The location of this week's trading post was a beautiful historic home in downtown Colorado Springs. Surrounded by many raised gardening beds and with crocus already popping up through the grass, this was the perfect setting for such a community-bonding event. The first hour is for catching up with and making friends. We certainly did that! We got to visit more with Kat, who wrote a great article about our farm earlier this month. We also met people that we had been chatting with via Twitter and so got to put faces with names. Other local farmers were there too and they are just a wealth of knowledge and sharing. Both A Joyful Noise Farm & Manana Farm are located in Black Forest and are working on Salatin-style farms. Exactly where we want to go with our farm as well! Also at the event were outdoor enthusiasts, stay at home moms and eco-event organizers. Even the cutest teeny-tiny ToTo dog!
Let me tell you what I got in trade: Yummy Honey Caramels from Manana Farm, chips and salsa from A Joyful Noise Farm, seeds and seedlings from Barely Escape, hand-milled flour and cornmeal from @Elaynne, chocolate chip bars from Lindsay. Kat traded us chocolate syrup, lemon curd and cute little cakes, we got cookie mix in a jar, delish lip balm, Lavender soap, strawberry banana jam and dried strawberries! The trading goes so fast a frenzied it's hard to remember who made what :( But it is so exciting to bring home a pile of goodies like that for FREE!!! Especially now that folks find their funds a little tighter, it's awesome to have a way to get stuff in trade for a just little bit of your handicrafts and skills. THIS is what community is all about!