Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fair Trade chocolate sampling

Fifteen members of the Students for Peace and Survival group at Bethlehem High School got together yesterday to learn about Fair Trade. I hope they enjoyed this short video, Fair Trade the Story. Some informed discussion followed. As for the chocolate tasting, I know that went down well - Equal Exchange Milk, Dark with Almond and Extra Dark (71% cacao) Chocolate were enthusiastically sampled. As one student said, "If all Fair Trade chocolate tastes as good as this, I'm definitely buying Fair Trade!"

You can buy Fair Trade chocolate in Bethlehem at:

Delmar Reformed Church (Equal Exchange)
Delmar Health Hut (Divine)
Slingerlands Price Chopper, Organic and Natural section (Equal Exchange, Green & Blacks Maya Gold)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Everyone loves a parade!

The 3rd annual Bethlehem Holiday Parade takes place in Delmar this Friday, Dec 4th, from 6pm. Starting at the Town Hall, floats and fire trucks will parade up Delaware Avenue to Four Corners.

Fair Trade Delmar Campaign will be taking part, handing out FT chocolate and information. Come and cheer us on - or even better, join us.

If you need a cup of Fair Trade hot chocolate to warm you up after the parade, head to Delmar Reformed Church which is holding an Open House and will be glad to welcome you.

And if you are looking for holiday gifts, check out Peaceful Inspirations, open until 8pm this Friday and offering a 15% discount on Fair Trade Christmas ornaments.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Buy Fair, Buy Local for the Holidays

Holiday giving brings joy to our loved ones - and it can really benefit our local and global community, too. How about making up a basket of Fair Trade goodies for someone special this year? Here are some places in Bethlehem where you can buy Fair Trade:

Peaceful Inspirations - gifts
Delmar Farmers' Market at Delmar Presbyterian Church (Delaware/Cherry Ave), Saturdays 9am-1pm - gifts, coffee
Delmar Marketplace - coffee
Delmar Health Hut - coffee, chocolate, personal care products etc
Delmar Reformed Church (not-for-profit table) - coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts etc
Hannafords (organic and natural section) - various
Price Chopper (organic and natural section) - various

And while you are out shopping, why not take a FT break at one of these cafes:

Perfect Blend
Java Jazz
Four Corners Luncheonette
Dunkin' Donuts

Keep on supporting Fair Trade all year round and help build a fairer more sustainable world.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The weekend the world came to Delmar!

There was a great turnout for the two Fair Trade craft markets held over the past weekend (November 14 & 15). Congratulations to the organisers of both these excellent events, held at Delmar Reformed Church and Delmar United Methodist Church. I lost count of the number of countries that were represented - Malawi, Vietnam, Ecuador, Tibet, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan...the list was endless. And the crafts were BEAUTIFUL.

Different vendors attended each of the events, so well done those shoppers who came out on Saturday and Sunday and saw the best of both!

If you missed these sales, don't despair - there will be another chance to shop Fair Trade for the holidays on December 12 and 13 at St Thomas School, Delmar, after each Mass (from 5 pm on Saturday, and 7:30, 9, 10:30 am and 12 noon on Sunday). Again it will be a whole new set of vendors, so even those who came to this month's events won't want to miss out!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thank you, shop hoppers!

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Delmar's First Fair Trade Shop Hop. It's great that many local independent businesses are supporting Fair Trade, and that customers are showing they appreciate this commitment.

The lucky winners of the Shop Hop prize drawing have now been chosen and contacted. Congratulations all you winners! Thanks go to the businesses who donated gift vouchers: Ten Thousand Villages (Stuyvesant Plaza), Delmar Health Hut, Peaceful Inspirations and Java Jazz Cafe.

To those who took part but didn't win a prize - better luck next time! Meanwhile, please keep on promoting social justice by supporting Fair Trade in our community. Together we'll make Delmar a Fair Trade Town!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fair Trade Faithful

Many faith groups have long been supporters of Fair Trade, as they recognize the compatibility of this movement with their beliefs and mission aims. We are delighted that several local churches are backing our campaign to make Delmar a Fair Trade Town.

The following all have a long-standing committment to Fair Trade:

Delmar Reformed Church serves FT refreshments after services and has a not-for-profit FT sales table in the lobby, available to the public. DRC will host a Fair Trade Market with multiple vendors on Saturday, November 14, 11am-5pm. All welcome.

Delmar United Methodist Church also prioritizes the use of FT products for its congregation, and provides a monthly sale of Equal Exchange goods. There will be a Fair Trade Fair at the church with vendors from throughout the Capital District on Sunday, November 15, 10:30am - 2pm. All welcome.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church is another long-term Fair Trade supporter, with regular sales to the congregation of FT coffee and, most recently, chocolate. An annual Fair Trade market - The Work of Human Hands sale - will be held at St Thomas School after ALL of the masses at the church on the weekend of December 12 and 13 (5 pm on Saturday and 7:30, 9, 10:30 am and 12 noon on Sunday. Open to all.

With so many Fair Trade markets to choose from right here in Delmar, it should be easy to find wonderful FT gifts for friends and family this holiday season. There will be different vendors at each event, so why not attend them all!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gifts that give twice

Last Shop Hop stop is...

Peaceful Inspirations
384 Kenwood Ave, tel: 439 6537

A great place to buy locally made or Fair Trade gifts, including jewellery and toys.

Friday, October 16, 2009

More than just lunch

Today's shop hop focus is on

Four Corners Luncheonette
2 Grove St, tel: 439-0172

Have a great meal at the cozy luncheonette, and follow it with a cup of Fair Trade coffee. Baked goods, snacks and FT coffee also available at Delmar Farmers' Market most Saturdays.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

FT coffee to go

Today we're dropping in on...

Delmar Marketplace
406 Kenwood Ave, tel: 439 3936

You can pick up a Fair Trade coffee to go here - choose from a range of seasonal flavors: Autumn Harvest, Mountain Blueberry, Pumpkin Spice...

...or traditional Breakfast Blend.

And you can stock up on Newman's Own, too.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Perfect cup of coffee

Another stop on our shop hop tour is the:

Perfect Blend Cafe
376 Delaware Ave, tel: 439-6537

Order a Nicaraguan organic Fair Trade coffee - you won't regret it.

Perfect Blend supports many great causes, including raising funds in support of a high school education program in Belize.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Blown away at the Market

The rain held off on Saturday morning, but it was cold and windy and in the last hour at Delmar Farmers' Market awnings started to fly and the Fair Trade display nearly blew away. But it was still good to be there, at least 70 shop hop passports were distributed, and customers were seeking out our stall to get their passports stamped.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Church: Fair

Continuing our Fair Trade Shop Hop tour, today we visit...

386 Delaware Ave, tel: 439-9929

DRC has a long-standing committment to Fair Trade.

You'll find a wide range of Equal Exchange Fair Trade goods available at the not-for-profit stall in the lobby, including nuts, chocolate, cocoa and a variety of teas and coffee (whole-bean and ground).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chocolate to live for

Today's feature venue is...

406 Kenwood Ave, tel: 518-478-9122

...offering Life by Chocolate, handmade in Greenville, Greene County, NY. It's local, organic and Fair - and of course, delicious.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In the pink

Next stop on the Fair Trade Shop Hop trail...

282 Delaware Ave, tel: 518-439-7775

...offers a range of Fair Trade products, including coffee, Divine Chocolate and Dr Bronner's soaps.

Also, special for October - which is not just Fair Trade Month but also Breast Cancer Awareness Month - this organic, Fair Trade superberry pink drink.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Chocolate source

Around 100 Fair Trade Shop Hop passports were handed out on Saturday at Delmar Farmers' Market, so I hope the new bearers of them will be hopping and shopping for Fair Trade goods from all our vendors throughout this month.

For the next few days check in to this blog for pictures of our participating venues and some of the great FT products they are offering. Starting with...

318 Delaware Ave, Tel: 518-439-1727

Cute gift bags of delicious dark Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Meet you at the Market

Come and support the Fair Trade Delmar Campaign at the Farmers' Market tomorrow: 9AM - 1PM at Bethlehem Central Middle School on Kenwood Ave. Pick up a Fair Trade Shop Hop passport and get it stamped at our stall, plus get ideas on other ways to celebrate Fair Trade Month throughout October.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ready, steady...hop!

Prepare to hop and shop! Delmar's first Fair Trade Shop Hop launches tomorrow (Thurs Oct 1st). Pick up one of these passports at any participating venue and start visiting our local independent stores and cafes that support Fair Trade. Collect 4 or more stamps in your passport before the end of October and we'll enter you into a prize drawing.

Participating venues are:
Delmar Saturday Farmers' Market - Peaceful Inspirations - Perfect Blend Cafe - Delmar Marketplace - CynderElla's Subs - Four Corners Luncheonette - Java Jazz Cafe - Delmar Health Hut - Delmar Reformed Church (not-for-profit FT stall)

Happy hopping!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

31 Days, 31 Ways, 3100 Followers and 31000 Fans

31 Days, 31 Ways, 3100 Followers and 31000 Fans

Fair Trade Shop Hop: update

October is Fair Trade Month, and all over the USA people will be holding events and celebrations to promote Fair Trade in their communities. Here in Delmar NY we invite you to join in our first “Fair Trade Shop Hop” – a chance to get to know some of the local places where you can purchase Fair Trade goods.

Throughout October nine locations in Delmar will be making a special feature of the Fair Trade products they offer. You are invited to pick up a “passport” from participating vendors, which will be stamped as you visit the various locations. Collect four or more stamps and you’ll be entered into our prize drawing to win great Fair Trade prizes!

Participating locations are: Delmar Saturday Farmers’ Market, Peaceful Inspirations, Perfect Blend Café, Delmar Marketplace, CynderElla’s Subs, Four Corners Luncheonette, Java Jazz Café, Delmar Health Hut, Delmar Reformed Church.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Joining forces

This week the Fair Trade Delmar Campaign has been joined by new friends. Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce will be supporting our efforts, and Friends of Five Rivers (the amazing volunteers who do so much work for Five Rivers Environmental Education Center) passed a formal resolution adopting Fair Trade and backing our campaign. THANK YOU to both these great organizations.

If a group YOU belong to would like to add its name to our campaign, we'd love to hear from you!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fair Trade Shop Hop

Coming soon - Delmar's 1st Fair Trade Shop Hop!

Running throughout Fair Trade Month in October, this will be a chance to visit and get to know some of our local stores and cafes which support Fair Trade.

Watch this space for details!

Friday, September 11, 2009

"Black Gold" at the Linda

Don't miss the screening of Black Gold - a film about coffee and trade - at WAMC's theatre The Linda, 7pm on Thursday September 17. To be followed by an open panel discussion. Fair Trade Delmar Campaign will have a table at this event - come and say hello!

Welcome to the Fair Trade Delmar Campaign!

We are a group of individuals in Delmar, NY dedicated to promoting Fair Trade in our community - and beyond. We belong to the national Fair Trade Towns USA movement that seeks to support producers in developing countries by spreading the word about Fair Trade at grassroots level. We hope you will join us in our mission to help create a fairer, healthier and more sustainable world through commitment to Fair Trade.