Food swap organizer Wendy Weiner (right) samples some of April Lippet-Faczak’s hand-milled oats, which were served with toppings such as molasses, chopped walnuts and fresh bananas. Below, Lois Blake’s chimichurri. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Theres a quiet thrill in making something from scratch, a reassuring sense of independence that comes from throwing together homegrown ingredients to produce something tastier and cheaper than store-bought items.
This is one of the underpinnings of food swapping, which has now made its way to Monmouth County.
Wendy Weiner of Little Silver was first introduced to the concept of swapping when she read an article in the summer 2012 issue of Edible Jersey magazine. A group known as the South Jersey Swappers learned it from a group in Brooklyn, and the trail apparently leads all the way to England.
As soon as I read it, I said, ‘we totally have to do this,’ said Weiner.
Swapping is an easy way to foster sustainability and make participants more dependent on community neighbors rather than the government, she said.