Friday, May 27, 2011

Whole Foods

Hi it's Caroline!
So, on my recent voyage to Whole Foods, I found a HUGE amount of fair trade products. Ice cream, cookies, chocolate, even Choco-Dream. It's exactly like Nutella, a chocolate- hazelnut spread. The only difference? Fair trade chocolate and hazelnuts. It tastes amazing on toast, or anything you would eat Nutella on.
In all, Whole Foods was a great place to find anything fair trade. Along with their food products, they also have fair-trade makeup, skin care, even pet products! When i went out, I easily found at least 2 bags of groceries, all fair-trade. For some things, I had to look for the fair trade symbol, but most things displayed the symbol right on the outside of the packaging. If you ever are in doubt in where to buy fair trade items, you can never go wrong with Whole Foods Market!

Just a link to a part of the Whole Foods website, dedicated to fair trade :) to see all the fair trade products

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Farmers Market

Hi it's Ginger!!

So, the weather has been getting MUCH nicer here in NJ and last week as I was driving by the Galleria parking lot in Red Bank I noticed the farmers market.

Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market
  2nd Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
  Directions:Parkway to Exit 109 to Red Bank
  Phone:(732) 530-7300 - Jimmy & Ed,  Fax: (732) 530-8713
  Open: May 9th - Mid November, 2010,  Sundays, 9am - 2pm
  Community Farmers Market:Variety of fruits & vegetables
  WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers accepted by some farmers

Many of the stands in the farmers market are not fair trade certified (some of the stands are fair trade certified or use fair trade ingredients). Although many of the stands sell vegetables and fruits (depending on the time of year) or other things, all the money goes to to the farmers, which is the main cause of fair trade itself. Fair Trade is meant to give enough money to farmers, or factory workers for fair wages, along with safe working conditions, and avoids child labor. Even though some of the stands are not fair trade certified, instead of going to the store and buying fruits or vegetables that have the fair trade sticker on it, the farmers market cuts out the middle man altogether and the buyer is giving the money straight to the farmers themselves.
There are farmers markets all over New Jersey if you don't live near Red Bank check out this website that shows lots of farmers markets in New Jersey. Just click on this link.
I highly recommend farmers market because everything is fresh, hand made (not to mention everyones really nice). On a nice sunny day its always fun to get out and see who has a stand up this week. When you have some free time go out and try the farmers market!

Hope you go to the farmers market! -Ginger

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fair Trade Town Crawl

Hey! Its Ginger!

Red Bank is having a Fair Trade awareness day on Saturday, May 14 · 11:00am4:00pm. Check it out! "Like" the Fair Trade Town Crawl on Facebook for more information!

Shop Fair Trade all over Red Bank and participate in tastings,
demonstrations or discounts. Enter to win raffles through-
out and a chance to win the Fair Trade GRAND PRIZE,
valued at over $150! The more you participate, the more
chances you have at winning the GRAND PRIZE.

pick up a map. Visit as many businesses as you choose. A
purchase or participation will give you an opportunity to
enter that business’ raffle. Visit all, learn more about
Fair Trade, make a day of it!

WINNERS: Will be announced at the end of the business
day. You need not be present at time of drawings.


Good Karma Cafe
17 East Front Street
50% off Fair Trade Dessert of the day!

No Joe's Cafe
51 Broad Street
Fair Trade Coffee of the Day

P.S. Poppyseeds
54 English Plaza
10% off all Rising Tide Fair Trade Bags/Beach Totes

Red Ginger Home
48 Broad Street
Fair Trade Tea Tasting

12 Monmouth Street
Fair Trade Sugar Scrub Sampling

Ten Thousand Villages
69 Broad Street
Fair Trade Breakfast Bake-Off

The Cheese Cave
14 Monmouth Street
Fair Trade Coffee "Cupping"

and MORE!

Monday, May 2, 2011

I scream for ice cream!

Hi it's Caroline!
So, with summer fast approaching, there is one big thing on most people's minds: ICE CREAM!!! What's the first thing you think of when those 2 words? Probably your favorite flavor, or ice cream shop. Not fair trade ice cream! But, as crazy as it sounds, I found it: ice cream, fair trade style. When I went to Whole Foods (a supermarket with a huge array of fair trade products) I was able to find an entire brand dedicated to fair trade ice cream!! The brand also carries chocolate flavored dessert bars, and pints of ice cream in varied flavors, most of them fair trade.
Ice cream: Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss
Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Bar
Soy, dairy, and gluten-free
Low glycemic, agave sweetened, vegan
Naked Coconut (plain coconut flavor)
It was pretty good, but since it's dairy-free, it has a VERY different texture. Not bad, but just different. Kind of a little bit creamier. Plus, it has real pieces of coconut, which make it extra sweet. Some people might not like sweet, but I'm not one of them. If you like coconut, you will love this! :)