Local Product Swap – the best that Springfield MO and Apex NC have to offer

Whenever someone new comments on my blog, I try to hop over and see what their blog is about, and leave them some comment love. A few weeks ago, I clicked onto Kelli’s blog, She Crab Soup, for the first time.  The first post I saw was announcing a swap of local products with a dollar limit of $15.  That sounds fun, right?  So I signed up on a whim, and a few days later I found out I’d been paired up with Elizabeth from North Carolina.

She sent me a great package of goodies — some local honey (with the comb still in it — can I do something with that?) and barbecue sauce, along with some postcards showing the downtown of her town, Apex NC.


I come from an area where we know a bit about barbecue ourselves (cough cough KC BBQ is the best cough cough) but I always love to try new sauces.  She says it is great on meatballs, so that’s how I’ll have to eat it!  (Bone Suckin Sauce?  Meat BALLS?  I can’t help it — I’ve got Beavis and Butthead laughter going off in my head like crazy!)

And what’s MO amazing than a gift from Missouri?  Here’s what I got for Elizabeth:

My go-to gift item from Springfield is always Askinosie Chocolate.  It’s an amazing bean-to-bar company that goes beyond fair trade to develop relationships with cacao farmers all around the world.  (And the chocolate is just. so. good.)


I blog-stalked Elizabeth for a while and decided to make her a mix CD of local Springfield artists, since she obviously loves music.  (Check out her Songs from the Unknown series!)

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I finished out the box with the book Winter’s Bone (set in the Ozarks and written by a local) and a can of cashews, along with a recipe for Springfield-style Cashew Chicken.


What’s the best local product from where you live?  Have you ever participated in a swap like this?

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28 thoughts on “Local Product Swap – the best that Springfield MO and Apex NC have to offer

    • I am excited to try the BBQ sauce! I got super excited about the swap as soon as I had the idea to make the CD for Elizabeth. It just seemed like the perfect thing for her. Plus, I got to discover some new local artists, which was really fun.
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  1. Great goodies you got there – that BBQ sauce sounds delightful 🙂 Now I want meatballs!! Hmm will have to try some of those chocolates yum! 🙂 Especially great for cooking purposes, hehe. Have a great one Sarah! -Iva
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  2. I see Big Smith on that mix CD. Love them!

    I just heard about Springfield and it’s cashew chicken association a month or so ago. Can’t wait to read that NYT article.

  3. I guess crab is local to Maryland but I wouldn’t want to ship that anywhere ;). Cool products you received and the chocolate you sent her sounds lovely!!!! I organized a gift swap for my reader last year but it overlapped with Christmas so some people didn’t send/receive theirs yet! I might do it again this year, but maybe in the lull of summer.
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    • Wait a minute… Northampton Massachusetts? As in, home of America’s largest yarn store? Yep… you can be sure if I’m ever within a 100 mile radius of there, I will be visiting your town!

    • Are you on Long Island? I think that’s where my husband is going with the college kids this week for their Spring break mission trip. Small world!

  4. That’s a really cool idea!! I am not sure what I would send…there is someone who makes homemade soaps and body creams, and someone else who makes homemade chocolate. There is a local salsa company that’s pretty good. It’s interesting to stop and think about it!

    The CD was a great idea!
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    • All of those things sound great! And I bet you’d be surprised what you might find… I was visiting my family in Northwest Missouri this weekend and we visited all kinds of neat little shops, including the biggest and best quilt shop I’ve ever seen. In a town of 2,000! Crazy.
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