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Tuesday
Jul262011

The MPLS Swappers are featured in Minnesota Monthly!

lovely jars of lemon confit at the July 2011 MPLS Swappers food swap

I've been busy lately with the MPLS Swappers.  What's that, you ask? The MPLS Swappers gathers once per month to trade food we made, foraged, and grew ourselves, share knowledge with like-minded foodies, and build a community and culture of home food production in an urban environment.

Inspired by the BK Swappers and ATX Swappers (founded in part by the fairy swapmother Kate Payne), I decided to start a food swap up here in Minneapolis. And thus, late last year, the MPLS Swappers were born. We had our first food swap in March and the new of swaps has been spreading like wildfire across the Twin Cities. I've since gathered two friends to help plan the swaps, Swell Vegan blogger A-K Thordin and grassroots organizer Mandy Ellerton. We now throw monthly food swaps for 40 participants, and are excited about the many ways we can grow as an organization and as a community of like-minded individuals. 

Local press in Minneapolis has been eating up news of the swap as fast as we're eating up our jams and cookies, and we're getting featured all over the place. Most recently, Minnesota Monthly featured us on the glossy pages of our magazine in a great article entitled “Ready, Set, Swap”. Writer Gregory Scott did a great job of describing his experiences at a swap, the motivations of participants and the larger cultural interest in food swapping, as well as profiling me and my interest in starting the organization. And it even features a great photo of me (see below)!

The August issue is now available online and at newstands around Minnesota. Click here to read the article online! 

 

To top it off, we are also featured in a short video by swapper and Minnesota Monthly intern Morgan Mercer. She attended the July food swap with her video camera, interviewing people between swapping her homemade cheese. It really captures the energy and spirit of the swaps, and features me narrating the whole thing, so you get to witness my overly enthusiastic personality. Thanks to the wonder of YouTube, I'm able to share it right here on the blog.  So, check it out!

Pretty awesome, right? I love our food swap and our swappers! 

Mandy, A-K, and I are giddy to see how all this publicity increases the awareness and interest in our swap. We're hoping to facilitate the creation of additional food swaps in the Twin Cities area and larger Minnesota. We'll see what happens! And next month we're going to appear in another prominent Twin Cities magazine, so stay tuned.

Just wanted to let you all know what else I've been up to lately, and why I've been a bit distant on the blog here. But don't worry! The MPLS Swappers will not keep me from sharing tasty recipes here at my Affairs of Living home. 

 

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the MPLS Swappers...

 


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Reader Comments (3)

Wow....so happy for you! Enjoyed the video, everything looks so good! Sure wish we had something like that around here. Thanks for sharing.

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCherie

Oh kim , this is fantastic , I can not tell you how much I enjoyed this post as with all your posts this gave me such enjoyment as I read about all you have been up to, thank you for the great details about what the swappers are all about I sure wish I was there with you guy's... I make some pretty good Kombucha ...if I do say so myself ...lol.. I loved getting to see that you are finally getting some much deserved exposure through the magazine , that is just awesome. I loved your photo in the article and getting to see you do the voice over on the youtube clip was so great , You are such a truly gifted and highly talented awesome person , I am so grateful for this post it is my very favorite ...but then I don't know you have done so many that have been so helpful to me so I guess I will say this is my new favorite . So glad you are doing so well and having a happy Summer , much love and all good vibes to you sweet girl XO

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I love this idea! I'm in Montreal and would love to get something like this started as it seems there isn't anything going now. What a great concept!

Jennifer

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
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Hi reader! My schedule as full-time grad student with two part-time jobs doesn't allow me the time to manage comments. I hope you enjoy what you find and can figure out answers to any questions you may have. xo