Swap offers opportunity to try new foods

2013-10-03T15:34:00Z 2013-10-03T15:43:11Z Swap offers opportunity to try new foodsBy Lesly Bailey Times correspondent nwitimes.com
October 03, 2013 3:34 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | NWI Food Swap is hosting its next event from 2 to 4 p.m. CST Sunday Oct. 27 at the Michigan City Public Library Room, 100 E. 4th St.

Swaps are recurring events where community members share homemade foods with each other. Members are offering swaps throughout Starke, Porter, LaPorte and Lake counties at various locations.

To attend, a RSVP is requested by visiting https://oct2013nwifoodswap.eventbrite.com/?ref=estw.

Group founder Toni Snearly said she has seen lots of creativity in the group’s first year.

“First timers tend to play it ‘safe’ with the items they bring. As swaps go on, people find new ideas to try at home. So many people come up to me and say the swaps have opened their eyes to eating and making new foods,” she said. “You soon realize that you want to have unique items when swapping; you don't want to be one of five people that brought strawberry jam because a person you want to swap with might have already gotten jam from someone else.

“As we go into our second year, I'm hoping for an increase in attendees. With that, we increase culture, which will result in a wider variety of food products.”

With a change in seasons, Snearly hopes for a mix of offerings.

“There isn't a theme, but the hope is that people will take advantage of the local foods that are currently in season. We're lucky to live in an area with so much available,” she said.

Snearly said any foods can be brought as long as these guidelines are followed: Food has to be homemade, home-canned, homegrown or foraged.

“We’ve had everything from baked goods to fresh produce to jarred goods to grass-fed ground beef and eggs. The idea is to be able to diversify your pantry,” she said.

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