Field Report from the Portland Food Swap

by Rebekahcooked up on March 26, 2012

I had such a great time at my first food swap that I accidentally shouted at my husband when I got home (with enthusiasm, not with anger). What a great time! I loved meeting so many local foodies and seeing what everyone has made! Brigette and I are already planning our offerings for the next one!

Here’s our little table! We brought gnocchi, which we froze individually then bagged. Also, we pickled red onions and carrots. They are delicious!


Here are some more photos from the day!

That’s Lindsay, the Lady In Charge, explaining to everyone how the day works. First, you set up (already done here). Then, there’s a period where you go around and bid on things with what you brought. Many times, that person will also have bid on your stuff and in the third segment, when the trade begins, it’s a very easy trade! But there certainly was more bargaining going on during the trade period, too.

There were some amazing homemade goods at this event! This table had elderberry liquor, infused salts, and syrups.

Here’s another table being set up with free range, organic eggs and “chocolate sausage,” which is made of chocolate, nuts, pretzels, etc. Yum, and very creative!

And here’s my haul! Brigette and I brought 18 total items and ended up with 18 different goodies. I’ve got some marinated chevre, some savory onion jam, kimchi, caramelized onion chutney, habanero peach sauce, and more! Brigette also grabbed a fragrant bag of dried lavendar (smelled amazing!), some wild arugula pesto, spicy salsa and homemade mayo.

I had such a good time at the swap, I would be ready to go again in a week! But my food probably won’t be gone them, so maybe next quarter in June is a good idea. The countdown is on 🙂


  1. It’s probably okay that you shouted at Dave. He probably deserved it. This looks so cool! I’m happy you shared 🙂

    Comment by Caitlin — March 26, 2012 at 8:03 am

  2. Haha! This time he was just sitting on the couch with Chuff and I was raving like a complete lunatic. Miss you, Cait 🙂

    Comment by bekky — March 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

  3. So fun to meet with other foodies, get inspired with new ideas & come home with a load of treasures. Enjoy the arugula pesto – I was thrilled to trade some for the pickled red onions which are one of my favorite fridge treats. They were the first thing I dipped into and they’ll be perfect on the hummus wrap I packed for lunch today! 🙂

    I’ll be ready for another swap loooong before June. There are a couple of us in NoPo/St. Johns that are considering a swap on alternate months if anyone is interested. Find me here if so:

    Comment by Brenda — March 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

  4. Loved the pesto, Brenda! It was great to meet you yesterday. I’m in NoPo so let me know if anything’s going on with more swaps.

    Comment by bekky — March 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

  5. Thanks for posting this Rebekah. I’m the one that traded you kiwi jam for the gnocchi. I’m glad to hear you had a good time. Personally, I felt overwhelmed. It went so fast for this turtle. I think it would be helpful if they posted tips on the site, like bringing a partner or printing out labels for the offerings. I do have a question about your gnocchi. It melded together in one clump when I got home. I put it in the freezer in hopes that I could just tear off pieces of it and throw it into the boiling water. Do you think that will work? Would love some advice because it looked so yummy. 🙂

    Comment by Billie Jean — March 27, 2012 at 4:09 am

  6. Hi Billie Jean, Thanks for visiting the blog!

    That will work fine with the gnocchi. The dough is totally consistent as far as composition goes. Just tear it off in chunks and boil till it floats! I originally used a fork to add a little texture to catch extra sauce – when the dough thaws, you could just press gently with a fork again.

    Comment by bekky — March 27, 2012 at 9:41 am

  7. Great! Thank you. I’ll try it on Sunday. Oh and let me know how you feel about the Kiwi Jam. I’ve only given it away to two people now. It’s so pretty and I’m hoping it’s a keeper.

    Comment by Billie Jean — March 31, 2012 at 4:35 am

  8. Hello again. Well, I thought you might like to know how I did with the gnocchi. I defrosted it for Sunday and it was very sticky. I tried to dust it in some flour and pressed gently with the fork. They separated and I tossed them in the boiling water but it all fell apart and turned into goo. I was totally bummed because your gnochhi looked beautiful at the swap! Has this happened to you before or did I mess it up somehow? Thanks!

    Comment by Billie Jean — April 5, 2012 at 4:47 am

  9. Hi Billie Jean,

    I’m so sorry it did not work out for you. I’m not sure what happened – I have never had that happen! Maybe there wasn’t enough flour or it wasn’t mixed in well in the chunk that became your gnocchi. In case you’re interested, this is the recipe I used:

    I am very surprised… the dough seemed like it had a really good gluteny consistency when I was kneading it. I’m so sorry it didn’t work out!

    Comment by bekky — April 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

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