Sandy and I are a couple in NYC that encouraging a sharing/bartering - rather than purely money - economy. It's the basis of our blog, NY Nomads, and our petsitting company, Woof Woof NYC. We encourage everyone to bring at least five servings of a homemade, homegrown, or foraged food. You can bring either one type or multiple types of foods. The more you bring, the more you have to barter.
We will be hosting the first Manhattan Food Swap at Sandy's office, Final Frame, a post production company located in Chelsea, and our event will begin with the food swap element.
If you would like to stick around and enjoy some holiday cheer, you're welcome to hang out after the food swap and join us in watching The Nightmare Before Christmas - which will be playing simultaneously in two of the private theatres in his office.
Free coffee, tea, milk, and popcorn!
You're certainly welcome to share the fruits of your labor and trades, and we recommend a $5 donation that helps us absorb the cost of running this event.
What is a food swap?
A food swap is a recurring event where members of a community share homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods with each other. Swaps allow direct trades to take place between attendees, e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. Swap events often include a potluck as an immediate food-sharing (and sometimes item-sampling) component. These events are a delicious way to diversify the homemade foods in your own pantry while getting to know members of your local food community.
• The first 30 minutes of the swap are devoted to sign-in, set-up, and greetings. Swappers fill out name tags and swap sheets and set up their wares on the tables.
• The next 30 minutes are for everyone to walk around, examine, and sample items from the other swappers. Swappers will write their names and items they brought on the sheets for any items they would like to take home.
• The final 30 minutes are when all the swapping actually happens. Everyone goes back to his or her original sheets of paper, looks at the offers, finds interested offerers via their name tags, and swaps.