Tuesday, March 29, 2011

i'll swap ya

i am constantly
cooking
canning
baking
creating
preparing enough goodies
for a family of 
ten teenage boys
yet
we are not a family of 
ten teenage boys

we do have neighbors
lots of neighbors
who sadly
now that summer is around the corner
don't appreciate being
fatted like a christmas goose
which occasionally leaves me
with excess goodies to share

which is why

i couldn't stop smiling
when i found
i quickly signed up to be part of the very first event

we met at a hip and local joint
each person arriving with 
baskets
bags
boxes
loaded with 
food

lovingly prepared and*or foraged

packaged to delight

it was a small but enthusiastic crowd
each person describing their own wares
while scoping out
what others had on offer
no money changed hands
just goods

goods like
freshly milled wheat
bread warm from the oven
jams, jellies, marmalades and conserves
tinctures, scrubs and freshly cut herbs
elixirs, aperitifs, concentrates
eggs, fruit, pasta and sweets

for two hours
on a cloudy sunday afternoon
we were not urbanites
drinking skinny lattes and talking about gas prices
we were
individuals enamored with 
what the land brings to us
and
how we honor its abundance
by
foraging, collecting, preserving
and 
sharing

transforming a
space filled with bodies
into
a community

a personal thank you to 
emily ho aka misschiffonade
who organized this fantastic event





4 comments:

  1. That sounds like such a neat idea!!! I need to find something like that because I bake way too much to;)

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  2. That is such a cool idea! I wish there was something like that in my area!

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  3. I LOVE this idea!!!
    We have something similar at work, but no just trading-people bring stuff to sell-lame and boring and tired.
    I love bartering. Hopefully if my garden flourishes this summer (like it has in my mental garden), I will be able to trade food for work from my handyman. A man has to eat right?

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  4. That is awesome!

    On another note, I grabbed a "spotlighted" button for my blog, but the code came up as the original button. No biggie, I put the regular one on there, but just wanted to let you know!

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