See this box of goodies?
It all started with Serious Eats. Then there was this Facebook group that spun off to talk about non-food things. We talk about all sorts of things, but we talk about food a lot, too. Funny how that works.
One thing that comes up a lot is local and regional foods. Things we have where we live, or things we miss from where we used to live. And then once in a while, someone would offer to send a much-missed product to someone else. Then people started talking about how fun it would be to trade random goodies with others in the group. Pretty soon we had a plan for swapping foodstuffs. Regional things. Home made things. Fun things. Quirky things. Favorite things.
This is what I received from the most recent swap. Pretty awesome array of items, including garlic dill potato chips, Michigan maple syrup, dried cherries, mustard, home made pickled green tomatoes and green beans ... a whole lot of great stuff!
I think it's a blast to try regional products from other places, and in fact, when we travel anywhere I like to scout out the grocery stores to see what I can find that's new and different. How about you? Do you stick to old favorites, or do you try to find new things?