Monday, September 24, 2012

september food swap

the fourth south jersey food swap was a success. there were about twelve swappers and a few mini-swappers trading play-dough, plants and handmade jewelry. other items up for swap were:

  • homegrown produce
  • pollinator plants
  • raw lara bars
  • dried hydrangea
  • granola
  • flax crackers
  • mod podge
  • wine bottle tiki-torches
  • oil-free salad dressing
  • roasted eggplant and red pepper dip
  • homemade soap
  • strawberry applesauce
  • and a variety of baked goods.

this time i swapped crocheted apple cozies, raw fruit wrap-ups and herb bundles consisting of sage, rosemary and thyme. you can see in the first two photos the little fruit rolls i made for sampling. the kids, who we know can be the toughest food critics, all gave them the thumbs-up! (and thank goodness kids were there - they were the only ones who wanted my apple cozies!=)

i fell in love with the roasted eggplant and red pepper dip. i've have already made it once, and i'm making it again tonight! it's delicious and nutritious, and it just so happens they were giving away extra eggplant and red peppers at the csa today!

organic csa haul from muth family farm

tonight while the oven's on roasting the red peppers, eggplant and garlic, i'm going to try baking a banana bread with strawberry applesauce in place of the oil. hopefully it doesn't take on a garlic flavor. i'll let you know how it turns out!

edit: it turned out fine! no garlic flavor detected at all.


  1. Adults are fools! Apple cozies were the awesomest thing there! I want an eggplant or squash cozy now too. ;-)

    1. great idea! if i swap again i'll stick to the food items and send the crafts to my blog friends. i know they're a little silly and non-functional, but they're so cute!=)

      funny thing, i found an article that listed apple cozies as one of the worst gifts! it said a person who makes them has lots and lots of cats! ha!

  2. Beautiful! How lucky you are to have that event. I love your apple cozies!!!! I wish I could knit.
    Peace and Raw Health,

    1. thank you elizabeth! they're crocheted, which i think is easier than knitting. a friend taught me the basics in college and i used videos and online tutorials to teach myself to follow patterns. maybe you could find someone to teach you!


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