Remember earlier in the week when I wrote how food bloggers should be friendly and communal with each other?
Well, another blogger out there had the same idea back in September of last year and thought it would be a lot of fun to start a Foodie Pen Pal program. Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean took our childhood memory of having a pen pal and turned it into a great big foodie swap across the US (Canada and the UK get to participate too!)
This was my first month participating and I had a blast picking out items for my pen pal and of course sitting and waiting for the package to arrive from mine! Oh, and the best part of the entire program, you actually don’t need a food blog to join! I’ll get to the fine print in a bit, but first I want to share what my pen pal sent.
My pen pal was Corey from Miami – one of the readers in the group. When we touched base to say hi and get my address, she asked what type of items I wanted. Me, being the travel lover that I am, wanted to taste some local goodies from Miami. Corey did not disappoint and picked out some really amazing and interesting items! A big thank you Corey for the wonderful package!
In my package was some local honey (too bad that won’t help with hubs allergies!), some orange cranberry bread, Florida Sunshine spice blend, Shawnee’s Greenthumb Popcorn and Cashew Herb Nori Crackers.
We dug into this seriously 2 minutes after I finished taking my photos. We have no self control sometimes!
This popcorn was awesome and the most intriguing flavors I’ve ever had on top of popcorn before. I haven’t had a chance to use my seasoning blend yet, but I bet it will bring a bit of sunny Florida to this cold front we just got hit with again up in NY!
Doesn’t this sound like a lot of fun? Want to join the party? This is how you do it:
Click here – it will take to Lindsay’s blog where you can sign on up. If you don’t hear back from her in 2-3 days send her an email or a tweet! Foodie Pen Pals is growing each day, but she will get back to you! Also, below are the guidelines, so please read them through first!
Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!