The manner of giving is worth more than the gift -Pierre Corneille
This advent season, love two people with one heart by giving just one gift. Give a gift of fair trade and bless not only friends and loved ones, but also impact the life of a stranger. For when you buy Jubilee, or fairly traded gifts, it sponsors a living wage for an artisan, farmer, or even a whole community. The practice of Jubilee is one of rejoicing, of giving back, and of starting anew. Jubilee Trade is a way to rethink and reform the practice of gift giving, to start over from the contest of materialism that keeps our wallets empty. Give small, give from the heart, and give genuinely this advent season. Offer your gifts this year but find a way to walk with the “least of these” as well.
Break Ground - Buy fair trade foods
You can buy fair trade foods at the following businesses:
- Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops - Ask for Fair Trade Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee or Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream.
- Dunkin' Donuts - Order any hot or iced espresso drink.
- Einstein Bagels - Ask for their Global Village Fair Trade Blend.
- Noah's Bagels - Ask for their daily Fair Trade Certified brewed coffee.
- Peet's Coffee and Tea - Ask for the Fair Trade Blend.
- Seattle's Best Coffee - Ask for the Fair Trade Certified Organic French Roast.
For more information go to: http://fairtradeusa.org/
- OB People’s Market
- Java Jones Coffee House
- The Bean Bar Coffee House
- Café Moto
- Olive Tree Market
For more information go to: Fairtradesd.org
Dig Deeper - Give Fair Trade Gifts to Loved Ones
You can buy fair trade gifts at the following businesses:
- Rock Paper Scissors (Ocean Beach)
- Reverie Boutique (Escondido)
- Exotic World Gifts (Rancho Santa Fe and Miramar)
- Global Heart (Carlsbad)
- ecobre.com - copper products (sinks, vases, etc.) from Mexico
- crsfairtrade.org/crafts - chocolate, gifts, coffee online
- thehungersite.greatergood.com (click specifically on the fair trade link)
Amongst the Roots - Donate, Fundraise, Research, and Get Involved!
Donate: A Bridge For Africa is a non-profit organization that moves within the rural areas of several African countries in Africa. They not only help artisans earn a living wage, but also help the wider communities with job trainings, etc. You can help out too! Go to www.bridgeforafrica.org to find out more and to donate.
Fundraise: From Arms to Artisans is an organization dedicated to selling cards made by widows from the Rwandan genocide in order to help them work their way out of poverty. They design cards made of palm leaves- a perfect gift for this advent season! Learn more and help out this fundraiser by going to: http://fairtradefundraising.org or check out more fundraising links at: http://www.fairtradefederation.org
Research and Get Involved: Fair Trade Federation is an organization here in the States that helps businesses get in and stay interested in fair trade. They even have a step-by-step guide and assistants that can help you to start your own fair trade business. Just go to www.fairtradefederation.org to start a new business, and a new way of life.
More things to look at
Wheat-free Chocolate Raspberry Cookies - Thursday, October 30, 2008
By: Tamera Ferr
1/3 cup walnut oil
1/2 cup Fair Trade sucanat
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 teaspoons Fair Trade vanilla
1/4c. nonfat yogurt (i used greek style)
1/3 cup spelt flour
2/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Fair Trade cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon grey sea salt
Bake for 7 mins at 350, add dollop of raspberry jam, bake 5 more mins. stick in face, serve with almond milks.
Chocolate Banana Bread
3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup Fair Trade cocoa powder
1 cup Fair Trade sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
3 ripe Fair Trade bananas mashed well
1 tsp. Fair Trade vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
Lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients until just combined and batter is thick.
Bake for 55 - 65 minutes. Let cool for about an hour.
*For many more recipes, go to www.fairtradecookbook.org.uk/ and make a fair trade holiday meal!