WOW! – This swap thing can be sort of addicting. I spent time over the past 3 weeks thinking and planning what to take for the June Swap. I knew I will take soap, people really seem to enjoy trading for the soap, and since I love to make it, that is great. In May the whole grain mustard was a big hit, so I made more to take this month. There are a lot of people that bring different types of bread, so I don’t make/take bread, but I did make granola bars and those were a big hit too! The ginger beer I took was also a big hit, and a few people missed trading for it so have put in a request for me to bring some next month.
I am already looking forward to seeing certain people for specific things…. like goats milk, veggies, jams, and unique preserved things.
What did I bring home this month:
- 3 beautiful cabbage heads (destined for sauerkraut)
- 2 eggplant
- 2 Tatume squash
- 1 large zucchini
- pint of pasta sauce
- kiwi-strawberry jam
- strawberry jam
- plum jam
- hot pepper jam
- bourbon cherries
- vodka cherries
- dehydrated apple
- canned spiced pears
- Fire starts (made from toilet paper rolls, lint & scrap cotton fabric)
- Thieves essential oil
- An absolutely stunning hand forged knife!!
It is hard to pick a highlight, but I am thrilled withe hand forged knife. It is stunning and amazing and I am honored that I had things that he wanted to trade for. I am also thrilled to have some more goats milk to stash in the freezer in preparation for making goats milk soap! I could go on and on, because I am VERY pleased with everything that I traded for. I am also excited about getting some seeds out of the tatume squash an planting them this fall.
What did I take:
- Soap – Lots traded (Lavender all traded)
- Whole grain mustard – all traded
- Ginger Beer – all traded
- Granola Bars – all traded
- Plants (mint, rose scented geranium, basil) – all traded
I always take A LOT of soap to trade and the lavender is always gone first. Everything else I brought to trade with was gone. To me, that is great t know I am making and bringing things people want.
For the July Swap I will expand to a few new things, or twists on things I have already taken. I will make more whole grain mustard, but bump it up a notch by adding garlic and maybe some hot peppers. I will defiantly bring more ginger beer. I will possibly bring some rhubarb fizz (or take it in August). I will make Dijon mustard. I will get more herbs started and hope they will be ready to take in July, if not then August. Need to plan ahead on some of these things.
I have time to think about it and come up with some other ideas.