Have you all heard of the "Paying it Forward" foodie exchange program? That's where a foodie blogger receives a food package from a blogger friend. A month or so ago, my good friend Velma from the TOMATOES ON THE VINE blog selected me to receive a package of foods from Florida. I got some locally produced hot sauce, flavored oils, spices, Georgia Pecans, some terrific grilling skewers and lots more! See the photo above for what I got!
Whoo Whoo Freebies! I loved it!
I promised to "pay it forward", and offer the same deal to my blogger friends. That is, I will select three bloggers who respond to this idea in my comment section. I will send you a box full of fun local ingredients (nothing fresh, no fruits or veggies, not sure what is legal and safe, so only sealed items). I have discovered that the US postal system works the same down here, meaning I can send a "flat rate" box for $10.95 to the states. If you live any where else, meet me half way and agree to pay any additional shipping costs beyond $10.95 US (I take Paypal). But if you live in one of the 50 states or apparently any of the territories (like the US Virgin islands), the shipping and ingredients 100% are on me! It's my turn to pay it forward!
But, you in turn have to promise to pay it forward as well. At some point in the future, you need to do the same thing. That is offer to three of your readers a chance to receive a package of goods from your area. Sure, in the short run, you are losing money, but isn't part of being a foodie sharing the exotic ingredients and creations we are proud of. I am proud of my new home, and can not wait to share with my friends. When I was in Kansas, I could easily have found Kansan specialties. Same for my time in NYC, and everywhere else I have lived. What is local and common place to you is an exotic ingredient to other parts of the country
I am going to start looking... I have seen a locally made hot sauce (actually, I have smelled it, the guy is a local legend, and he cooks a batch up every month. He lives just down the hill from my home away from Kansas and it makes the whole area smell like a BBQ joint! There are also chocolates made here, maybe some dried spices, Rum ball cansies and Cakes... Heck, Why not some Rum... Not sure what you will get, but you will get a box full of a dozen or so different items.
So, as long as you are willing to play along and pay it forward, drop me a comment that you want to sign up. I will be in touch.