Fair Trade is a beautiful thing because it honors the producers around the globe. It is recognition that without the farmers, farm workers & artisans around the globe, who work hard growing & creating, we wouldn’t have any of the products we enjoy. Products like coffee, tea, cocoa & jewelry.
I’ve been taking a stand for Fair Trade at the Irvine Farmers’ Market for over 8 years now. This is the largest farmers’ market in Orange County, & it gets really busy, so come early if you don’t want to have to fight for a parking space!
The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & it is located at the intersection of Campus & Bridge, opposite UCI.
World Fair Trade Day, May 14, is fast approaching & there are events planned in more than 80 countries. The North American event is coordinated by the Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN), & the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO, formerly known as the International Federation for Alternative Trade) is coordinating events around the globe. This year, FTRN is hoping to have 100, 000 people participate in events across North America to celebrate & promote Fair Trade.