Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.
Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they chose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.
Last summer, after researching the modern-day food swap trend that’s spreading from coast to coast, I started a swap in my little beach town. A friend and I spread the word amongst our tribe of mamas, and soon a bunch of us gathered in a room full of handmade and homegrown food, all to be swapped without any cash exchanged. Pretty hip, right?
The food part of the swap is amazing, I assure you. Our swap boasts a range of delectable homemade edibles that has included: fleur de sel toffee, grassfed beef jerky, candied jalapenos, limoncello, orange-blossom syrup, elderberry wine, ginger cultured veggies, fresh-caught fish, raw goat cheese, strawberry-vanilla water kefir, and so much more!
There’s something about going home with a bounty of food that you know has been lovingly prepared by the hands of someone you have met, face-to-face. Or that has been organically-nurtured in a local backyard. This kind of hand-created food is infused with mindfulness and shared at the swap in the spirit of community.
I believe it’s the community part of the food swap that charges it so. When you are there, you feel alive, connected! This essence may be the reason why food swaps are popping up all over the country; we are all starved for connection… with our food… with each other… with our bodies and what we put into them. Food swaps bring it all together, building community around wholesome, homemade and homegrown food.
Food swapping caught on quickly with my clan and our gatherings garnered some local press. Now we have new faces joining us each time we meet! Through these simple, homespun events, our intimate group has strengthened and grown into something new; something better. It is true, homegrown kinship at its best!
*Images courtesy and copyright of Kollene H. Carlson, Blonde Cow Photography.
This month we welcome Liz from A Natural Nester. Liz has been a regular contributor to the Rhythm of the Home magazine, and we are thrilled to welcome her here today. We hope that you will join us every Wednesday for Liz’s thoughts, photos, and ideas. To learn more about Liz, please visit her blog.