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(article, Culinate staff)
Chalk it up to Craigslist, the recession, or just the desire not to see anything go to waste, but as Culinate contributor Cynthia Lair recently noted on her blog, food swaps are happening across the land. Some folks keep it practical (swapping all those extra jars of green-tomato chutney, for example) while others get all fancy-foodie, making goodies just for the swaps. There are swap groups in Brooklyn, Portland, Austin, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Houston, and the Bay Area. Time to go through those canning cabinets and see what you need to trade . . .