Preserve Swap Toronto – November 25th, 2013 (HomeEc #23)

It’s time for our fourth preserve swap!

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We leaked the news on facebook and in our newsletter and now’s the time for the official announcement; we’ll be swapping preserves on November 25th (2013) at The Handlebar in Kensington Market!

What’s a preserve swap?  It’s a chance to take something you’ve made for your pantry and swap it with others.  Generally the swapped items are canned goods but we’ve had people show up with kimchi, maple water, sourdough starter, dehydrated foods, sauerkraut, bacon and other preserves!

There’s no fee and no minimum or maximum amount.  We’ve had people show up with a few cans – and others with a few cases (literally).

When you show up (the event starts at 8:00), you lay out your preserves, order a beverage the the bar (our friends at The Handlebar) and check out the bounty others brought.  It’s a great opportunity to chat to others, learn about what they’ve made and see what you are interested in.  Around 9:00 we’ll announce the start of swapping and the bar will become a flurry of trades and swaps!  There will be a standard waiver (acknowledging that you are trading home-made food with friends as opposed to food made in a commercial setting).

This will be our fourth swap – the previous 3 swaps have seen more than 2,000 total preserves exchange hands!  If you don’t have anything to swap, you’re more than welcome to come out and see the types of things others preserve and it’s a great opportunity to ask others about preserving!

You don’t have to RSVP but if you want a reminder, you can stay in touch through our FaceBook event page.

If you’re curious what past events have been like, these posts will help:

We hope to make this the biggest and best yet – will we see you there?



  1. Sharon hart says:

    I’m still hoping that as you now venture further afield and become part of a larger community, you will reconsider changing the event name for your seasonal preserve decorating to “primp” your preserve or some such. As you present to different audiences, many of who work in violence prevention, your casual response of “but that’s what we’ve always called it” may actually detract from the good work you are doing. Fingers crossed…

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