Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket brings fight to poverty

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan lhal­li­gan@dig­i­tal­first­ re­porter

SARATOGASPRINGS, N.Y. >> The fifth an­nual Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo will once again give area res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to join the fight against world­wide poverty while get­ting all their hol­i­day shop­ping done in one lo­ca­tion.

Ex­panded to two days this year, the 2018 Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo is sched­uled for 3 to 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 1 on the sec­ond floor of the Saratoga Springs City Cen­ter, lo­cated at 522 Broad­way in down­town Saratoga Springs.

Ad­mis­sion, as al­ways, is free.

The Fair-Trade Mar­ket Expo is an easy way for the com­mu­nity to skip the crowded malls for a day and lend a hand up

to ar­ti­sans in the de­vel­op­ing world, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to earn an honor­able liv­ing for them­selves and sup­port their fam­i­lies.

Ev­ery­thing on sale at the mar­ket has been made un­der fair trade con­di­tions, mean­ing the ar­ti­sans and pro­duc­ers re­ceived fair com­pen­sa­tion for their la­bor, en­joyed safe work­places, and cre­ated their goods us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prac­tices.

This year’s mar­ket will fea­ture 20 ven­dors and projects in­clud­ing sev­eral ven­dors with roots in Saratoga Springs. These ven­dors in- clude Mango Tree Im­ports, The Bos­nian Hand craft Project, AOET Uganda, The Giv­ing Cir­cle, Seeds for Peace, and Ev­ery Bas­ket Counts.

Some of the unique prod­ucts that shop­pers will be see­ing are beau­ti­fully crafted jew­elry, African mar­ket bas­kets, chil­dren’s char­ac­ter hats, silk scarves, toys, and ta­ble linens.

Also, they will find hand­made quilts from Viet­nam, bas­kets and hand­bags from Africa and Asia, slip­pers and jew­elry from Bos­nia, hand carv­ings from the Holy Land and much more.

“If you are look­ing for that per­fect one of a kind gift this is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity,” a press re­lease for the event said.

“Be part of the Fair-Trade move­ment that is an ef­fort to stop the ex­ploita­tive la­bor prac­tices around the world,” the re­lease con­tin­ued. “Shop with pur­pose this sea­son while pur­chas­ing beau­ti­fully made mer­chan­dise for your loved ones.”

Live mu­sic will be pro­vided by Rich Cle­ments and Jon Tario at the event.

A free scav­enger hunt will be held all day with prizes for kids as well..

The Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo is hosted by New Life Fel­low­ship Church & The Bos­nian Hand­craft Project, lo­cated at 51 Old Gick Rd. in Saratoga Springs.

More in­for­ma­tion about the expo can be ob­tained my email­ing sarato­gafair­


Mary Jo Kowalewski dis­plays hand­spun, hand-dyed or­ganic wool from Bos­nia at the 2017 Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo. The Bos­nian woman who sup­plies it shears her own sheep.


A shop­per ad­mires the wide variety of goods avail­able at the 2017Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo on Satur­day.

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