{FSC Swappers} The New Food Swap Frontier


There I said it.

Its a thing.

Its happening.

You’ve asked, we’ve answered with a THIRD food swap location: Schenectady, NY.
Our fabulous host: The First Unitarian Church of Schenectady.

What makes this such a sweet announcement is that the organization came to us! Longtime reader Melissa, the Church’s Education Director, approached me via email and I was estatic!!!! After a meeting, a tour, and a monthly board meeting, its official! The Board passing the food swaps (and upcoming FSC Academy classes- yay!) unanimously, we are on for May and July and October…and beyond.

You see, to keep things “fresh” in Schenectady and Saratoga Springs we will alternating locations every month on that ohhh soooo special 3rd Wednesday from 7-9pm. Therefore, Schenectady gets May, July & September and Saratoga Springs snags June, August and October… we still haven’t decided what we’re doing for November & December.

May 16, 2012
The First Unitarian Church of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308
30 Swappers —> TICKETS HERE!

Now, let’s not forget to give props to the AMAZING Troy Swappers (look at them up there- all post-swap smiles with their fantastic loot!)

This swap has continued to BLOW MY MIND in the best way possible with 45+ swappers every swap. Every month someone is saying “I swear, this is the best swap yet!” From transplants to fresh roasted coffee to home brew to vermouth cured olives to granola and fruit butteres–> Troy Swappers have got it going on. Golf claps all around.

So much so that, when we can, we are turning the swap into an all-out food event with various companion events, mostly visits from various cookbook authors while they are on their book tour. Last month we hosted Alana Chernila, blogger at Eating from the Ground Up and author of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods you can Stop Buying and Start Making. She gave a moving talk, which you can listen to on our 3rd episode of the FSC Podcast and then she signed books, chatted and swapped (and blogged about it- thanks Alana!)

For May, we are changing things up a bit… Just a teeny bit. The Troy Swap is on SATURDAY, May 19th as an official “Food Revolution Day” Event. That’s right, FSC are the ambassadors for Troy, NY on a day that celebrates each of the steps we take in our lives to {make} food matter .

Each step we take in our kitchens, our gardens, the local farmers market, the grocery store, in school and around town moves the food conversation a little further in a positive direction. Our swaps are an example of communities coming together to celebrate food, so why not embrace the day and swap!

In addition, we will have a very special guest:
Elizabeth Barbone of GlutenFreeBaking.Com

Elizabeth Barbone is a local author of gluten free cooking & baking cookbooks. Her newest book, How to Cook Gluten Free: 150 Recipes that Really Work was just released by Lake Isle Press. Elizabeth will be on hand to sell & sign books and give a book talk and share her thoughts on National Celiac Month! Since Elizabeth will be in attendance, we will have both ‘Swapper’ and ‘Swap Curious/ Author Event’ tickets available.

May 19, 2012
Oakwood Community Center, 313 Tenth Street, Troy NY

As always, if you are interested to get first-dibs on tickets and read about the world of food swaps, join our facebook page dedicated to our swaps: FSC SWAPPERS.   You can also read more about food swaps, and future dates on our (finally) updated page: FSC FOOD SWAPS.

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Categories: Cookbooks, FSC Food Swaps, Gluten Free


Finding her true calling, connecting people to their local foodshed, Christina is the Editor & Founder of From Scratch Club and a proud CSA Member & Market Crew member of Kilpatrick Family Farm. At the homestead, she is the Chef de Cuisine, Master Baker & Head Food Preservationist to her husband Charles and their 2 year old son, Miles Jae. Although always a supporter of local, sustainable, humane and whole foods, Chris is now on a serious mission to bring those principles into her kitchen due to Miles Jae’s multiple food allergy diagnosis, asthma and the rare disease, EE. All of her recipes are dairy, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten/wheat, pea, corn & sesame free.

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7 Comments on “{FSC Swappers} The New Food Swap Frontier”

  1. ginamodschooler
    May 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I’d like to try for the Troy swap, do my kids need tickets too?


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