In a swap based on trust, labels and any information you can offer are essential. For each item offered we ask you fill out an “item info” sheet that lists ingredients, sourcing and preparation for fellow swappers.
How Much Should I Bring & In What Container?
This can vary wildly and we leave it up to each person. But to make the swaps equitable, we suggest quart sizes for many items and/or running @ $10. if priced in the market. Glass jars, sterilized and recycled, are great containers for swapping. If you need to use plastic as a container please ensure that the food was properly cooled before filling.
Examples of Traditional Food Ingredients
Basically real food ingredients. Foods your grandparents were familiar with and preferably local & organic –no processed, factory food ingredients please.
Vegetables & fruits: preferably organic, local and in season
Eggs: pastured chickens & ducks, local & farm-fresh –no industrial supermarket eggs please
Dairy: from grass-fed ruminants, preferably raw –no ultra-pasteurized dairy please
Fats: butter, ghee, coconut oil, palm oil, tallow, lard, cold pressed virgin olive oil, sesame oil no
soy, corn or canola oils please
Grains, Legumes & Nuts: whole, local & heritage species preferred - soaked, sourdough or fermented
Natural Sweeteners: raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated sugar cane –no white sugar or processed
fructose sweeteners such as agave please.
Wild, foraged foods, sustainably wild-crafted: herbs, vegetables, fruits, seaweeds, mushrooms, animals (such as venison), seafood (no farmed seafood please)
Foods you grow or from a local farm. Coconut foods: coco water, milk, oil, flour
Water: spring water, pure well water and filtered water
A Few Examples of Traditional Foods – They are infinite!
Lacto-fermented vegetables and fruits - such as sauerkraut, fruit chutneys, kimchi
Cultured condiments: such as ketchup, mustard, salad dressings
Cultured dairy: such as homemade yogurt, kefir, sour cream, cheese
Slow cooked, gelatin rich bone broth, soups and sauces
Patés, sausages, and other homemade charcuterie, often fermented
Herb teas and cultured drinks - such as kombucha, kvass and water kefir
Sourdough grain breads and crackers
Gluten free dishes - no processed ingredients such as corn starch or potato starch please
Traditional dishes form cultures around the world (All the better if from your family traditions!)
A Couple Cookbooks to Inspire
Any item from these books are suitable for the Traditional Food Swap (but certainly not limited to these items!)
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz
What about Herbal Food & Remedy Preparations?
Herbs, both as food and as natural remedies are a traditional part of a home pantry and can be swapped if you make herbal products. As with the food, please source them organically or ethically wildcrafted. Tea blends, tinctures, digestive bitters, salves, vinegars and creams are all examples of items that can be swapped. Please emphasize food & tonic herbs. Please do not swap potent herbs not suitable for general use.
What About Home Cleaning Products & Pet Food?
If you make your own natural cleaning products or composting activators such as ‘EM’ they also can be swapped. And also homemade pet food sourced and prepared as human food can be swapped.