jellies|
We also had pie crusts and chutneys, salt rubs and pancake mix, tomato paste and spicy sichuan oil, fruit butters and infused liqueurs, kraut and pickled radishes, biscotti and empanadas. And that wasn't all!
|Teas, doggie suds and boozy marinara|
|Kombucha mother & hummus|
|Pancake mix with jam for two, granola and muffins|
|Biscotti, butters and preserves|
|Salt rubs, marmalades and more|
|My swap scores|
A month later, I am still enjoying my krauts and kimchis, have one pie crust and the marinara sauce in the freezer, am slowly sipping my teas and liqueurs, and haven't even cracked any of the jams yet! Stay tuned for what I'm going to do with those though...grand plans, grand plans I tell you.
Photos are a mix of my own and Patricia Algara's (thank you!). To see more, go to the Facebook gallery here.
Update: You can also read about this swap on The Bold Italic, and see some of their photos here.