Now that summer travels are winding down and Slow Food Nation is over, I've been thinking about what's next, and here it is: Foodie Trade.
Most of us in this group spend more time in the kitchen in a week than most Americans do in a month, and we cook up a lot of food. I don't know about you, but I'm often left with a lot of extra jam or vanilla beans I bought bulk to get a good price. As tasty as it may be, it's more than we can eat, and I don't always have the time to invite people over to polish it off.
"Give it to me!" you're thinking. My thoughts exactly: I'm starting a section in our Forum where you can trade tasty stuff you've made for tasty stuff other people made. This way we can benefit from everybody's culinary skills, and not feel
bad at the real possibility of the delicious food we produced going to
Here's how it works: I just cased 30 sausages and I have 10 to spare, which need to be eaten within 2 months after they're frozen. So on the Forum I'll post in the Food Trade section that I have 10 sausages to trade. You can contact me in the Forum and tell me that you have a few jars of home-made tomato sauce to trade, and we'll swap sausages for tomatoes.
I will also post (and encourage you to do as well) ingredients that may be available in bulk, to see if others are interested in sharing the cost - not to mention being more eco-friendly by cutting down on shipping and packaging. For example: I've just been contacted by a woman who sells free-range lambs, but I can't buy even half by myself. Where would I put it?! Maybe others may want to go in on it,so we can get the absolute best meat directly from the farmer, for a better deal where the producer gets more of the end price.
So let me be the first to start... go check out the Forum and see what I'm trading.