For those of you that have been following me, you know I love to barter instead of paying for things!!! At our Ladies Homestead Gatherings, we have had food swaps, medicinal swap and seed swap. Well we started something new this month and did an all out anything goes swap and boy let me tell you, it was fantastic!

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Many of the ladies bake, can, garden, gather, plant, create etc… and sometimes find that they may have too many things that they created and may not have a place to sell them or even want to go through the trouble of selling them. So, what to do? Swap stuff, of course! The only rules were, 1. Be Fair and 2. Have Fun. 🙂

I make bread so that was the logical item to trade plus a few other goodies. I brought Rosemary Garlic bread, Carrot Pineapple bread, Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin, Candied Figs, Elderberry Syrup, Chickweed Salve and some Honey Coco Coco lip balm. The ladies lined up all their wares for all to see and we went back and forth seeing what we wanted and make a deal if that person would accept our trade. Did I say this was so much fun? Yep it was! At first people were kind of shy but after a couple minutes and after the first trade, things were getting passed around like we were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. 🙂

Here are some of the things people brought –


Ground Beef

Fig Jams










Canning Jars

Homemade Vanilla

Homemade Salves


Condiments – mustards, relishes

Leeks sets

Planting buckets etc……

Ok so this is what I got for my trades:


4 Herb Companion mags, 12 canning jars, 2 cool pieces of pottery, a violet plant, anise hyssop plant, rue plant, vanilla, spicy mustard, strawberry lemonade concentrate, tomato relish, watermelon pickles and collards(not pictured)

I was incredibly tickled to pieces with my trades!!!!Have any of you done this before? I really would love to know!

From now on, this will be a regular activity at our monthly meetings.

Enjoy your day today,


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I wish there was something like this near me- it sounds like fun!


Wow! That sounds SO cool! Wish there was something near-by for this by me.


I love my ladies group. I commented on Heidi’s comment regarding starting a group. I just wish we had it 10 years ago!!!


Heidi our Ladies Homestead Gathering just went national as a non profit. Maybe one can be started in your area!!! If you are ever interested just contact Cyndi Ball at


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