If you are like me this summer has been a bountiful season filled with all kinds of amazingness. I am bursting at the seams with all kinds of amazing food I want to share. Join me for the first ever Sacramento Food Swap at Fremont Park October 10, 2015. We are looking forward to partnering with the River City Marketplace for this exciting new event.
If you would like to sign up for the event go to the Event Bright (you must sign up to participate)
If you have questions after you read the FAQ's email me
Here are some details about what a food swap is from The Food Swap Network:
How does the actual swap work? I’m still a little unclear how the whole “bid” process works.A “bid” is only a place to start when deciding who wants your stuff and who you might talk to first. As for the actual swapping, swappers will ideally have a look at their item’s sheet (which tells them who is interested and what they have to offer in exchange). The swapper will make their way over to the person they want to trade with and seal the deal. If a swapper doesn’t get as many offers as items they have to offer, then they can go around and just chat with people and see if they’re interested in trading. It always works out really nicely.
The order of offers on the sheet is arbitrary; you should go down the list according to what items you actually want, not who wrote their name down on your sheet first.
What do people usually bring?Anything that they’ve made or grown themselves. We’ve seen homemade bread loaves, empanadas, lavender infused vodka, duck eggs, marmalades and preserves, marshmallows, cookies, canned peaches, bundled fresh herbs, sausages, limoncello, homemade pasta, bags of pecans, pierogies, pies…you name it!
Can I bring a sample of my item to share with everyone?Absolutely! Samples help “sell” your items to attendees who might not be sure about accepting your offer.
Does writing your name on something guarantee you’ll get it?NO! Swap sheets are just a starting point for hashing out trades when the swap starts.
I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by turning them/their item down. How do I avoid making people uncomfortable?It should be emphasized in the beginning that in no way should swappers feel obligated to accept someone’s offer (if they don’t actually want the item), nor should swappers get their feelings hurt if someone turns them down. Food is a very personal matter and a number of factors – like food allergies, personal preference, utility of the item in their kitchen – will influence someone’s decision to swap. Sure, you can always swap and give away the item, but only if you have extra items to work with, which will not be the case for people who only bring a few items.
Do I need fancy packaging?No. It’s up to you how you want to present your items. Some people are happy to write on the top of their jars with a sharpie but other folks really enjoy fancying it up; do whatever suits you best.
How many people usually attend?It varies by location. Anywhere around 10-15 attendees will make for a fine swap. Any less than that and you all will probably end up with an even array of everyone’s goods, which is still fun. Many cities can host up to 25 swappers comfortably indoors, and some groups are swapping with up to 50 people. (The Sac Town Food Swap is aiming for 25 people)
You can also check out Food Swap network for more info on this swap and other swaps around the world. See you on October 10, 2015!
You have the best intentions and then everything goes down the tubes. You make plans with your husband to go out to dinner for the first time in months and then your son falls and splits his head wide open and requires a trip to the emergency room to get stables (2 staples no anesthetic, he is one tough boy). You make plans to clean the house and get ready for an upcoming party and then Norther California spontaneously combusts and you have to pack it all up and help out some family in need of temporary shelter. Or you go to Costco thinking, I just need to grab a few things only to have one kid with a poop-splosion and then the other one fall and re-split his head back open while dealing with the poop-splosion of the other one leaving you to pack up all of the naked poopy bleeding children and head back to the hospital.
While we are so thankful all of our friends and family made it out of both the Butte and Valley fires with their lives some made it out with little else. We are looking into ways to support regions of California that are near and dear to our hearts and here is one way you can help too. This family lost everything in the explosive Valley Fire. If you have a way to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Pyzer Family Fund
We are slowly getting back to normal here and the staples come out next week. Once everything stops bleeding or burning down I will get back to more regular posts.
Until then, it's been one of those months.
Our Commitment To You:
~We know our farmers and their farming practices
With an eye toward sustainability as well as environmental and social responsibility, we only use produce from local farmers who follow best practices. We are finding people who are being responsible with their use of both organic and non-organic products, and using each when appropriate in the smallest amounts possible. They treat their farm workers well, with the respect for safety and well-being that all deserve. They are doing their best to limit waste and ensure that all of their produce is used. We look at the whole picture to ensure long term sustainability of our product and the entire chain of people who help produce it.
~We know our fruit
We have taken the time to get to know what variety fits best in different applications. Some fruit is best for eating, while other fruit is best for cooking. We are committed to using produce in a way that makes its best attributes shine. Some of the heirloom varieties that we use may be unfamiliar, but the result is surprisingly flavorful.
~We are a work in sustainable progress
Collectively, we have made a commitment to consume less. This is much easier said than done in our modern use-it-once-and-throw-it-away world. As we continue to pursue our commitment to better earth care, we have made changes in our product packaging choices. For our jams, jellies, preserves, and butters, all of the packaging is reusable and recyclable. If you bring the jar back to us, we will give you a jar deposit refund of 50 cents. You can use that towards your next jar of jelly, pay your parking meter, or give your children a tip for their good behavior at the market. It’s up to you. It’s our way of saying thanks for reusing. For any of our grain products the packaging is recyclable. We are moving towards compostable packaging for all of those products. Hopefully we will be there by 2016. We are always a work in progress.
~We are committed to our community
While this is a personal and family passion, we also are committed to Sacramento. Our family has been in the greater Sacramento area for over 100 years. We came as farmers developing a relationship with the land in the early 1900’s and it is a connection we continue to foster today. We will continue to strive to make Sacramento, the Farm to Fork Capital, a place where budding food culture and food education are a top priority. We continue to pursue this passion by teaching food and farming education classes in and around Sacramento.
We live here and we want to see Sacramento shine.
Filter Free Zone
Everything is put through a filter before it gets to us these days. This will be a space where photos will be unfiltered, simple projects will be showcased and more difficult ones will not be portrayed as things that only took a few minutes. This will be a place where I show in photos and short posts some of the things that inspire my family and business. I hope that you will be inspired to try something different!