Welcome to Bainbridge Barter! Here’s how our Garden Variety Potluck in the Park works. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions.
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday, April 14th at 10 am for our first Garden Variety Potluck in the Park of 2012. This event is an open sharing potluck that enables each of us to share our surplus garden and home kitchen bounty with each other.
Bring a basketful of whatever surplus you have grown or cooked up. If possible, package or bake your offerings so that many people can share the bounty – Think rolls or small loaves of bread instead of one big loaf, 6-packs of eggs, small containers of delicate berries, greens in a large bag so people can help themselves to just the amount they’d like.
We’ll gather around a picnic table on the main lawn area of Waterfront Park, starting at 10 am Saturday. As soon as everyone has arranged their offering, we’ll take a few minutes to share recipe suggestions for what’s on the table and ask questions about anything we don’t recognize. At 10:15 we’ll announce the start of sharing, when we can move along the potluck of garden and kitchen bounty to fill our baskets with our neighbors’ surplus, those things that we haven’t grown or baked for ourselves.
If there are leftovers, we’ll deliver them to Helpline at the first opportunity to extend the sharing even farther. We’ll be done in time for everyone to head to the Farmers Market on the Town Square at City Hall Park while there are still plenty of local foods there to add to your larder for the week.
Most often, everyone leaves thinking they’re heading home with better stuff than what they brought – That’s the magic of a gift economy! But it could happen that you don’t see anything on the table that you’d like to take home. It could happen that you head home with less in your basket than you brought. You’re welcome to remove your offering from the table before the potluck begins if you change your mind about sharing. This is a potluck experience with no guarantees except that you’ll connect with neighbors, learn about what’s growing well in other islanders’ gardens, and head home with a new appreciation for the value of things outside of money.