Lest I have too many containers of the same peach foodstuffs, I had the opportunity to trade with my friends for their peachy keen goodies. This past Saturday, July 30th, South Jersey Foodswappers held their food swap in Hammonton, NJ, in conjunction with the town's 4th Annual Peach Festival. No better time to have a peach-food-theme than when peaches are at their peak. I brought three peach foods, the aforementioned Peach Chutney, Fire Roasted Peach Salsa, and a Tipsy Coffee Cake.
|Tipsy coffee cakeletts enhanced with bourbon peaches and streusel topping|
Believe it or not, the box mix is a new line of Pillsbury cakes mixes - Purely Simple. Pure ingredients, no artificial flavors or dyes. The cakes come out tasting home-made, which they are, especially if you have doctored the cake mix. I've always been a fan of box mixes because you can alter them and make them your own. This line is inexpensive as far as "fancy" mixes go. Whereas I never liked their mixes and frosting, I'm now a fan of Pillsbury's Purely Simple line of goods. Honestly, they are truly good mixes and easier to make than home-made in a pinch. Look out Duncan and Betty - The Dough Boy is making his moves on me.
|My little supervisor|
Connie had eggs, peach and raspberry pan dowdy's, peach and mango sangria. Karin came in from Philadelphia, bringing drunken cherries and peach rhubarb butter.
Jo Ann brought zucchini relish and probably other items but I was too hot and over-whelmed to remember all of her other goodies. Mary Faith, baked Peaches and Cream muffins. I'm sure I missed some items and people - please accept my apologies for not mentioning you!
There is something so exciting about unpacking your food swap "winnings" when you come home after a swap. Into the freezer when a bunch of cakes and muffins to savor for later. We devoured the peach and blueberry crisp. Nate and Liz are enjoying the fudge. The basil hummus became a part of our evening's antipasti platter. Lauren's eggs, so orange and fresh, were our Sunday lunch. I have preserves for future tastings. The Peach Jalapeno Jam will become part of a sauce for grilled pork chops I'm making tonight. Pork chops, I will add, that are from my friend, Bailey and Thomas' farm, Ardelia Farm and Co. in Vermont. I truly know where my food comes from!
South Jersey Swappers are a genuine group of fun-loving, interesting people who want to build a community of like-minded people who enjoy sharing their foods and home-made creations. Living, eating and cooking my meals, knowing where my food comes from is the best feeling. Eat Local, support small farms!