Friday, June 6th 7pm
Healthy Living Market & Cafe, 3065 Route 50, Saratoga Springs

w/ Author Kate Payne


Sunday, June 8th 4pm
Oakwood Community Center, 10th Street, Troy

with Author Kate Payne

“Like” Our Facebook page for the food swaps, FSC Swappers,for up to date information.



{fill them out at your leisure, make them pretty! PLUS, you don’t have to rush around during set-up time!}



These ticket allows you to hang out during the swap, sample swap items and check it out to see if you want to come back as a swapper. Its also good as a ticket for author events, when you just wanna come hear/see the author & get your book signed!


By “purchasing” a free ticket you agree to the following:

1) Contacting From Scratch Club at fromscratchclub@gmail.com if you can not attend so that we can give your ticket to the next swapper on the waitlist.

2) Bringing appropriate “to go” containers for all swap items.

3) I will bring nothing that has been canned over 10 months ago (December 2010). Honestly unless you have canned a fall storage crop, say pickled beets, due to food safety we will not be allowing swap items from the 2010 canning season. The time has passed.

ALL items from the 2011 canning season are welcome.


The Swap

Our food swap is a place where you can trade an item you made for another item that someone else made: items are swapped 1-for-1.

You can bring as many or as few items as you want to swap. 1 jar of mustard or 1 jar of mustard, 2 jars of jam and a loaf of bread.

You can bring all the same items or different items. For example, let’s say I’m bringing six items. I could bring 6 “items” of one good (6 loaves of bread) or 6 different items (1 jar of blueberry jam, 1 loaf of bread, 1 jar of vanilla extract, 1 tomato transplant, 1 jar of granola. 2 pints of pickled beets). Just remember that items are swapped 1-for-1. You will place the items, grouped by item, on a table and guests will view the goodies and write their names down if they are interested in trading with you. They will also be required to tell you what they want to swap for your item. Then the last hour of the event will be the “live action swap” where you will look on your sheet(s) to see who wants to swap with you. Then you will find those people, based on their name tags or knowing them personally already, and starting a conversation with them: “Do you wanna swap” “sure” “great””let’s do it”…. or if you don’t want what they are offering, kindly decline and move on.

*Items must be on the table by 8pm to be eligible for the swap*


What To Swap?
Muffins, sourdough starters, vinegar mother, infused alcohol, infused vinegar, DIY extracts, canned veg, meat & fruit, fermented items, Kombucha SCOBIES, homemade yogurt, cheese, wine, jam, pickled beets, beer, dried herbs, potted herbs, vegetable plant transplants, cookies, biscotti, backyard garden vegetable bounty, salad dressings, stocks, cookies, pies, breads, dips & spreads, meals, backyard EGGS, lip balm, soaps, salves, anything that is food, drink or a homemade lotion/balmy/soapy item is welcome. As long as you made the item, the sky’s the limit.

You can also bring items from your pantry that you can no longer use (such as due to new food allergies or intolerances or bordom): those items are NOT swapped for but instead are given for free, to a good home, to the first takers during the “silent auction” part of the program.


SAMPLE Schedule
*Items must be on the table by 8pm to be eligible for the swap*

7:30-8pm: Sign-in, Display Goods & Grab a Refreshment
Sign in, with your name & email address & blog address
Display on the tables & fill out your swap cards (Name & Item Description)
We will have a refreshment bar (non-alcoholic) for your pleasure!
(We will no longer have the potluck food table*)

Browse the Tables
With refreshment in hand, introduce yourself to table-neighbors & new friends and take a peek at what others have brought and start plotting your swapping!

8:30-9pm “Silent Auction”
Write your trade offers on others’ tags (i.e. your name & what you’d be willing to trade)

9-9:30pm OPEN SWAP
Review your tags to see which offers have been made.
Find each other (wear your name tags) & swap away!
Take home your new artisan goods and enjoy!


Food & Drink
FOOD: We are discontinuing the potluck food table, we encouraging you to bring samples of your swap items for people to try as they walk around to “browse the tables”. Please be sure to bring whatever you need to serve your samples.

DRINKS: We will be providing all the drinks.


Donations welcome: Participation is Free! Your donation helps us cover some of the operating costs!

33 Comments Add yours

  1. jody sinclair says:

    I would love to hear more about the possibility of joining the food share group. I was considering doing a “home made goods share”.
    Thank you.

    1. Christina says:

      Hi Jody,

      We will be having monthly food swaps starting in May. Plans are being finalized and we will have details very, very soon!

  2. Jody sinclair says:

    Can’t Wait!

    1. Christina says:

      Details have finally been posted!

  3. Kim (Elias's Mom) says:

    Yet another FSC brilliant idea. Can’t wait to hear more!

    1. Christina says:

      Thanks Kim- details have been updated!

  4. Kate says:

    I’ve added you to the master swap list!

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you Kate!

  5. Arielle says:

    I had such an awesome time tonight. Great food and great people! Thank you! I just wanted to remind everyone who swapped for my strawberry sauce to keep it refrigerated, Enjoy!

    1. Christina says:

      Arielle, Sorry this comment is coming sooOOOOOooooo late! We are so glad you had a great time! Hope to see you at swap after swap!

  6. Liz says:

    SOOO bummed I won’t make it in August, breaking my attendance record 😦 I will be showing my sheep that night at the Altamont fair! Maybe I can get a surrogate swapper to take my loot… 🙂

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