We're excited to host our 15th swap at Green Gate Farms! You'll notice there's now a small fee to attend. We decided, at best, this might encourage people who RSVP to actually show up, and, at the very least, allow us to pay for swap incidentals like printing and re-use items (plates, cups, flatware) so we can transition to a fully zero-waste swap. Leftover revenue from our year of swapping will go to the Capital Area Food Bank (or other local food/hunger intiatives).
Be a considerate swapper; remember to reply to your confirmation email to cancel your order if you can't make it so we can open your slot to the wait list!
What to Bring
- SNACKS/SAMPLES: bring something you made for everyone to snack on. Not required, but it makes the evening tastier (and maybe helps to move your swap item, yeah for taster samples)! You don't have to bring the same thing you brought to trade. Please be sure to bring whatever you need to serve your snackage. We have cups, plates, napkins and forks, but you'll need to bring serving platters, knives, ladles, etc.
- SWAP ITEMS, and a basket or box to carry home your loot
- Pre-print your SWAP SHEETS (and fill out the top portion in advance) if you'd like, not required! We always have blank sheets at the swap, too. Download the sheet by clicking here.
How the Swap Works
Our food swap is a place where you can trade an item you made for another item that someone else made. Items are swapped 1-for-1. For example:
You have a loaf of bread to swap.
You'll wrap it up and be prepared to take home in trade for that loaf, a jar of some home-preserved goodness, a half-dozen backyard eggs, a bag of homemade crackers or cookies, or whatever you see on the table that looks good to you.
You can bring as many items (the same or all different, whatever) to trade as you'd like. We usually bring 5-10 items each, but some folks make big batches of things and end up with 20 or more individual items. The more you bring, the more you take home in the end. All items should be packaged with the principle in mind that all packaged items are equal (i.e. don't expect to take home two items for your one).
The official swap and trade interactions will start right at 11am, so don't show up after then with hopes to swap.
If the parking lot in front of the Big Red Barn is full, please park along the driveway or on the grass near the farm entrance. Please consider carpooling to avoid parking issues!
We look forward to seeing you again and swapping wares!
Swap image above courtesy of Jo Ann Santangelo.
We will send another email to attendees a couple weeks out with tips for new swappers.