“We were familiar with fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate through buying and selling these products at our church for many years, through Lutheran World Relief. But where could we buy other fair trade products and gifts? Our curiosity led us to discover the Fair Trade Federation of North America, and we immediately connected with a committed group of fair trade wholesalers who work with countless artisan groups in various parts of the world. We wanted to share and promote these beautiful, handmade treasures in the communities in which we live and work, so that fair trade products could be more easily accessible to everyone.
We started small by selling products locally at fairs, events, and churches. Eventually, we invested in a retail space and Fair Trade Winds was born. Today, our extended family operates four stores which are an integral part of a cooperative effort to benefit farmers, artisans, and the environment.”