Last month, I saw a random tweet hit my feed from fellow Philly blogger, Stephanie, from My Tiny Philadelphia Kitchen (http://mytinyphiladelphiakitchen.com/) which immediately grabbed my attention. She mentioned she was heading to the Reading Terminal Market to pick out items for her Foodie PenPal. I couldn’t help but inquire a bit more. Stephanie was kind enough to share with me the details of the Foodie PenPals program and refer me to a blog called, The Lean Green Bean.
Foodie PenPals is a program started by Lindsey of The Lean Green Bean in September 2011. It was born from a random idea and has grown from about 30 participants the first month to over 1,000 blogger & reader participants in the US, Canada and most recently, plus several hundred in the UK. It is the coolest idea ever and much props to Lindsey from The Lean Green Bean for her incredibly creative idea and to her fantastic attention to detail with this well-orchestrated program. Foodie PenPals has been so much fun to be a part of, you should totally check out the program to learn more.
And with that random tweet from Stephanie, I became part of the June Foodie PenPals program.
For my June Foodie PenPals I was paired with a woman named Jessica from Ohio (formerly from Pennsylvania) to send items to and Athena from Boston, who happens to write for the blog, Fitness and Feta (www.fitnessandfeta.com), was assigned to send items to me. Athena emailed me and asked me what I liked and didn’t like. I responded that I didn’t have any limiting dislikes and that I was pretty easy when it comes to food. I also indicated that I did not have a preference of healthy verses non-healthy items.
Several weeks after our initial contact, I received a little surprise in the mail from my Foodie PenPal, Athena, along with an accompanying note. The note read:
Welcome to Foodie PenPals and greetings from Boston! I recently went away for a long weekend in New Hampshire and thought it would be fun to put together some goodies that come from the White Mountain area. Although not where I live, my boyfriend and I enjoy getting away up there – it’s so pretty and peaceful!
Anyways, I included:
1). White Mountain Buttermilk Pancake Mix – I thought the moose on the front was so fun! There are moose crossing signs everywhere there.
2). Raspberry Peach Spread made In NH and stored at the North Conway general store in their cute downtown area.
3). Pure Maple Syrup, also from the same store
4). Cornbread Muffin Mix – packaged in the shape of corn – love! Not sure how old your kids are but they might fine this cute J
Hope you enjoy!
Athena @ Fitness & Feta
My receiving Foodie PenPal, Jessica, she does not have a blog. Interestingly enough, Jessica used to live in the Pennsylvania area and was very familiar with our local foods. I opted to send Jessica some great steak rub from my local Amish Farmer’s Market which I thought she could use for her next barbecue; Salt Water Taffy which is synonymous with Jersey and summers by the shore and; Herlocher’s Mustard and Herr’s Pretzel Rods – both made locally, in nearby Pennsylvania. I wrote her a fun note to accompany my goodie box on watermelon paper to continue with the summer theme.
Jessica sent me this great note in response to the box of goodies I sent to her. Here was her response:
Hello there Linda,
I hope this email finds you well ending a wonderful weekend. I received your wonderful box on Saturday and want to say Thank you! I am super excited to eat the pretzels and mustard. So funny you wanted to send street pretzels as my day and I were just talking about them. Can you still get 5 for a dollar? That is what he said they used to cost. The steak rub looks scrumptious, and my husband and I are currently enjoying the salt water taffy. Thanks so much for your wonderful box and taking the time to think it all out.
The Foodie PenPals experience was so much fun. I can’t wait to participate again. Thank you again to Athena for my great goodie box and to Lindsey for allowing me to participate in her fantastic Foodie PenPals idea.
Have a great weekend everyone!