Farm Market Swap


This afternoon I’m heading out to the home of a friend who is hosting a Farm Market Swap.  There is almost no better mail to receive than an invite to an event like this.  Every time I see this friend’s return address on mail, I know whatever is inside is going to be good.

This morning started early, as I was planning on baking Almond Biscotti.  Then I realized, it was only 5:15 a.m. and everyone else in the house was asleep.  Probably not the best time to use the electric mixer.  Instead, I pulled out some frozen muffins, made earlier in the week, and put them in the oven.  They were able to bake while I started gathering up other items from the pantry.

Until the invite from my friend came, I had never heard of a Farm Market Swap. Well it isn’t the first time I’ve learned about something new from this friend.  Back in the Spring time, she hosted a Hen Party.  I wasn’t sure what it was exactly, but I knew from the invite I would love it.  I wasn’t wrong.

Hen Party  Sign

Okay, there wasn’t a picture of grass on the sign, but I didn’t want to advertise someone’s name without first asking them.  Speaking of signs, didn’t she do a great job on it?!

All the food was made by this friend.  Not only was it good, but it was also pretty.

Cupcakes on Platter

And though we didn’t actually talk about hens, I could pass up taking a picture of the ones pecking around their yard.

Chickens in Pen 2

The gracious host gave everyone a gift bag with goodies inside.  It included eggs from her hens.  What a fabulous surprise!

6 eggs in carton

Based on that experience, I’m looking forward to this afternoon.  Even though I’m excited, I’m also a bit nervous.  Not quite sure what to expect.

“Come spend time with girlfriends and swap yummy treats, recipes, or just conversation!”

Here are most of the items I’m planning on taking:


Spiced Peaches

Crushed Tomatoes, yellow and red

Pizza Sauce

Tomato Jam

Tomato Marmalade

Blackberry Syrup

Blackberry Jam

Peanut Butter Oat Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Almond Biscotti


Yesterday was spent, among other things, making the blackberry syrup and two batches of blackberry jam.  The syrup would have been a lot easier to make if I had a juicer or jelly bag.  I won’t be making it again until I have one of those two, since there was so much juice left in the pulp.  As for the jam, I am going to look into a berry screen for my food mill.  I prefer blackberry jam to be seedless.  It didn’t happen this year as the availability of blackberries came up at the last minute.


The ingredients for the biscotti.


So what do I still have to do to prepare for this afternoon?

Finish labeling jar lids with contents and dates

Add my name to the jar lids

Cook and cool biscotti

Finish cooling muffins

Place muffins and biscotti in bags. Label with contents, date and name

Figure out pricing and get change (in case someone wants to purchase items instead of trading)

Have you ever been to an event like this?  Would you like to?