This month I was fortunate enough to stumble upon the Atlanta Food Swap. And boy, am I glad I did.
I came across a little blurb about the Atlanta Food Swap in the Scoutmob “Happenings” section the day before it was to happen, and scrambled to put something together. I settled on some raw, chia jam made with just fresh fruit and chia seeds. With my 3 jars of strawberry-peach chia jam in tow, I made my way over to the Goat Farm Arts Center on a drizzly Sunday afternoon. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I found was way better than anything I could’ve hoped for.
I walked into the charming little café, adorned with vintage furniture and a wall of faded books. Laid out on the long wooden table at the far end of the room was an assortment of homemade, homegrown and foraged goodies, waiting to be traded. After mingling amongst ourselves and sampling a variety of the foods and baked goods, we made our way around the table and placed “bids” on items, offering swaps. Everyone reviewed their bid sheets, decided which offers they were interested in, and made the appropriate trades.
In exchange for my chia jam, I received some fresh rosemary, some backyard eggs, some lavender whoopee pies and some herb roasted nuts.
Food swaps are an amazing way to meet like-minded people who are interested in getting to know their community and are passionate about food quality. Following the swap, I got to ask Mandy Andree, the founder of the Atlanta Food Swap, a few questions about herself and the Food Swap.
So tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what do you do?
I was born here in Georgia, but I grew up in Charleston, and then moved back here in high school, and have been here in Atlanta since. And now I work here at the Goat Farm, with a metal smith making jewelry.
So do you do any sort of work [outside of the Atl Food Swap] involving food/cooking/nutrition or is this just sort of a hobby?
No, this is just a passion. I really love nutrition and learning about different diets, like paleo, and vegan. I love researching those and learning what’s best for me.
When did you start the Atlanta Food Swap and what inspired you?
I started it back in May, and I actually got the idea, I saw it on a blog of a girl in LA. In LA it’s huge; there are multiple food swaps. I think it actually started in Portland and swept the nation over, and I thought I want one around here! To trade food, and it’s really more so about recipes and community. So that’s what I want, a community that can trade recipes, and tips on gardening, and learn from each other.
If you live in Atlanta, come on out for the next swap on August 4th at the Goat Farm (RSVP on the Facebook page).
If you don’t live in Atlanta, check out the Food Swap Network to find one near you! And if there isn’t one in your city, think about hosting one yourself, and spreading the HASHTAGpaleo mission.
Hiya! I'm Sarah, and I'm a health bent Paleo foodie with a dedication to sharing knowledge and building community resilience. I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Science of Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I have a strong belief that environmental health and personal health are closely intertwined and dependent upon each other; what is healthy for you is generally good for the earth too. When I'm not in the gym or at a CrossFit box, I'm usually cooking, blogging, crafting, or eating froyo. Check out www.primalbitesblog.com for mouthwatering Paleo recipes and proof that clean eating doesn't have to be boring.