Back when we lived in Turkey, it was a lot easier to eat well. And by “well,” I mean purchase, prepare, and consume food that was ethically-made and in season. Don’t get me wrong; there was still your standard packaged food and German-borne imports, but on the whole, food was well-made and trustworthy.
After we moved there it took awhile to get used to how quickly the food spoiled in our fridge—like, days, instead of weeks, the way it did in the States. I never before realized how much our food in the U.S. was coated in preservatives (even the “real food” stuff). Amazing.
If you’ve read the food section in Blue Bike, you know I have great nostalgia and affection for our neighborhood Turkish pazar, the twice-weekly farmer’s market in our neighborhood brimming to overflow with affordable, delectable, seasonal produce. Piles of strawberries and peppers and olives, saturated rich with color and infused with an aroma you could enjoy just by standing next to them. What a place.
It was good. And it’s one of the things I miss most back here in the States.
I’m grateful for organizations like Trade as One, because their mission combines two of my favorite things: promoting fair trade and breaking the cycle of worldwide poverty for some people, while helping other people eat well and lessen their excess spending.
As Trade as One says, “We live in a world with two crises. The first is the crisis of extreme poverty that affects much of the developing world. The second is the crisis of meaning brought about by vacuous consumerism that has left much of the developed world with a different sort of poverty. We believe Fair Trade is a way to alleviate both.”
Every three months, you can receive a gift basket subscription full of seasonal goods, all ethically made. You feed yourself quality stuff; your wallet supports ethical work. They’re seriously one of my favorite organizations, and The Art of Simple is happy to applaud and promote their work.
Trade as One wants to give one of you one of their winter gift baskets! Full of stuff like purple jasmine rice, chili-infused olive oil, sun-dried tomato caper spread, dried pineapple, and Divine dark chocolate, it’ll be like Christmas at your doorstep.
To enter, simply leave any comment on this post! (If you’re reading this via email or RSS, please head to the post directly and comment.)
And head here to sign up for their gift basket subscription (they have options like gluten-free and vegan!). A worthwhile portion of your grocery budget, let me tell you.
This giveaway will end Friday night, March 7, and we’ll announce the winner soon after!