Sunday, February 18, 2007,10:09 PM
Where to buy Fair Trade
After my last post and discussing these issues at church today, I've had a few people ask where to buy fair trade goods. Here are a few options.

In the west/southwest Chicago suburbs -

Trader Joes - Glen Ellyn, Batavia - coffee, tea, chocolate
Whole Foods - Wheaton - coffee and tea
Ten Thousand Villages - Glen Ellyn - coffee, tea, chocolate, rice, beans, heath supplies, decor
Village Grind - Oswego, Yorkville - coffee
Caribou Coffee - Rainforest blend coffee
Jewel - some coffee, tea

Online retailers -

Fair Trade at Amazon - buy coffee, chocolate, tea, sugar, candy, rice, and salsas.

Equal Exchange - coffee, tea, and chocolate

Global Exchange - coffee, tea, chocolate, gifts

Click here for more links.


posted by Julie at 10:09 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 2/19/2007 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous tatiana

    One of the best places to buy fair trade food is at Wild Oats Market (there is one in Hinsdale, or Evanston, as far as Chicagoland goes). It is a pricey store, but I respect them for carrying so many fair trade things. The Fair Trade options that I know of at Wild Oats are coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, vanilla, and bananas. I think they continuously get in newly certified foods, as well. Pretty sweet!

  • At 2/19/2007 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    Thanks for the suggestion. I wish there was a Wild Oats close to us. As is, I already drive 45min-1hour to find a Trader Joes...

  • At 3/01/2007 08:53:00 AM, Anonymous Rodney North

    I’m happy to have stumbled across this blog. I’m one of the worker-owners of the Equal Exchange co-op, and we’ve been working in the Fair Trade movement for 20+ years and so are always heartened to see the word getting out. With that intro I’d like to just add to some of the Fair Trade information that Julie has posted.

    At Trader Joe's you can also find Fair Trade organic hot cocoa (called "Conacado" after the farmer co-op that grows the cocoa).

    At most Whole Foods you can get Fair Trade sugar.

    One Hand readers might also like to know that thousands of places of worship, and faith-based offices, and hospitals are know buying, serving and selling Fair Trade coffee, cocoa and other products, including hundreds in the Chicago-land area alone. Most of them do so through our “Interfaith Program” at Equal Exchange. See:
    Through it we make over Fair Trade information and over 100 Fair Trade food & beverage products available at wholesale prices to individual churches or offices.

    For schools seeking to switch to organic and Fair Trade products for fundraising we’ve also created a program for this. See:


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