One of the great things about writing on A Passionate Plate is how it has connected us to other bloggers – here in Seattle, and all over the world. One of the women I have become friends with over the past year is Sarah Randall of cook.can.read. Sarah lives in Seattle, too, and I love reading her blog – I feel like she is a kindred spirit. Sarah is also a member of Seattle’s Backyard Barter – a group dedicated to connecting neighbors in order to barter home grown and home made food, related skills and materials. Members trade things like baked goods, canned food, homegrown fruit and vegetables, honey, canning lessons, home brew, seeds and vegetable starts. The group started in Ballard, but they hold events throughout the Seattle area.
Yesterday, Backyard Barter hosted their first annual Urban Food Fair celebration at Seattle University. It was great to see so many people sharing what they had made and grown at home.
Joy and I were invited by Sarah to participate as pie tasting judges. Whoo Hooo! We were joined by Siiri Sampson from the blog www.ahalfcup.com and Addy Fiorito from Food Revolution Snohomish County. Once again, it was another chance to make new friends – and eat a whole lot of pie. I mean, A LOT OF PIE.
Being a pie tasting judge is actually quite a lot of work! I think I am still full this morning… but it was totally worth it.
If you live in the Seattle area and you would like to join Backyard Barter or just check out their next event, visit their website: www.backyardbarter.org. We’ll post more information on our Facebook page, too.