Monday, December 15, 2014

A Fair Trade Day in San Diego!

SDSU students came by to sample Fair Trade chocolate during finals week.  At the Villa Alvarado residence hall students enjoyed Ben & Jerry's chocolate ice cream, spicy and regular hot cocoa, chocolate bars from Green & Blacks Organic, Madecasse, Equal Exchange, Divine and Theo.
Many students signed up to be a part of Fair Trade SDSU!  Professor Vinod Sasidharan, Faculty Advisor for Fair Trade SDSU served the hot cocoa while encouraging students to become part of the movement on campus.

Brad Perry of KUSI enjoyed his FREE scoop of Ben and Jerry's Ice cream with every donated gift for Promises2kids with Ephraim Mallari at Seaport Village.  Check out the La Mesa Fair Trade Towns sticker in the top corner of the window! Fair Trade San Diego County made a donation to Promises2Kids to support the cause.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November 30th
   In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is a new shopping day designed to bring awareness to the fair trade movement.  The goal is to get shoppers to be mindful of their global footprint during the holiday shopping season.  Fair trade items include everything from coffee to jewelry, from fashion to novelties.  When shopping fair trade, every purchase enriches a life.   

There is an opportunity to shop at Partners Fair Trade Boutique located inside The Unity Center on "Fair Trade Sunday".    The Unity Center is located at 8999 Activity Road San Diego.  The boutique will be open from 8-5pm.

Fair Trade Alternative Gift Fair 
First Lutheran Church downtown is having their annual gift faire today 11/30.  Sample fair trade foods while shopping.  This event benefits Lutheran World Relief and other Fair Trade Partners.  10-2pm

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Alternative Gift Expo

Your chance to buy unique fair trade gifts for the holidays is just around the corner.  We are lucky in San Diego to have several shops that sell fair trade year, but once a year several fair trade vendors gather under one roof at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral making it easy for you to find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Fair Trade Apple Galette

It's apple picking time!

Last weekend my son and I along with some friends went to Julian, CA to pick apples.  Julian is a quaint town just outside of San Diego; its history dates back to the California Gold Rush of the 1840s.

My son and his friend, both toddlers, enjoyed picking and eating a ton of apples while at the orchard.  And then we had apple pie at Julian Apple Pie Company too.  It seemed they couldn't get too many apples that day!

Upon returning home I knew I needed to make use of these apples before they went bad.  I decided on a fair trade apple galette for practical reasons: it is tasty and easy.

When I returned to Ohio this summer to visit family and friends a friend of mine made a mixed berry galette; it was so good and she explained that it was also so easy.

The fair trade apple galette that I made was simple a baker of any skill level could make it.  And to make it even easier I used puff pastry instead of making my own dough.  I did make my own whipped cream too (recipe included), which is also remarkably easy.

Fair Trade Apple Galette: From All Recipes
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Ready in 1 Hour 5 Minutes
1 sheet puff pastry, rolled to 1/8-inch
4 baking apples - peeled, cored, and cut
into 1/3-inch thick slices
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon
1/3 cup superfine Fair Trade sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg, well beaten


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Lay puff pastry onto a round pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Mix apples and lemon juice together in a bowl until evenly coated; add sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Toss to evenly coat apples. Spread apple mixture into the center of the puff pastry and fold edges of pastry toward the center. Brush the folded pastry edges with about 1/2 the egg.

Refrigerate pastry-apple mixture for flavors and pastry to settle, about 10 minutes. Brush pastry with remaining 1/2 egg.

Place pan on the top rack of preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Give galette a 1/4 turn and lower heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking until pastry is lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly before serving, about 10 minutes.

(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © 2014 Printed from 10/6/2014)

Fair Trade Whipped Cream:


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Join us as we celebrate all the best of Fair Trade
in San Diego County! 
Lots of vendors!  Lots of samples! 
Learn about Fair Trade and the difference it is making in our world.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Fair Trade Gift for a Friend

Recently a dear friend of mine lost a loved one quite suddenly.  I knew that she and her family had received many frozen meals from friends in the wake of the death.  Still I wanted to bring something to the family at the memorial service, which would be at their home.  My friend's family owns a winery so wine seemed inappropriate and I never really want to bring cut flowers, which die quickly or a potted plant that they then need to tend to.  

A wonderful fair trade gift for a friend during a time of need.

Unsure what to do I consulted Pinterest since one can find anything on there.  Sure enough I found a great fair trade gift idea!  Frozen homemade cookies with directions for preparation.  This way my friend and her family could pop one or a dozen in the oven whenever they were in need of a cookie.  I know that when I am sad sometimes I just need a cookie and homemade cookies are the best.

The fair trade ingredients I used for my fair trade gift.

Here's the recipe that I used:


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) organic butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated Fair Trade sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed Fair Trade brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I need to pick up more Fair Trade vanilla for future baking projects)
  • 2 large organic cage free eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Fair Trade semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto plate and place in freezer.
  • For my friend's note I wrote: preheat the oven and place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bak for 9 to 11 minute (possibly longer if they put them in frozen).
I put the cookies on a plate and froze them and then put the frozen cookies in the package with some ribbon.

I did save two for my son! 

From you friends at Fair Trade San Diego! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Join Fair Trade San Diego County at Fair Trade Decor in Del Mar this Sunday as we continue to spread the word about the good that Fair Trade does in developing countries!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Fair Trade shopping, chocolate tasting & more!
The Unity Center
8999 Activity Road (at Clayton Road)
San Diego
Join Fair Trade San Diego at the Sangha Cafe located at The Unity Center.  Enjoy Fair Trade tea, coffee and chocolate sampling.  Following the meet & greet,  enjoy shopping at Partners, a unique boutique featuring beautiful and unique Fair Trade items at the Center.  A short optional meeting follows.   The Center is located one block North of Miramar Road.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The principles of Fair Trade are displayed at the entrance to Fair Trade Decor in Del Mar. 
Enjoy your shopping journey!  
Check out this recent article in the Del Mar Times:
 Oil Drum Art at Fair Trade Decor

Purchasing Oil Drum Art  promotes employment opportunity in Haiti by allowing unskilled - but often highly gifted craftspeople to receive training.  My recent purchase not only helps artisans, but the earth as well, because every piece is made from recycled oil drums that would otherwise litter the landscape.  This now graces my bathroom and I love it! - Blogger


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Join Fair Trade San Diego in Del Mar Sunday 6/29.  Shop for beautiful Fair Trade gifts while meeting people who are making a difference locally and abroad!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Everyone celebrated in Old Town with World Fair Trade Day Saturday, May 10, 2014


Many people enjoyed the free scoops of Fair Trade ice cream from Ben & Jerry's!

Cookies and quiona banana bread made from Fair Trade products were given out.

Rigo from Cafe Virtuoso served over 5 gallons of Fair Trade iced coffee to the delight of the shoppers!

Samples of a Fair Trade Kentucky Derby Pie were enjoyed...adults only of course!

House of Jerky offered 10% off on its Fair Trade sodas.

Winners of the Mother's Day Fair Trade raffle basket claimed their prize at 4pm.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Celebrating World Fair Trade Day in Old Town!

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 1-4pm

Join in the Fun of Shopping 

and Tasting Fair Trade

Spread the Word! Discover the many Fair Trade products for sale in Old Town. Shop for exquisite FT items at “Around the World Gifts” and “Bazaar Del Mundo”. While shopping, enjoy samples of baked goodies using FT products, a root beer float using Maine Root’s FT root beer (Old Town House of Jerky), an iced-coffee from Cafe Virtuoso, and more! It will be a great way to begin the celebration of Mother’s Day weekend. And maybe choose a gift for her? 

Very Special Treat! 
Free scoops of Ben & Jerry's Fair Trade ice cream!
Please join us. 
(sponsored by Fair Trade San Diego and La Mesa)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fair Trade Decor

Fair Trade Federation approval

Fair Trade San Diego and La Mesa Fair Trade joined the celebration of Fair Trade Decor with their 1st year anniversary.  Well accepted into the merchants association & community, Fair Trade Decor will continue their pursuit of spreading the word about how Fair Trade makes a difference for the developing world and how everyone can make a difference with a purchase.

Alepho Deng  signed the book, "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky" . He is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Join Fair Trade San Diego and La Mesa Fair Trade to celebrate a first anniversary for 
Fair Trade Decor in Del Mar! 


Special guests include authors: Alepho Deng (They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky) and Jeff Salz (The Way of Adventure, Transforming Your Life and Work with Spirit and Vision), Sarah Emerson (Women Empowered Initiative, PCI), Sandra Martinez (Foundation for Women) and local Fair Trade leaders.

Since opening the store last year, Fair Trade Décor has been accepted to the Fair Trade Federation,   The family-run business has brought handmade furnishings and gifts from more than 40 countries to Del Mar, while following globally accepted principles of Fair Trade, including fair living wages, safe working conditions, environmental sustainability and cultural respect. 

Owner, Betsy Paganelli, noted, “As the first 100% Fair Trade store in San Diego County, we have sought to give back to the community as a site for cultural events, including a family friendly drum circle, international dance lessons, live music and now storytelling and booksigning.” 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fair Trade Store moves to a new location!

Around the World Gifts in Old Town moved their store closer to the trolley line and entrance to Old Town.  The shop is beautifully decorated to show off each unique item. Shop Local and shop Fair!  Help spread the word about Fair Trade.  Tell your friends to check out  & support this amazing shop that is making a difference for artisans around the world.
2627 Congress St • San Diego 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All are welcome to share in the planning of 

World Fair Trade Day in San Diego!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

5:30 – 6:30pm

CRS West Regional Office

4080 Center Street – Suite 101

San Diego, CA 92103


Dates considered are May 3, 10, 17


Like to be a host?  Please e-mail! 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Fair Trade Shopping Opportunity!


 Join us on Wednesday, February 19 @ 6:30pm at The Unity Center located at 8999 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA 92126. 
Part of the mission at The Unity Center is giving back to the global community and selling fair trade products is one way they do this. Rev. Wendy Craig-Purcell  has agreed to open the doors to this unique boutique to supporters of Fair Trade this evening at 6:30pm."Partners Fair Trade Boutique" has grown into one of the largest Fair Trade stores in all of San Diego.  

At 7:30pm we will meet with USD students who have returned from touring a Fair Trade coffee farm in Mexico, followed by a short meeting.  Presentation will be in classrooms 200-201, which is located on the upper level (2nd floor), just around the corner from the Partners Boutique.

Please come! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February  - Bringing Fair Trade to the table!

Fair Trade San Diego County  brings to you an invitation to explore what a 10 year old girl did to make a difference in human trafficking.  An exclusive preview at a location in San Diego tells the story of what one person can do to make a difference.  Please check out the are limited. Note the clip with Paul Rice, CEO of Fair Trade USA.

February 6 - San Diego, CA - Attend San Diego Premiere

Limit your carbon foot print and buy local flowers....
but if the significant "other"
is thinking roses consider Fair Trade!

Fair Trade Flowers - 
Why it Matters Green America 
 Fair Trade flower certification ensures that farms comply with rigorous environmental standards governing the use of pesticides, conservation of water, treatment of wastewater, protection of ecosystems and more. 

 Valentines Day and Fair Trade Chocolate!

How can anyone go wrong with Fair Trade chocolates? No pesticides, no child abuses, people were paid fairly.   A gift that gives more than twice.   Pass it along this Valentine's Day.  Look for the Fair Trade label!  You may be rewarded more than you ever thought possible!  Fair Trade chocolate can be found at Cost Plus World Market in La Mesa, Whole Foods, Sprouts and Eclipse Chocolates.