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Almonte Food Swap

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Mississippi Mills Public Library, Almonte Branch

155 High Street

Mississippi Mills, ON K0A 1A0

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Welcome to Almonte's First Food Swap! Meet your neighbours and bring home some tasty treats at the same time!

We welcome everyone from hobbyists to chefs; we just ask that you bring your best offerings to share.

For swapping, appropriate items include home canned foods, jams, chutneys, pickles, oils, syrups, baked goods,candies, and more.... If you made it, you can trade it!

How does the swapping work? All you need to do is bring 5-10 items (though some people bring more, some less), which can range from a jar of last season's jam to a loaf of bread you baked that day. The swapping itself is a friendly and casual barter transaction based on bids. You will make in-kind trades with other swappers and leave with tasty new treats for your pantry. In most cases, swaps are one-to-one; this is a casual neighbourly event, not a market to haggle over value. We suggest bringing extra for samples, and while packaging and presentation is wholly up to the individual, recycled containers are encouraged.

Schedule:

1-1:15 PM: Check-In, set up
1:15-2 PM: Announcements, sample foods and mingle.
2-3 PM: Swap!

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BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME:

  • Have your items already packaged and labelled for swapping
    • Put into jars/bags
    • Label your goods!
    • Think in terms of swapability when it comes to portion sizes. A one-to-one trade of items is strongly encouraged (e.g. a loaf of bread, 6 cookies, or a jar of jam or sauerkraut are all about equal).
    • Bring a box or bag to hold your future bounty; you never know what sort of containers you may be bringing home.
  • Print and fill out your swap sheets (saves time!)
    • You will need one sheet for each type of item you have. e.g. if you have 3 jars each of 2 kinds of jam, you need 2 sheets. Swap sheets will be emailled to you after you register.
    • Be sure to include dietary notes like GF, vegan, or contains nuts.
  • Bring appropriate serving utensils/platters/containers for sharing samples.
    • Please label them on the bottom to ensure you get them back.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE (1-1:15pm):

  • Check in at the main table and make a nametag.
  • Fill out your swap sheets, if you didn’t do it ahead of time.
  • Find a place for your items on the table, and put your swap sheet next to them.
  • Put your snacks/samples on the snack table and be sure to label them!!

SAMPLE AND MINGLE (1:15-2pm):

  • Eat some snacks, have a drink, chat with your neighbours and peruse what others have brought.

  • You are welcome to start putting your name/items down on anyone else’s sheet at any time, just wait to make trades until the host open up the swap floor.

  • If you see an item you want, write your name on the item’s sheet. You can include what you’re willing to trade, if you want.

  • You are not tied to your name being on a sheet, so feel free to write down your name more times than you have items!

  • Don’t be intimidated if there are already lots of names on a sheet. You still might get it!

  • Likewise, don’t take it personally if there are few (or no) names on your own items. It’s possible your sheet was hidden, or you arrived too late for many people to see it.

SWAP TIME (2-3pm):

  • There are two main methods:
  1. Head back to your item and seek out the people who signed up for yours, then negotiate.
  2. Seek out the people whose items you signed up for, then negotiate.

  • Do not be discouraged if they say no, and do not be afraid to say no! Food is personal and there are many factors that go into a swapper’s choice.

  • If your verbal trade is successful, be sure to make the physical trade right away.

  • If you’ve traded all your items, be sure to remove your swap sheet from the table. Removing items helps people know how much is left available to trade.

  • Once you’re done trading, feel free to stay and socialize, but make sure to stay out of the way of active swappers!
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Mississippi Mills Public Library, Almonte Branch

155 High Street

Mississippi Mills, ON K0A 1A0

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