fair trade



october is national fair trade product month so i thought i'd tell you the things i buy and use regularly that are fair trade items.  first of all, coffee.  i don't drink much coffee but larry does and he loves this trader joes fair trade brand.  it smells delicious every morning when he brews a pot and helps lure me out of bed.  i also love making my vegan chocolate pudding using fair trade chocolate.  blended with coconut milk, it is a sinfully rich and creamy dessert.  you can find the recipe here.  fair trade usa is an organization that helps small, independent farmers throughout the world bring their products to our table.  by purchasing fair trade products you in turn help communities build schools and help small farms and families to sustain themselves.  it's an easy and ethical way to shop. 

with THIS easy facebook application you can find stores in your area that sell fair trade products and you, yourself can add products to their list, thereby spreading the kindness.
share their link with your facebook friends and help a lot of deserving people!


xo
janet

18 comments

  1. Hi again!
    We have a local market here that only sells free trade products and items from local farmers. It's like having an organic farmer's market all year and there is nothing better than support small local and mostly family run businesses. I look forward to the day when all large businesses who are based solely on greedy consumerism are a thing of the past.
    I love how you are doing your part to raise awareness on how we can live healthier and more natural lives. :)

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  2. I was just at Bristol Farms and Trader Joe's and I noticed a few products that I buy on a regular basis and noticed they were fair trade. I did not realize that October is Fair Trade month...I'm surprised stores are not getting that word out. Maybe they are...

    Your chocolate pudding sounds so good...I will definitely be trying that!

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  3. Thank you for this post! We recently found a local rancher who provides organic pasture-raised beef, organic chickens and the best eggs EVER. We try to buy fair trade products in our small town as much as we can. You can vote against big ag with your pocketbook, you know.

    Your blog is wonderful and I always look forward to your posts. Thanks again.

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  4. sarah - you should go to their fb site and add that market to their list. it's easy and a lot of people in nebraskie would benefit. thanks for sharing.

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  5. annie - i know, i don't know why more markets are not celebrating/educating their customers. esp small mkts like tj's.

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  6. simplyme - thanks for sharing and maybe if you have a fb acct you can share that mkt with your friends.

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  7. Thanks, Janet. I've been planning to do a post on fair trade chocolate, with all the holiday baking coming up. What do you think of the taste of the Trader Joe's chocolate? I no longer have one nearby, so I haven't been buying it.

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  8. hi sue, we love it. it's really dark and really good. i snack on it and will chop it up for cookies too.

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  9. I drink the TJs Parajo fair trade coffee. It's the darker blend with the parot on the label. It's worth paying a little more for a cause like fair trade.

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  10. You are a very good human being. Nice that you are on this planet-you make the world a better place.
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  11. Thanks for this - i love trader joe's but i have not tried these 2 items. i'm gonna buy them next time. i love trader joe's almond butter with flaxseeds and trader joe has a good no oil tomato sauce. i also like their basalmic vinegar, handmade tortillas, olives, bagged organic baby spinach, organic mustard, tofu, force primeval bars and of course the almond milk.
    FPBs are dense, chewy whole wheat bread bars with dried fruit and nuts.

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  12. You can find a few fair trade products around here. I sure wish we had Trader Joe's though.

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  13. Who was that Crazy Anon who left the message about boycotting american women?! There are kooks everywhere.
    Anyways, I have been meaning to leave you a not telling you how much I enjoy your blog! I have been a reader for a while now. You are such an inspiration for me & I truly admire how you follow & live by your beliefs. Continue posting.... you add some much need positivity to this world.
    Leigh

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  14. leigh, i have no idea who he is but he keeps sneaking those comments in here. i delete them when i see them so thanks for bringing it to my attention. thanks for reading. judging by the number of comments on this post, fair trade isn't really on anyone's minds.

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  15. Hi Janet - Here in UK there are quite a few fair trade products which is good news. One of the supermarkets (C0-op)stocks quite a bit and OXFAM shops have a section of very good fair trade things including, coffee, tea and chocolate - all good. Need to check out your choc. pudding recipe - sounds delish! X

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  16. Dumb comment Janet but here goes -
    chocolate is OK for vegans to eat? Or is it just dark chocolate?

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  17. hi jo! most dark chocolate is vegan. you have to read the label though. milk chocolate is out for obv reasons. thanks for commenting!

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