Time to Stock Up On Fair Trade Certified™ Veggies

11/18/2015 - 1:26 PM

Thanksgiving is more than just a big meal. At its core, this holiday is a celebration of the harvest, and an expression of our gratitude for our food and the farmers who grow it. With more Fair Trade Certified™ fruits and vegetables available than ever before, it’s the perfect time to say “thank you” to the hardworking farmers and workers who make Thanksgiving possible. Integrating Fair Trade products into your holiday meals means that we recognize the challenges that many farmworkers face--including child labor, substandard housing and discrimination—and that we support growers that are doing things differently. It also means that we’re voting for a world where farmers and workers can send their children to school and invest in community development projects like health clinics and safe housing.  Let’s show them how much we appreciate them this holiday season, one pie, casserole or other culinary creation at a time!

Look for the Fair Trade Certified label on delicious veggies from Mexico and Guatemala:
  • Asparagus from Giumarra
  • Green Beans from Bridges, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo and Southern Specialties
  • Eggplant from Wholesum Family Farms
  • Snow and Sugar Snap Peas from our partners at AMS, Fru-Veg and Southern Specialties
  • Bell Peppers from Oppenheimer 
  • Squash (butternut, spaghetti, sugar pie and more!) from Bridges, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo and Wholesum Family Farms
  • Carrots from AMS and Southern Specialties
  • Cucumbers from partners like Divine Flavor and Wholesum Family Farms
And don’t forget the fruit salad! During deep winter, when many local fruit varieties are less abundant, we’re able to source amazing Fair Trade Certified fruits from farming communities in countries like Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru. Keep an eye out for:
  • Melons
  • Pineapples
  • Bananas

#FairTrade butternut squash ready for harvest for Bridges Organic Produce!

Every Purchase Matters

Your purchase of Fair Trade Certified produce helped farmworkers and small producers earn over $5.5 million in Community Development Premiums in 2014, a 30 percent increase over the previous year. This additional income helped farming communities fund critical projects such as education, healthcare and safe housing.

At Wholesum Family Farms, a vegetable farm in Culiacan, Mexico, workers used premiums to purchase a school bus that gets their children to school safely and on time.  Because the farm is remote, the bus also shuttles workers to the supermarket each week and takes them and their families on recreational activities such as church services and park visits – small conveniences with tremendous impact.

“Before the bus, we were always late to school,” says Jacinto Perez, the seven-year-old son of Wholesum workers.  “Now the bus gets us to school and takes us home safely and quickly.  We also get to make new friends from kids with other farms!” 

Your purchase of #FairTrade produce can help send children to school!
Let’s continue to strengthen farmworker communities by choosing Fair Trade produce this Thanksgiving! 

Need Inspiration?

Check out Fair Trade USA’s recipe library for ideas on how to incorporate Fair Trade Certified fruits and veggies into your Thanksgiving meal. Take this delicious Green Bean Casserole for example.

(And don’t forget to share your Fair Trade Thanksgiving recipes with us! Tag us on Facebook and Twitter and we just may feature your recipe on the site. )

Happy cooking!

Fair Trade Certified fruits and veggies can be found at retail locations across North America, including Whole Foods Market, Costco, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Earth Fare and more.





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