Beautiful BC Food Swap at the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

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Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

2300 Guelph St

Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 5K8


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We're back for our first swap of 2017 - it only took us 7 months to figure out a time and place but here we are - at the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market. Since BC Day takes place in August, let's keep the them of Beautiful BC in mind when we're planning our food swap contributions. Think about the flavours of this great province and showcase them in at least one of your items. You might make BC Blueberry Muffins or Okanagan Peach Jam - its easy to do when you think of the ingredients and their source.

If you're new to food-swapping, read the information below thoroughly:

A food swap is an event where you trade your homemade, homegrown, and foraged creations with other participants. Taste. Talk. Have fun!

We welcome everyone, as long as you bring something you made, grew, or foraged yourself. You must pre-register to attend. If you plan to bring a family member or friend who will be swapping their own foods, please register them separately. Kids and partners are welcome to attend with you - the farmers market is a great place for the whole family. You'll have time to shop before, during or after the swap.

Sunday, August 13, 11am - 12:30pm

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market which is located at 8th and Guelph adjacent to "Dude Chilling Park" - also known as Guelph Park. There is plenty of street parking and the market is just one block North of Broadway so public transport is easily accessible. Swapping will be happening under a couple 10 x 10 tents (depending on the number of participants) - stop by the red Market Information tent if you don't see us right away.

There is no fee for the swap. We appreciate donations to cover the costs of small stuff like pens and paper and nametags - we'll have a donation jar at the swap registration table. If you can offer to supply any of these supplies, bring them or let us know how you can help!

What to bring
For a great primer on attending a food swap - visit this page on the Food Swap Network website

• Food to swap: All swap items must be homemade, homegrown, or foraged by you. Think pickles, preserves, baked goods, honey, granola, pasta, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices… but keep it to low risk foods (ie. no canned meat or homemade cheese)! Refer to this list of low risk foods if you have any questions about the type of food to bring.

Bring as little or as much as you like but we recommend at least 10 pieces total to be able to have the full swap experience. This swap will be limited to 15 people. You can bring a bunch of one thing or multiples of a few different things. The possibilities are endless! Keep an eye on the attendee list after you register - you'll get a sense of how many people will be there and what they'll be bringing.

Keep in mind that swappers will be examining and picking up your goods, so be sure to package them in a way that protects the food and makes it clear the amounts you want to swap. When applicable, it is recommended that you include storage and shelf life information. If your product is better in a cool environment, be sure to bring a cooler or ice packs and ensure that your package says "keep refrigerated".

Package for presentation too! Ziploc bags are fine but fancy cello bags with ribbon may be what catches the eye of a prospective swapper. Show off your presentation skills by bringing a little creativity to the party!

Consider portion sizes. An entire cake will only have a few dance partners if most of the swappers bring jams and pickles. Consider portioning cookies into packages of 6 or 8 or 12 - rather than an entire batch.

Bring samples so people can taste before buying! We will provide a hand-washing station but please prepare samples so they are easy to try and won't spoil if it is hot out.

Swap card: Swap cards help people learn more about the items you've brought. Bring one swap card for each different item you're swapping. For example, if you're bringing 5 jars of strawberry jam, 5 jars of apricot jam, and 10 bunches of rosemary, fill out 1 card for the strawberry jam, 1 card for the apricot jam, and 1 card for the rosemary. Fill out the top part only (Who, What, Notes).

Download swap cards here. (Best to complete them in advance although extras will be available on site)

• Release form: Please note that you will need to sign a release form in order to attend. We'll have copies at the site - you can sign there. For an example of a release form, check out this release form here.

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The Honour Code

This is a community event; however, participants must pre-register, which means this event is operated as a private club.

In addition, all swap participants adhere to an honour code of using the highest cleanliness standards in their own kitchens and gardens to prepare their swap items. Swap participants must agree to the following terms before registering:

• By participating in this event, you are acknowledging that the food items being shared are not necessarily prepared in commercial kitchens or spaces inspected by any government agency.

• By participating in this event, you are also acknowledging that you will use the highest standards of safety and cleanliness in food preparation.

• By participating in this event, you assume all liability; specifically, you agree to not hold liable food swap hosts, swap venue owners/providers, or other swap participants.

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