South Jersey Swappers Food Swap - It's a way of life and a movement
|South Jersey Food Swappers sign - Welcome to the August Swap|
OMG! I have had these photos in a draft post for over a month and a half! And I'm about to go to the South Jersey Food Swappers next food swap this coming weekend. So much for being on top of my posts. The last weekend of August, over Labor Day weekend, Liz, Nate and I took a ride down to Mays Landing - which is about 20 minutes away from the beaches of the Jersey Shore. We went to the South Jersey Food Swappers event at Connie Perk's family farm - One Flew Over Farm. It was a warm, bright and sunny day. It was also a day filled with great food at a swell location for a swap. A full month plus later, I'm still remembering how much fun we had on the morning of the swap. It was delightful to be a participant and not a host. I met a bunch of new people, a few of whom are followers of my group, Collingswood Food Swappers.
|A full display of the many varied goods for trade|
|Breads, home made "Pop Tarts" jams, butters...|
|My chocolate zucchini bread. A friend gave me some "washi" tape with bicycles on it.|
The take home - I really came away with some great items. Mead. Soft pretzels with a beer cheese dip. Home made soup. A phenomenal granola. A homemade goat's milk soap by Painter Farms. A sweet and slightly savory cranberry compote (which I used in a chicken cacciatore recently!); flavored vinegar; peacock feathers - from Connie's peacocks; and my favorite - a loaf of bread that was an "English-style Muffin Bread" - when you sliced and toasted it it was so much better than any variety that Thomas' could ever even try to create. The English Muffin Bread and the granola lasted maybe to Labor Day!
During the swap - Nate and Liz got to wander around the farm and play. The farm was like being at a miniature children's zoo. Sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, wild peacocks, maybe cows? I can hardy recall the entire menagerie. The flowers were abundant and the butterflies were plentiful. There were giant wooden trains, out-laying barns and sheds, and most fun of all, giant dirt hills for Nate to climb. A few people brought their kids to the swap; Nate had kids to chase and boss around!
|Yes! That's a live goat in the train!|
|Nate. King of the Mountain! For Real. He was calling himself that.|