|Foodie PenPal Program|
You go to the Lean Green Bean Foodie PenPal page and sign up. Then, on the 5th of each month, the list of penpals is sent out. I was matched up with Sydney of Indiana and had to make contact with her and learn if she had any food allergies or favorite foods to personalize the package to her. After the contact, I could then head out to my local markets and buy things that are from Wisconsin, package it all up and ship it off to her. I was contacted by Carrie from Kansas who asked me about my foodie needs. So you don't have the same penpal to give and receive. Total expense for items is $15 and then shipping costs.You are responsible for signing up each month and there is no contract.
I shared this awesome concept with my friend Ellie and she too decided to join in the fun. We actually ran into each other at the Milwaukee Public Market while picking up items for our PenPals! You can read her post about her PenPal package here.
My penpal (Sydney) was a Vegan so I had to spend a little time researching before I sent off my package. I got her some spicy jam & Cherry De-lites from West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shop (yep I got vegan items at a meat and cheese store!), Rishi tea, and an Oskri coconut bar, all from Wisconsin. I wrote her a little note on a Milwaukee postcard and sent off the package. She told me that she might send me pics of my package along with her thoughts about the items, but I haven't received anything yet.
|My package from Kansas|
|Inside says "It Tasted Surprised!"|
Wild Garden and it was Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus. I opened the individual packet and squeezed the hummus onto the pita crisps. This was a perfect after lunch snack for me. There was a good zip to the hummus and the pita crisps resemble light, airy crackers. The serving size of the crackers was listed as 9 and that was a perfect amount for the tube of hummus. What a unique concept. I hate opening a tub of hummus and not knowing how long it will last. Problem solved with these squeeze tubes. I hope I can find these around the Milwaukee area.They come in a box of 4 tubes but on the website I saw that they might even be sold individually.
|The hummus spreads on like peanut butter!|
If you are interested in signing up for the program, check out Lindsay's website and/or search the term #foodiepenpal on Twitter or the web and you should find plenty of blogs written about the packages received in August.