Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24th February until 8th March 2020.
This is a Fairtrade renewal year for Guernsey, and we need your help to reach more islanders with the Fairtrade message and show them the power they have as consumers and active citizens.
Through various events, we’ll be telling the stories of Fairtrade cocoa farmers and explaining the different that only Fairtrade makes to women like Therese and Edith.
Receiving the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium has enabled Therese to send her children to school and give them opportunities she did not have. For Edith, being a Fairtrade certified farmer, has enabled her to access training and empowered her to diversify her income to bring in more money for her and her family.
Only Fairtrade is fighting for cocoa farmers to earn the living incomes they deserve as well as supporting these women to raise their voices and bring positive change to their families and communities.
We need your help to share their stories and show the demand for chocolate made by companies doing business differently. You could hold a storytelling session in your workplace, school or church, take part in our plans to spread their stories across the island by hiding some ‘storybombs’ for people to find, or display some posters where staff and the public can see them.
We’d love to hear what you’re planning for this Fairtrade Fortnight so hit reply and let us know!
Don’t forget to look out for details of our plans at https://www.facebook.com/FairtradeGuernsey/.
We hope to see you at some of our events!
Thank you for your support.
Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group
We’re pleased to say that Print My Tees are the latest local company to sign up as supporters of Fairtrade.
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Tom Hunt Recipe for Fairtrade Baked Apricot Frangipane
In this recipe, Tom Hunt, award-winning chef, food writer and food-waste campaigner, uses a summer fruit favourite for a classic British treat. The addition of vanilla here gives the frangipane an extra layer of flavour. But did you know that the premium price for this popular spice doesn’t always translate to decent working conditions for vanilla farmers?
Baked apricots are deliciously fragrant. I love eating them for breakfast with yoghurt or serving them as a light dessert after a rich meal.
This recipe uses Fairtrade sugar, Fairtrade almonds and Fairtrade vanilla. In Madagascar, Fairtrade vanilla farmers are fighting child labour and doing their best to provide decent work to support families in the country. Roughly 80% of the world’s vanilla is produced in Madagascar but this industry has been identified by the US Department of Labour as high risk for goods produced with child labour.
To support change for the better, choose Fairtrade vanilla for your summer baking.
500g apricots, 150g natural Fairtrade cane sugar
Cut the apricots around the middle down to the seed. Twist each half and pull apart. Remove the stone. Lay on a baking tray, sprinkle with sugar and place a tiny piece of butter on each. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the sugar is melted and the apricots are soft.
Frangipane is just about my favourite dessert/cake. The rich almond sponge has all the flavour and moistness that a flour based sponge lacks. Frangipane is a good carrier for tart seasonal fruits. At my restaurant we put a different frangipane on the menu each season from quinces to rhubarb.
Ingredients – Makes about 12 portions
500g BAKED apricots
100g Fairtrade ground almonds
100g Fairtrade caster sugar
100g Unsalted butter, slightly softened
2 tsp Fairtrade vanilla
1 large egg
For the ruff puff
250g plain flour
190g cold butter, cut into 1cm cubes
125ml cold water
Method – Preheat oven 180C
1) Put the flour in a bowl, add the butter and stir. Mix in the water. Form the pastry into a lump and roll out into a large rectangle. Fold the dough in by one third on one side then fold the other third over the top. Roll out the sheet again then repeat by folding a third and third. Place in cling film then put into the fridge for 30 minutes.
2) Mix the frangipane ingredients, ground almonds, sugar, egg, butter and vanilla and beat until smooth.
3) Roll out the puff pastry 3-5mm thick onto a large baking tray. Using a knife, score a border into the pastry about 1 inch from the edge.
4) Spread the frangipane mixture evenly over the pastry about 1 cm thick up to the border. Place the BAKED apricots on top of the frangipane .
5) Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the pastry and frangipane have risen and are golden.
Storage: The baked apricots will keep for a week in the fridge in a sealed container. The frangipane will be good for 3 days. If you have any spare rough puff it keeps well in the freezer.
Find more inspiration from Tom Hunt on his Instagram @tomsfeast
Better for the poor producer and fairer.
Your support of farmers who toil, sweat and slog to provide us with the food on our tables has ensured that they receive a better deal, leading to a better and more stable income, helping them to break the cycle of poverty they are trapped in.
Here’s some ideas of how you can continue to support them……
Shop with the producer in mind
Make choosing Fairtrade part of your regular shopping. Look for the Fairtrade Mark and remember the benefits for the producer when you choose Fairtrade.
Spread the word
Take your Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, etc. into your workplace, school, church, club. Let your friends and colleagues see that you care and encourage them to do their bit too.
Make your office / workplace Fairtrade
Since the Bailiwick of Guernsey was awarded Fairtrade Island Status in 2006 over 250 local businesses, shops, cafes, restaurants, churches, hotels and clubs have registered their support with Fairtrade Guernsey.
Try and influence decisions to support Fairtrade by converting to Fairtrade refreshments. A minimum of 4 items is all that’s required and supply is easily arranged. We’ll add your organisation to our growing list, provide you with a colourful window sticker and certificate for you to proudly display….. and there’s no fee whatsoever, just a willingness to support.
(To register go to “GET INVOLVED” “Registration”)
Fairtrade is more than just coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate, wine, etc. There’s nearly 5,000 different items carrying the Fairtrade Mark.
Think Fairtrade Gold for wedding and engagement rings.
Think Fairtrade wine for wedding receptions and celebrations.
Think Fairtrade for Easter eggs and Advent calendars.
Think Fairtrade dried fruit, chocolate, sugar, etc. for cake baking.
Think Fairtrade for stylish cotton clothing.
Think Fairtrade marmalade, fruit juice and jam for breakfast.
Think Fairtrade and be inspired……
Campaign for Fairtrade
The Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group is a small, hardworking, friendly team who meet 4/6 times a year to plan events to further raise the profile and support of Fairtrade in the Bailiwick……..and we’re always looking for keen people to join us. If you’d like to know more, contact the Secretary, Steve Mauger on 728064 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for showing your support for Fairtrade.
Millions of farmers in developing countries who grow our food aren’t paid enough to feed their own families.
Choose Fairtrade – because farmers deserve a fair deal.
Share our film http://fairtrade.org.uk/choosefairtrade
To see what our sister island is doing to drive Fairtrade forward, take a look at their new website: