***Although all of the photos below are of produce, this exchange is certainly not limited to produce only. Read the very bottom of this post to get some ideas on other good things to pick up and exchange from your farmer's market.
Last year I organized The First Annual Transplanted Baker Farmer’s Market Exchange.
Ten farmer-lovers from the likes of Alaska, California, and Scotland signed up to take part in the shipping of heirloom potatoes, single-source honey, Seville orange BBQ sauce, hand-tapped maple syrup, and locally-roasted coffee. It was the kind of event that allows a person to not only support their local farmer, but to share the bounty of their hometown with someone on the other side of the country (or even ocean!) It’s a good way to say, “Hey, I live somewhere that produces really good food from really good ingredients, here’s a taste” Of course, it’s always nice to get a box with your name on it in the mail. Especially if that box is filled with surprise market goodies.
This is a call to announce The Second Annual Transplanted Baker Farmer’s Exchange. You. Yes, you, want to sign up for this. Ten partakers isn’t a shabby number for an inaugural year, but twenty (or more) partakers this year would make my little heart swell.
Now, the whole charm of summertime is that you get a chance to slow down, drink a beer outside, and forget about the stresses of the other 9 months of the year. With that being said, I’ll give you til the end of the month to sign up for this exchange and an additional month (prime market season!) to collect the market goods and ship them out to your exchange buddy. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to sign up right here and now, but to ensure that you have ample beer-drinking time, we’ll say that Wednesday, June 30th will be the last day to sign up and Saturday, July 31st will be the last day to ship.
Write a comment at the bottom of this post letting me know that you’re interested, or send me an e-mail at: email@example.com . I’ll match up the exchange buddies during the first week of July.
*The beautiful, edible photography was taken at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market by my husband, Bent Are Iversen.
**While sending produce from your hometown is a great idea if it's been shipped within your country of residence (otherwise it's against the law!), there are plenty of other great finds at the farmer's market that are less perishable, and perhaps easier to ship. Just a few ideas: dried herbs, preserves, chocolates and other confects, baked goods, nuts and seeds, syrups, and coffee.