Food Swap Dupage, January 2016


At the January Food Swap, we will cook soup on site for tastings and trade. Come early if you want to visit with us in the kitchen!

Need help getting your budget back on track now that the holidays are over? We will share tips and recipes to help you feed your family delicious, nutritious food without breaking the bank.

Mama Squash Market is a food cooperative organizing in Villa Park, IL.  We are hosting a monthly Food Swap to be held in the Gym at St. Alexander Church, located at 300 S. Cornell Avenue in Villa Park.

This is a FREE event, but headcount is helpful for planning so please take a minute to register and SHARE this invitation with everyone you know who loves food.

Food swaps bring together passionate home cooks, bakers, canners, gardeners and foragers to trade their homemade and homegrown edible goods.

Feel free to make-ahead and bring items still frozen -- such as soup, fruits and veggies you put up for winter, or even baked goods that freeze well.

Examples of items swapped recently: Irish soda bread, decorated Christmas cookies, recipe ready roasted pumpkin, canned fruit, sour dough mother, lasagna, strawberry sauce, spice mix, applesauce, kombucha scoby, gluten free date balls, navy beans staged for freezing or soup, white bean casserole, kale pesto, chocolate fudge, vegan cookies, organic toothpaste and deodorant, festive corn salsa, fruit wine, frozen cookie dough, vegan pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, sosa bread and more!


Who can participate? 

This is not a forum for commercial sellers and growers. All participants must be individuals trading goods they made or grew themselves. Some examples of popular food swap items include jams, pickles, salsa, relishes, baked goods, granola, spice mixes, pasta, vegetables or herbs. Please feel free to bring samples for tasting (not required).

How does it work?

Items are swapped one for one, and people will want to examine your goods, so keep that in mind when making and packaging your goods. Bring as many or as few items as you want.

1:00-1:15: Swappers set up and make a swap card for each different item they intend to swap (available at the event). If you bring 5 jars of jam and 2 bags of granola, for example, you would make two cards. The card explains what the item is, what's in it (being mindful of food allergies) and suggested uses, if applicable.

1:15-1:45: Everybody then circulates around the room. Interested parties offer bids on the swap cards for each item they are interested in trading for. This is just a way to open discussion. You are not obligated to swap with anyone, even if you bid on his/her item or he/she bids on yours. Actual swapping takes place through discussion and agreement. REMEMBER, NO MONEY IS CHANGING HANDS. All swaps are by barter only.

1:45 Swapping begins! Once you have swapped all your goods, you are free to gather your goodies and leave. By the time the event is over at 3:00, you should have some tasty new treats!

Do I need to bring my own table?

No, tables will be provided. All you need to bring are the delicious goods you will offer to swap!


Contact Betty Amore at or call 630-688-3729.

DISCLAIMER: All goods are made in home kitchens by private individuals, not professionals. We expect all swappers to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and food safety in the preparation of their items. Nevertheless, by participating in the food swap you acknowledge that the items available are not made in licensed kitchens or inspected by any government agency. Mama Squash Market does not provide any guarantees or assurances about the safety of food swap items.


January 16, 2016 at 1pm - 3pm
St. Alexander Church Gymnasium
300 S Cornell Ave
Villa Park, IL 60181
United States
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Betty Amore · · 630-688-3729

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