When I was a kid, I loved the thought of having a pen pal. In the 2nd grade I had my first pen pal and remember how excited I was to send a letter to someone unknown and to receive a letter in return. At the end of September, I heard about the Foodie Pen Pal program from my friend Nanci from ” This Crazy Life Of Mine.” She wrote about Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean.
I was SO excited to be a part of this Food Pen Pal group, both because I was able to put a box together for my pen pal but also because I would receive a box from a completely different person. I had the pleasure of being connected with two amazing people, Sharon from Delicious Musings (who had me) and Megan (my foodie pen pal).
As it turns out, Sharon new of my affinity for “Down East” food and sent a package of goodies from New England!
The Maple Candy from Brown Family Farm was a big hit as anything made of pure sugar melts quickly in the Florida heat.
Next on the list was a jar of natural hone from Windy Hill Farm in Windham, Maine. I put honey in everything, so this is a delicious staple to my pantry
A jar of Maine Wild Blueberry Jam was also in the package from Maine Jams & Jellies Inc. At least I think there was, as it did not last very long!
And finally a delightful book called Sugar and Salt, Book One. It is a collection of recipes, crafts, thoughts and stories from author and chef Annie Mahle who owns and operates a floating restaurant and B&B on the Maine Schooner J. & E. Riggins.
Besides the blueberry jam, I cannot wait to dive into all of these wonderful items!
Thank-you so much Sharon!
So, do you wanna join us?! Here’s the deal:
-On the 5th of every 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 are 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 Penplas is open to US & Canadian 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.
If you’re interested in participating for November, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
You must submit your information by November 4th as pairings will be emailed on November 5th!
*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!