Fair Trade or local?

So you’re trying to be conscientious about what you buy, especially when it comes to food. And you love the idea that farmers around the world can get a fair price for their crops and build their communities.

Fantastic! Sounds like you’re already a Fair Trade superstar in training!

Of course, one can’t live on Fair Trade bananas, cocoa and coffee alone. Local food can fill the gap for those who want to know where their food comes from.

Farmers’ markets are springing up in neighbourhoods all over the city, with the newest one opening in Westboro last weekend. Not much of a surprise, as the City of Ottawa is 80% rural. And as those who went to Ottawa’s inaugural National Capital Craft Beer Week and Festival proved last week, it’s getting easier to get a great local brew, too.

Eating locally helps sustain agriculture here at home and keeps more of your food dollars in the community. After this past summer’s drought, local growers would certainly appreciate your business. Also, like many of your favourite Fair Trade items, a good selection of the produce at markets is organic. (Hey, there’s even a film about that. You should go see it.)

And come visit the FTOÉ tables at the Carp and Cumberland farmers’ markets this coming Saturday (August 25), and learn why there’s room in a conscious consumer’s diet for both Fair Trade and local food.

 

Special thanks to Ethical Ocean for the infographic.

Taste of Wellington West

September 15, 2012 at Bridgehead (Wellington at Fairmont)

What’s better than free food? Free Fair Trade food, of course! FTOÉ will be giving out delicious samples and chatting with passers-by about our initiatives and how they relate to consumer habits. Special thanks to Bridgehead for supporting us on this event!

Ottawa Folk Festival

September 6-10, 2012 at Hog’s Back Park

FTOÉ will be at the Community Tent of the Ottawa Folk Festival this year! Our focus at this festival is connecting the dots for consumers between the Fair Trade and local food movements. Be sure to stop by our table for some delicious samples, a good chat, or a hug from a banana-wearing volunteer. After all, does it get any better than that?

Special event: September 9th at 1:00pm.
We are running an interactive workshop connecting the local and Fair Trade food movements, and you won’t want to miss it!

 

Special thanks to Ethical Ocean for the great info-graphic!

FTOÉ Goes Bananas

With the Take a Step campaign well underway, FTOÉ was tickled yellow to be included in Fairtrade Canada’s latest Take a Step Contest. Considering our particular fascination with bananas and how good-looking our team is, it only made sense for us to enter a contest for the title of best-looking banana!

With entries ranging from UBC’s Superhero Banana to bananas with David Suzuki and George Stroumboulopoulos’ seals of approval, the competition is stiff, but FTOÉ is still feeling good. In the lead is FTOÉ’s own Ingrid Hoffmann, who defied gravity at the Emmanuel’s Gift screening a few weeks ago and returned her banana to its tree-hanging roots. Not far behind are Brian Cheung, who made a Fair Trade banana his costume of choice at Wickedly Westboro, and FTOÉ Chair Jennie Videto, with lots more FTOÉ representation on the board as well.

With this many sexy bananas coming from FTOÉ and voting still open, make sure to cast your vote today!

FTOÉ Goes Bananas

With the Take a Step campaign well underway, FTOÉ was tickled yellow to be included in Fairtrade Canada’s latest Take a Step Contest. Considering our particular fascination with bananas and how good-looking our team is, it only made sense for us to enter a contest for the title of best-looking banana!

With entries ranging from UBC’s Superhero Banana to bananas with David Suzuki and George Stroumboulopoulos’ seals of approval, the competition is stiff, but FTOÉ is still feeling good. In the lead is FTOÉ’s own Ingrid Hoffmann, who defied gravity at the Emmanuel’s Gift screening a few weeks ago and returned her banana to its tree-hanging roots. Not far behind are Brian Cheung, who made a Fair Trade banana his costume of choice at Wickedly Westboro, and FTOÉ Chair Jennie Videto, with lots more FTOÉ representation on the board as well.

With this many sexy bananas coming from FTOÉ and voting still open, make sure to cast your vote today!

Carp & Cumberland Farmers’ Markets

City Councillor Eli El-Chantiry joined us at the Carp Farmers' Market!August 25, 2012 (8:00am-1:00pm) at Carp and Cumberland Farmers’ Markets

The Carp Farmers’ Market (3790 Carp Road) and Cumberland Farmers’ Market (R.J. Kennedy Community Centre) will be playing host to FTOÉ on the 25th of August. Our volunteers will be there with bells (or perhaps bananas?) on, ready to talk to shoppers about the connections between supporting Fair Trade and supporting the local food movement, as well as all the projects we have going on and the different ways the community can show support for FTOÉ. We’ll be there from 8am to 1pm, so be sure to stop by!