About a week ago, a wonderful event came to Atlanta called the Maker Faire. It was something I had not heard of before but came to understand that it was an event where people came to share and show off their crafts. As the Maker Faire folks themselves put it, “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.” The closer the day came for this event, the more excited I became.
No, Ryan and I did not personally set anything up, but we did participate. I worked with The Homestead Atlanta, who set a table up for the weekend to spread the word about all of the homesteading goodness that it has to offer all of the curious folks passing by.
Even better than that, The Homestead ATL assembled their first Atlanta Cultural Exchange. This was held beside their booth. A few tables were set up with bid sheets, where everyone who was participating set out all of their goods that they made or grew. You filled the bid sheet out with your name and what you brought. Then, you perused what others brought and placed your bid on their bid sheet i.e. one necklace for two eggs.
Ryan and I brought a few packets of Hopi watermelon seeds (from our watermelons), four comfrey plants, and a few jars of pickled watermelon rind. Before we knew it, we had a few bids on our sheet (it had us feeling all,“you picked me???”). Once the bid was down, the ball was in our court to decide if we agreed on the bartering offer or make a different offer. This played out a few times and when it was all said and done, it felt something like Christmas.
I am still swooning over the handmade pottery we walked away with. I don’t know what it is, but I have a slight obsession with handmade pottery. The lady who traded it was so sweet, she even gave a us a mug without bartering anything in return.
The eggplant, eggs, and relish came from the same folks. You can learn more about them here. I was totally green with envy over their eggs and having chickens. One day my chicken dreams will come true.
The homemade granola, apples, and kefir came from the same place too. So awesome to see folks getting their homestead on.
When most everyone had taken off and we thought the whole thing was over one last person showed up with mushroom kits. As if the day couldn’t get any better. We did one last barter and made out like bandits.
Currently, we are watching these pink oyster mushrooms take off. Seriously, these guys have grown extremely fast and have been a piece of cake to care for.
We can’t wait to start adding these to future dishes. I’m already thinking about some tasty vegetable risotto with fresh pink oyster mushrooms. Oh.my.word. so good.
The exchange was a two day event, but we only participated in the first day. Since I was still there helping with The Homestead ATL, I snapped a picture of what the following day had to offer.
I love this event- what a way to share and encourage one another. Until next time, my fellow makers.