Fair Trade Musings

  • fair-trade-quinoa-patties

    Little Quinoa Patties

    Sometimes your body needs protein, but you just aren’t in the mood for meat. Quinoa, it turns out, is an excellent source of protein, with over 8 grams in each serving. These little patties also have egg and cheese for an extra boost of protein. Add a small salad on the side and you’ve got a terrifically healthy lunch. There are about

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    Fair Trade is a Human Right

    “…act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” On this day in 1948, the U.N. signed the Declaration of Human Rights. Today, many people are still lacking these undeniable rights. As we gear up to the holiday season, let the spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood surround you and remind you to think of all others as your brothers and sisters. Take

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    Sponsoring Artisan Training in India

    One of our artisan partners in India, Matr Boomie, gave us an opportunity to sponsor a social development project in India, and we jumped at the chance! These projects are part of Matr Boomie’s ongoing commitment to their artisans and to the mission of fair trade. Matr Boomie’s work through projects like this helps build up artisan communities to boost long-term development, giving

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    Fair Trade Tea Ice Cubes

    Nothing beats the summer heat like an ice cold glass of iced tea. We cooled off with a batch made of fair trade Choice Organic peach green tea and northwest blackberry. The combination is perfect for summer afternoons with a bit of sweetness from the peach and half the caffeine since northwest blackberry is an herbal tea. It’s hard to

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    Fair Trade Watermelon Pico de Gallo

    We can never get enough watermelon around here (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, repeat!) It’s easy for little hands to hold and little teeth to chew — and adults love it too, of course. Our summer is happier and juicier because of it. Thankfully, we have spotted fair trade watermelons in lots of places at a great price — look for

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    Lebanese Flatbread with Za’atar

    Mana’eesh bi Za’atar Lebanese Flatbread with Za’atar Mana’eesh can be eaten plain or served with olive oil or hummus for dipping. It is also commonly eaten by topping with tomatoes, olives, basil, or cheese. This recipe was adapted from The Complete Middle Eastern Cookbook by Tess Mallos and recipes taught to me by my Lebanese friends and family. Enjoy! – Avery

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    Fair Trade Strawberry Buttermilk Cake

    Fair Trade Strawberry Buttermilk Cake Adapted from Smitten Kitchen Strawberries are abundant and so juicy this time of year, and fair trade strawberries are easy to find at most grocery stores. We couldn’t resist featuring them in this easy, light, and moist cake. It also gave us an excuse to make whipped cream, lightly sweetened with fair trade sugar. Dive

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  • Celebrating 10 Years in Fair Trade with a New Look!

    We opened our first Fair Trade Winds on World Fair Trade Day in May 2007. It was a tiny little shop up in Bar Harbor, ME, right between a novelty clock shop and a touristy souvenir store. Bar Harbor is a tourist town, with a flood of people who visit in the summer. They go camping and hiking in Acadia National

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    Fair Trade Zucchini Pancakes

    Growing up, I always remember a plethora of zucchini growing in our garden each summer. I would always find at least one more hiding after I thought I picked the last one! My mom would make zucchini pancakes as a special treat — a perfect way to use up the zucchini that grew too large. When I found fair trade

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  • Heirloom Quality: Redefining Value Through Fair Trade

    With the rise of manufacturing, the art of creating and passing down heirlooms has dwindled. Fair trade, however, has the potential to change this. There is something “heirloom-like” about fair trade products in the sense that they are handcrafted using traditional techniques, unique to a geographical area, and they are made with pride.

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    Fair Trade Pi Day

    Happy Pi Day! Normally, we’d use any excuse to make pie, cause pie is just the best, but we were wracking our brains trying to figure out what kind of fair trade pie to make for Pi Day and came up with nothing. It’s actually pretty hard to find fair trade fruit. We couldn’t find any fair trade apples or

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    Mouthwatering 4-Ingredient Fair Trade Brownies

    How do brownies in 30 minutes flat sound to you? Fair trade brownies in 30 minutes sound even yummier! We found a bunch of easy brownie recipes online using Nutella, but we have our own fair trade version from Barefoot & Chocolate that is even more delicious and GMO-free. Smile when you take a bite out of these! Recipe makes

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    All the Latest: Fair Trade in the News

    There’s lots happening in the world, with info coming at you from all angles. Here’s an overview of a few interesting articles we found lately from the fair trade world, to keep you updated, including: child labor in your chocolate, end fast fashion, & financing growth in fair trade.

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    Roasted Carrots with Fair Trade Balsamic Chocolate Syrup

    Roasted Carrots with Fair Trade Balsamic Chocolate Syrup Adapted from Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle’s Favorite Chocolate Maker, published by Sasquatch Press.  In the rare chance that you have any Valentine’s Day chocolate leftover, or you’re looking for a nutritious yet decadent side dish for dinner tonight, then this recipe is for you! These carrots are easy

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  • roasted tomato quinoa soup

    Roasted Fair Trade Tomato & Quinoa Soup

    You gotta love recipes that are quick and easy, but still healthy. We turned this roasted veggie soup recipe into a Fair Trade recipe by using Fair Trade USA certified tomatoes and Alter Eco quinoa. The quinoa makes this soup pretty hearty so you could have cornbread or other bread on the side and make it a meal! The recipe calls for

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    Fair Trade Myths: Part 7

    People often wonder what percentage of the price of a fair trade product goes back to the artisan. This is a myth – the artisans do not have to rely on retail stores sending money back to the artisans. Rather, the artisans are paid up front in full, a fair wage for their work.

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  • 16 Ways to Be Fair in 2016

    While we hustle and bustle all year long, here are 16 ideas to keep you motivated to be fair this year! Some are easier than others, some you can do everyday, and some take a bit more effort, but you’ve got all year! Let’s get started!

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    Fair Trade Cinnamon French Toast

    We have made a lot of yummy recipes with fair trade ingredients, but this is our first foray into fair trade breakfast! This french toast is elevated with the sweet crunch of fair trade cinnamon sugar, and you don’t even have to get out your frying pan. It can even be made ahead — it is easy to prepare the

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    Fair Trade Star Wars Cookies

    There’s been an awakening, have you felt it? The Force (or fork) has been strong in fair trade land these days, telling us to make some fair trade sugar cookies! Here are Grandma’s Turkey Cookies with a reboot for 2016 — the dough was awakened by the Force. Same recipe, different cookie cutters. Fair Trade Star Wars Cookies Ingredients: 3

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  • Another Great Fair Trade Year!

    Fair Trade Winds + Momentum were founded with the purpose of creating a positive impact in the lives of artisans around the world by offering their handcrafted products and sharing their stories in our stores. As the new year gets underway, we’re proud to say that we’ve stayed true to this goal and have told 133,243 stories this year! If

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    Fair Trade Butter Crunch Almond Toffee

    Our recipe for Fair Trade Butter Crunch Almond Toffee is as scrumptious as it sounds! Wrap a few pieces in a cellophane bag with a festive ribbon and it makes a great holiday treat!

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  • Festive Gourd Ornaments

    Festive gourd ornaments make terrific holiday gifts! Learn about how they’re made and the artisans they support in the Andean mountains in Peru.

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    Grandma’s (Fair Trade) Turkey Cookies

    Thanksgiving is a big holiday in our family. There’s usually around 20 of us, gathered at our aunt’s house in Ohio for three days of non-stop eating, drinking, and being merry. It’s the one time of year we can all get together and we’ve come to enjoy it more and more as we’ve all gotten older. We have all the

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  • Fair Trade Red Eye Beef Stew

    Put some pep in your dinner! Before turkey steals the spotlight at Thanksgiving, give beef a chance. A few spoonfuls of this stew will perk you right up. Recipe tip: Caffeine does not “cook out”  like alcohol does, so use decaf coffee in your stew if you avoid caffeine in the evening. Adapted from Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner. We

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    Fair Trade Gingerbread Spice, and Everything Nice

    Fall is here, and festively flavored coffee drinks have reappeared on coffee shop menus. The concoctions conjure memories of our favorite holiday desserts, and we imagine sitting by the fireplace in our cozy pajamas, inhaling the spicy-sweet aromas, and savoring each sip. But if the coffee isn’t fair trade, then we can’t enjoy it. The price is steep. And the

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  • Craftspring: Women Empowered Through Tradition

    This is the 7th installment of our “Conversations” series where we interview our fair trade partners about their work with artisans around the world. Today’s post takes us to Kyrgysztan, a mountainous country where felting is a way of life. Craftspring works with women in Kyrgyzstan to create a variety of beautiful felt products like ornaments and other decorations for the

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  • 5 Reasons to Shop Fair Trade for the Holidays

    Whether you’re one of those people who plan your holiday gifting in a neat little list, considering every detail, or you wait until the last minute and hope for inspiration, including fair trade products in your gifting is a win-win for your “giftees” and the people who made them! Read our top 5 Reasons to Shop Fair Trade for the Holidays.

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  • Literacy Program Sponsorship in India

    We’re excited to announce a new partnership with one of our artisans partners, Matr Boomie, to sponsor a Literacy Program for women and children in rural or urban low income areas.

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    Scary Good Fair Trade Popcorn

    Halloween is a great time to make popcorn – it’s a festive snack that can easily be made salty or sweet, depending on your mood or the occasion. We decided to test two fair trade recipes: Fall Spice Popcorn and Cocoa Popcorn. They pair well together and you could use them for a Halloween Party or just a fun snack this week as you’re getting in the spooky spirit!

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  • Fair Trade Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares

    Moist and cakey chocolate chip bars with a fun seasonal pumpkin twist! Substitute fair trade ingredients for the sugar, vanilla and spices and you’ve got one delicious fair trade fall treat!

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  • 360° Fair Trade

    As members of the Fair Trade Federation, we make one of the deepest commitments in the fair trade world. To become members, we undergo rigorous screening and strive to create positive change through all of our work: socially, economically, and environmentally. Learn more about our FTF membership and how it makes us different.

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    Fair Trade Month 2015

    Fair Trade Month is all about celebrating the talented people behind the products we love. Here’s 5 easy ways to celebrate including ways to get involved and how to win fun giveaways!

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  • Fair Trade Double Chocolate Banana Bread

    You won’t be able to resist this easy recipe for Double Chocolate Banana Bread using fair trade ingredients! The cocoa powder and chocolate chunks make this a delicious decadent treat!

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    Hand in Hand: Helping Haiti Rebuild

    We caught up with Bill, Courtney and Zofia of Hand in Hand in New York at the NYNOW gift show to see their new product lines and chat about their on-going projects in Haiti. We emailed them some questions about their most recent trip to Haiti and Zofia kindly answered, giving us a great insiders perspective on their work.

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    Arpilleras: A Peruvian Folk Art Tradition

    Arpilleras: A Peruvian Folk Art Tradition Lucuma Designs began working with Arpilleras artisans in the late 90s, but the art itself started back in the 70s. It was a time of turmoil in Peru and the social unrest in the city forced many Andean communities to retreat to the outskirts of Lima to be safe and have a better life. When

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    World Elephant Day

    World Elephant Day is recognized August 12th every year. It is a day to remind us that the world’s elephants are in trouble and we need to act to help them. Read more about the crisis and how you can be part of the solution.

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  • fair trade event ideas

    Fair Trade Events for Your Campus

    We’ve been checking in with Ben Conard as his school becomes a fair trade university. He updated us on some of their most exciting accomplishments and events for the 2014-2015 academic year. These can give you some ideas of the kinds of events you can do at your own campus, school, town, church, community, etc!

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    5 Tips for Explaining Fair Trade to Someone Who Has No Clue

    Do you ever find yourself looking for the right words to describe fair trade to a friend or acquaintance? To help you explain fair trade at its simplest we’ve come up with 5 brief points.

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  • Summer Getaway

    Prepping for the perfect summer getaway isn’t easy and can even be stressful, but there’s something fun about the building excitement of packing your bag with just the right essentials for your trip. Wherever your summer adventures take you, we’ve picked some fair trade products to inspire your travels!

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    Mata Traders Conversation

    We have been working with Mata Traders for several years and have cherished our partnership as they are one of very few fair trade clothing companies available in the U.S. Their clothing boasts fun patterns, stylish cuts and their artisans’ craftsmanship is fantastic. Jonit goes to visit the artisans often and answered some questions for us in the 6th issue of our Conversation Series.

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  • fair trade flag cake

    Fourth of July Flag Cake

    This flag cake made with fresh farmers market berries and fair trade sugar (regular and powdered) will definitely the highlight of your Fourth of July celebrations!

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    WFTO Conference Highlights

    Attendees at the WFTO Conference ranged from WFTO members to store owners to activists; put all of us in the first ever green certified hotel in Milan and what do you get? A week of good feelings, high energy, and excitement to push the fair trade movement to the next level. Despite the language barriers many of us faced, we were all there for the same purpose and this made us feel connected, without even saying a word! That was so empowering.

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  • Acacia Creations: A Commitment to People

    Acacia Creations has a true commitment to people, which is what fair trade is all about. We interview the founder, Maura, about her life and work in Kenya. She tells us the inspiring story of Virginia and her daughter Rachael who has been able to go to school because of her mother’s work as a beader with Acacia Creations and has risen to the top of her class!

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    Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

    We are deeply disheartened to see the effects of the recent earthquake in Nepal. Many of our dearest fair trade artisan groups work in Nepal and news of the damage has been trickling in from all of them. We are happy to say that so far no lives have been lost, but many have lost their homes and workplaces. We will keep this post updated as we learn more.

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  • Fair Trade Myths: Part 6

    Myth: Fair trade is unfashionable. Fact: Fair trade designers work to combine the trends of mainstream fashion with the sustainability and inspiration of handcrafted techniques.

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  • Matr Boomie: Sustainable People & Planet

    Environmental sustainability is one of the 9 fair trade principles, but Matr Boomie takes sustainability to a whole new level. For an inside look into Matr Boomie’s comprehensive Sustainability Report, we caught up with founder, Manish Gupta to ask him some questions.

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    Fair Trade Olive Oil Cake Recipe

    Fair Trade Olive Oil Cake As Fair Trade ingredients are becoming available in more and more grocery and specialty stores, we wanted to try a recipe that used as many as possible.  Sure, we could have easily gone the fair trade chocolate route (who wouldn’t love that?!) but we decided on something with a more refined palette.  Inspired by a

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    Fair Trade Federation Conference Highlights

    We just got back from the Annual Fair Trade Federation Conference. It was in Del Mar, CA this year which was a pleasant change of scenery for all the winter-lorn East Coasters. Palm trees, sunshine and outdoor meals at the hotel abounded. We relish these few days together every year – there were 250 attendees this year, the biggest attendance

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    WorldFinds: Transforming Lives in India

    This is the third installment of a series we’re calling “Conversations.”  It’s more of an interview series, where we ask our vendor partners questions about their experiences working directly with artisans around the world.  You may not know it, but every product we carry has a team of people who are dedicated to doing trade on the fairest terms possible.  Fair

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    Maasai Women Empowered Through Fair Trade

    Katy Leakey, Empowering Maasai Women in Kenya One of the great things about the Fair Trade Federation Conference each year is getting to hear the stories of some of our artisan partners in person and in full detail. This year Katy Leakey of The Leakey Collection was the first Plenary Speaker. She addressed the whole conference, telling the story of how

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