This is Day 328 of the Green in 365 series!
By Sara from Your Thriving Family, Contributing Writer
Don’t you love homemade foods? That seems to be a huge selling point when looking at labels in stores. “Tastes just like homemade!”
Well, we don’t always have time to make the variety of things we’d like to try ourselves – and let’s face it we all have different talents. Maybe you are a great cook, but not such a good baker.
Well, I have a frugal, green and delicious solution for you!
Through their site you can find a group of like-minded, and geographically close, foodies to swap your homemade goods with. Most groups meet once a month. You get to meet new people, taste great food and get to bring home those items you like the most.
You bring a set amount of your homemade goods. These could be things you grow in your garden, honey if you have bees, eggs if you have chickens, baked goods, canned goods or whatever else you can think of! You provide samples of your goods and people write down what they want to swap for your yumminess! Then you choose!
The great thing about a food swap is that it provides community; being able to meet those with different talents and learning from them. The group in my area includes people with canning expertise, something I have been a little resistant to try (at least pressure canning, water bath isn’t so bad.)
Best of all you get to spread your resources. Sometimes you end up having to purchase a large container of something, when you only need a tablespoon – like when making hummus and you need sesame paste. Well, since you are making for more than just you, there’s no waste! And you get to share with others!
Start Your Own
Maybe you don’t see one near you? You can start an impromptu one with friends, or officially sign up to host one here. All you need is a little willingness and some space.
Have you participated in some sort of swap? Clothing, freezer meals, food or otherwise? What was most satisfying for you?
Sara is a full-time mama to three beautiful, sweet & mischievous blessings. Wife of 8 years to a man who has an amazing heart for working with youth. She is a homemaker, gardener, chicken-raiser, doul
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