On Saturday, November 20, there was a hive of ‘socially distanced’ activity in the Baltinglass Square for the Baltinglass Fairly Traded Christmas market.
Organised by Baltinglass Fairtrade, the message was to include Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate and bananas in each person’s shopping basket to make a real difference in the lives of farmers, workers and their families in developing countries so we can build back fairer together.
People at the market sampled Fairtrade refreshments of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Grange Con Kitchen sponsored the Fairtrade banana bread available to sample.
Fairly traded Christmas decorations were also on sale with people pleased to to support crafters in Nepal and Bethlehem.
The group encouraged a more sustainable Christmas too.
Jim Callery, Wicklow County Council’s Environment Awareness Officer provided information booklets with ideas for sustainable gift wrapping, free to take Children’s Advent book calendar, and shopping at Grange Con Store Cupboard, the local refill station.
The Crafting Farmer provided sustainable crafting products while everybody was encouraged to shop at The Community Shop and The People’s Shop this year.
Tony’s Chocolonely, which is Fairtrade, sponsored a Lucky Dip to win Tony’s bars of chocolate.
Baltinglass Fairtrade Group said: “There was great support for The Fairly Traded Christmas Market in Baltinglass.
The aim of the day was about asking people to think about how they shop and the impact this can have on so many.
"Each of us can make a difference, yes perhaps a small difference, but a difference nonetheless.
"Thanks to everyone who volunteered on the day and to all who supported the event and the raffle.
"We can all make a difference, let’s start now."
The winner of the Fairtrade Hamper was Evelynn Deans. This was sponsored by the Baltinglass Fairtrade Group
The winner of The Grange Con Store Cupboard Hamper was Paula Kavanagh. Jen Page, owner of the Grange Con store cupboard, sponsored this hamper.
Baltinglass Fairtrade works to increase awareness of Fairtrade in the community and availability of Fairtrade products in local shops and catering outlets.
More details can be found on the Baltinglass Fairtrade Facebook page.