Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week 45 - Bartering

Frittata with zucchini and onions from our garden.

Pizza! Peppers, onions and zucchini from our garden with homemade sauce.

Green bean and cucumber salad with a thai peanut dressing made from honey from our garden.

Not-so-green chili stew with tomatillos, potatoes, onions, hominy, and chilies from the garden.

Jeanette brought us deli sandwiches. 

Pizza with bacon sausage, peppers, onions, and zucchini with a goat milk based white sauce and homemade ricotta.

BBQ rabbit with a Jerk marinade with BBQ'd corn and green beans.

Bartering has been treating us well. We've traded a breeding rabbit for rice, burlap bags for fruit and powdered sugar and a chest freezer for maple syrup, peanuts, baking chocolate and more fruit. I really enjoy bartering because you trade items someone else needs for items we need. It also helps reduce waste. Instead of the burlap bags and freezer going into a landfill someone who could use them got them. Actually, the burlap bags - leftover waste from coffee roasters - were picked up at the local waste facility because I know a lot of people that could use them. We traded rice for Scooter, one of our American Blue bucks. We had two bucks and only one doe and it just turns out that Scooter is the littermate of our doe so we couldn't breed him. He's an awesome rabbit so our friend, who is going to start raising rabbits took him to add to her new breeding program.


  1. I'm glad you're keeping this going. Sparks some menu ideas for things (like the frittata since I have zucchinis and onions and eggs from my garden and hens! Thanks.

  2. Isn't bartering the bomb baby ! So much more fulfilling than trudging up & down grocery or department store isles.

    Shaking my head why I didn't know you raise American Blue buns. Lucky girl.