Sultans of Swap

  • Posted by: karl
Some of the items we swapped for and the tomatillo salsa we made from them.
Some of the items we swapped for and the tomatillo salsa we made from them.

Last Sunday, while Margaret was in Kansas, I attended the first of what will be a regular monthly Sunday swap event, aka the Portland Trading Post, of the Portland Permaculture group. Held at the Urban Farm Fermentory, the rules are pretty simple: no cash changes hands, don’t start the swapping until everyone’s there and has a chance to look around at what’s on offer, and you can swap with someone or simply “gift” things to each other without taking a return item. With our new hens laying up a storm, and 3 goats milking, we’ve got plenty of eggs, milk, and cheese to spare, so why not trade it for some stuff that we don’t have and would want? It was a lot of fun, the cheese was a big hit, we made some good trades, some new friends, and it seemed that everyone came away feeling pretty satisfied with what they were able to trade for.

Here’s what we brought:

  • 3 quarts of goat milk
  • 4 dozen eggs
  • 3 six ounce containers of herbed chevre
  • 3 large wedges of Ten Apple Farm Mon-cha-cha (Manchego) aged 6 weeks
  • 3 large wedges of Mon-cha-cha aged 3 months
  • 3 large wedges of Peppy (peppercorn) Mon-cha-cha aged 3 months

Here’s what we got:

  • a head of Romanesco Broccoli
  • about a pound of purple garlic
  • a jar of pickled jalepenos
  • a jar of canned apple cider
  • about a pound of tomatillos
  • a box of old fashioned canning jars
  • a milk crate of new fashioned small mouth Ball canning jars
  • 2 homemade tote bags
  • 4 bottles of home brew beer
  • 1 small brick of frozen pesto

Not bad, right? Last night we cracked open one of the home brews and turned the tomatillos and some of the garlic into a green tomatillo salsa that we had on top of chicken enchiladas we made with leftover roast chicken from Friday night. Delicious.

We’re totally sold on this whole barter thing, and can’t wait until next month’s Trading Post. In the meantime, if you’ve got something that you’d like to trade for eggs, milk or cheese, just let us know, especially if what you have is on our wish list:

  • maple syrup
  • beer
  • wine
  • ice cream
  • child care
  • house cleaning

See you at the swap!

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Author: karl