First, I want to say this: As Founder & Editor of FSC NO ONE edits my writing but me. Boo Hoo for me. Do I wish this wasn’t so? Will I try to beg a fellow FSC Contributor to edit my stuff? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes indeed. Sometime my brain does weird things, I’m hoping you can relate, such as writing Marisa’s last name as McClennan instead of McClellan ALL. OVER. THIS. BLOG! I wrote it fine in some places, then in others mangled it like a champ.
Ugh. (head meet desk).
Soooo Marisa McClellan (by the way, if you were wondering, I misspelled her name again but caught it) of Food in Jars the blog and the book, is a fabulous person both on and *off-screen*. She is a blogging, cookbook and teaching *star* in my books and I think the 15 students at her class on Sunday would say the same. I think FSC Swappers would agree too- her author talk was informative & honest. We had the most lively Q&A period we have ever had!!! Marisa swooped into town and spread her fabulous-ness everywhere she went during her all-day stay with the FSC community.
Marisa is an impressive teacher and if you have a chance to take one of her classes, DO IT! Don’t even think about it- do it. She is a master at the food preservation craft and she knows her stuff! All 15 ‘Spiced Plum Jam’ students either gushed post-class or have written kind emails saying how much they loved, and more importantly learned, from her class. I have already seen photos of first-time jammers with their creations. Its Tuesday. The class was on Sunday afternoon.
Within 30 minutes of the close of her class it was FSC SWAPPERS time to take center stage and yet again, did they shine! Loads of garden bounty and creative condiments to a variety of recipes from Marisa’s book (those were the most coveted!). Every time we host the swap, there is always this minute where I stop what I’m doing and just watch from above the contact chatter, hugs, recipe swapping, and laughter buzzing throughout the swap. The swaps are electric. Friendships have been made, food has been shared & loved. It’s an amazing feeling to know that we’ve hosted 28 food swaps to date. The community keeps amazing me with their creativity and their willingness to share food knowledge with each other. I get goosebumps just thinking about all 50+ of the swappers.
And let’s not leave out the 20+ swap-curious folks we have every month…Every month we get dozens of eager folks come witness the two-hour event who seem to never been wall-flowers but out there asking questions and making friends. It takes some guts to come into a room of 50+ monthly swappers and get your hands dirty. Every month I’m happy to report that swap-curious folks turn into swappers… that’s the goal!
So back to Marisa. What else is there to say? She is an inspiration to all of us food swappers & food preservationists, especially for those of us (me included) that live in small apartments, condos, homes or townhomes. Marisa is the champion of the small-batch and has, I’m sure, single-handedly turned many food-in-jars-curious into food preservationists. Thank you Marisa for coming to our neck of the woods- it was an honor.
P.S. Alana Chernila, author of FSC’s other manifesto, The Homemade Pantry, was also in attendance. As a good friend of Marisa’s and of FSC, she was a student, a FSC Swapper and Marisa’s host for the evening. It was almost too much to have them both in the same room… Two of our most favorite people… and just so you know, Alana will be back in town this fall hopefully as a FSC Troy Swapper but most definitely for more talks & signings! Stay tuned!