As I’ve mentioned in past, food is one of my favorite things to barter for. I truly believe that food that I’ve bartered for tastes better than food that I paid cash for. To that end, I’ve had some successes in trading for food lately that I wanted to share.
All over the country for the last decade that has been a resurgence of slow food. Food that is grown locally, raised organically and sold at a premium to foodies that can’t get enough of it. The barter benefit is that much of this food is raised on small entrepreneurial farms that have sprung up in every state. The farmers and ranchers are usually big on idealism and short on cash which makes them great people to talk to about barter.
I’ve had a lot of success working through Craigslist and my existing barter and business network in finding local farms to trade with. This has included folks that raise chickens, beef, turkey, pigs and even meat rabbits. I’ve also had success trading for eggs, bread and veggies. Last season I even traded with local fisherman for fresh crab. Bottom line: There are a lot of potential food trades available if you invest the time to track down barter partners.