World Fair Trade Day celebrates businesses selling fair trade products across the globe and the theme this year is "Fair Trade is Peace." These products help alleviate world poverty by highlighting how conventional trade leaves independent small farmers and craftspeople at a disadvantage. In Boise, everyone from the Co-op to Ten Thousand Villages will be opening their doors this Saturday in a unique way for World Fair Trade Day. For their customers, the Co-op will label all their fair trade products, which total about 50, and will be handing out info on fair trade. The Co-op is happy to participate in the international event, so look out for their Fair Trade Day sign letting customers know the Co-op supports these products as well as the philosophy behind fair trade. Products featured are teas, coffees, clothing and chocolate. The Co-op is located at 888 W. Fort St.
Hyde Park is also slated to show their support as the festivities go hand in hand with the neighborhood. Participating businesses will feature locally-grown produce and fair trade coffee and treats. Ten Thousand Villages will host demonstrations by fair trade craftspeople offering free samples of fair trade chocolates and coffee. Native American women from the Duck Valley Reservation will demonstrate their art of beading in front of the store so passersby will be able to see how labor intensive the work can be. A local group of Indian drummers will also perform.
Ten Thousand Villages will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. An extensive selection of merchandise from 32 countries is featured at the store and staff will be on hand to tell the stories of the artisans behind the handicrafts. From Indian tablecloths to dishes from Vietnam and Bangladesh star streamers to wall flower vases from the Philippines, there's plenty of decorations to bring an exotic feel to your home while contributing to a worthwhile cause. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 1609 N. 13th St., 333-0535. Learn more at www.tenthousandvillagesid.com.