NPR of course) on the way home last week, I heard an intriguing report. Apparently there are now canning "swap groups." These are people who can, preserve, pickle, dry or otherwise harvest who get together and trade their products with other folks.
The way it works is this: I have a lot of blackberry jam, but no blueberry. I also have a lot of dried basil, but no elderberry wine. You have wine, and you want some of my jam. We trade. Simple, and boy does this sound like a lot of fun.
You know how it is when you garden or harvest wild foods--some years you're just covered up in one thing (pears this year) but something else fails (apples--they got frosted this year). Then there's the fact that some plants just don't do well in your garden but thrive in your neighbor's garden.
Have you participated in such a swap? If so, how did it work? Were you satisfied with the results of your trades?
I would love to try this. I suppose the hardest part would be finding enough people in a local area to participate. But just imagine how all of our cellars would suddenly diversify if we could trade cider for raspberry preserves or garlic for dried apples.
I hope this exchange expands this year. I sure would be like to start one in my area. How aobut you?