Trade and Barter

| 1/10/2012 9:27:33 AM

Tags: barter, trade, hoophouse, Sherry Leverich Tucker,

hoophouse greensA couple of days before Christmas I picked several bags of greens, lettuce and spinach. I was just going to share it with friends for a holiday treat. Little did I know how much I would actually gain from it!

After making all my stops, and having a few visits at home I had a dozen eggs, 2 buckets of sweet potatoes and winter squash, rum balls (so yum), some smoked meat and 2 quarts of fresh, local honey (well, I bought that). The added bonus was the joy of fellowshipping with some friends and neighbors. 

This type of giving, trading, and bartering takes time. I think it is a great benefit to see the skillfulness of neighbors that we are surrounded with and be able to give and share in our own ways. It is always worthwhile to spend time doing that.

Try it out! It starts with sharing. 


photo credit:  Caleb Tucker.  photo of me picking spinach in the hoophouse.

sherry tucker
2/19/2012 3:23:24 PM

Andrea, I love your aspirations! I will keep in mind your desires and try to find some resources for you. But, don't lose hope and work on gaining experience now, where ever you are and situation you are in. Local farmers markets might be a good place to meet farmers willing to let you help or tour farms and learn some hands-on farming. Thanks for reading and posting your comment and good luck with your search!

andrea miller
2/4/2012 1:50:20 PM

I'm trying to get into modern homesteading in Missouri. All of your articles are an extreme inspiration to me, although I find myself losing hope lately. My husband and I are new to the idea of self sufficiency so we thought it would be better to rent a place while we learn and save money. I'm having a very hard time finding farms for rent in MO. Do you know of any resources for finding farms to rent or even just farms that I could volunteer on to gain experience. I greatly appreciate all your time and consideration regardless and will keep learning everything I can while we look for a place. Thanks for all the great articles!!

sherry tucker
1/25/2012 12:54:15 PM

Tony, what an awesome story! Thanks for sharing!

sherry tucker
1/25/2012 12:53:32 PM

I agree, Barter Neighbors! Bartering and Trading can empower even those who minimal cash flow, it's a win/win!

tony jenkins
1/11/2012 3:03:11 PM

My parents, living in the city on fixed incomes, are always looking for ways to save money, especially on food. For many years, Dad has grown a few vegetables for himself and Mom, including several types of peppers, some of which are fairly mild, and others that could summon the local fire brigade. Also, for the past few years, the city has sponsored a Saturday market and craft fair, and the 'rents are fond of going for a look-around, just to get out to a safe, friendly, and inexpensive environment to enjoy a nice afternoon. Well, one day I dropped by to check on them before making my eighty-some mile drive home from work, and found Dad busy canning some peppers. He mentioned that they were going to the market that Saturday, and I asked if he had ever taken some of his peppers to the market. He answered that he didn't want to spend the money for a booth rental just to sell a few peppers. I said, "No, why not take some for tradegoods", to which he replied "Huh? Do people do that anymore?". I assured him that there is a thriving trade- and barter-economy out there for those that are interested. Well, when I spoke to him the following week, Dad was all excited, having found a produce seller who had traded several small baskets of vegetables to him for a couple of pounds of his peppers. Since then, the market has closed until the Spring, but now Dad keeps his eyes open(and a few bags or Mason jars of peppers handy), for what he calls his "trading-post" opportunities.

barter neighbors
1/11/2012 12:57:05 PM

This is the kind of success story I like to see. It makes it worthwhile trading the fruits of your labor with one another.

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