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Ballston Spa

New York States First Fair Trade Town



 Always making progress in the community…


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Also, check out the entire Fair Trade Towns USA site: www.fairtradetownsusa.org

Welcome to the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association’s page about FAIR TRADE.  Scroll down to read about:  Upcoming Events, Why is Ballston Spa a fair trade town? Which places in town actively support fair trade?  What is Fair Trade? and If I Buy Fair Trade am I still Buying Local?



October is National Fair Trade Month!  Ask about fair trade at the businesses where you shop.

October 18, Meet with Pedro Ascencio from Las Colinas Coffee Cooperative in El Salvador and Peter Buck from Equal Exchange to hear about the difference that fair trade makes.  First Presbyterian Church, 10 AM.   RSVP to Meg:  885-4258

October 22, Third Annual Fair Trade Conference, Ballston Spa High School, 8:30 AM – 12:30PM
Click here for a flyer about the conference:
Click here for a registration form:

October 31, Reverse Trick or Treating!  100,000 Kids across the US will spread the word about organic farming and fair trade by giving out fair trade chocolates as they trick or treat.  To find out more, please stop in to Mango Tree Imports or attend the Conference on October 22 at the Ballston Spa High School!

FAIR TRADE TOWNS:     In December of 2008 Ballston Spa was declared a Fair Trade Town.  We were just the 9th in the US, and now one of just 24 communities (some small towns and some big cities)
across the US that can claim this distinction. 
This means that, based on our population of just over 5000 residents we have: 

  • at least 3 businesses who sell fairly traded products
  • at least 2 community organizations support fair trade
  • a steering committee which meets regularly
  • (we always need more members on the Ballston Spa Fair Trade Coalition)
  • consistent media attention about fair trade
  •   a resolution written and passed by our local government supporting fair trade


Faith Organizations which serve fair trade coffee:            
Christ Episcopal Church, West High St.
First Presbyterian Church, West High St.
United Methodist Church, Milton Ave.

Cafes or Restaurants which serve fair trade products:    
Coffee Planet
Fifty South
Front St. Deli
Whistling Kettle

Retail Stores or Services that use or sell fair trade products:        
Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic
        Blue Caboose Framery
Living Well Healing Arts Ctr and Spa
Mango Tree Imports
Midtown Wine and Spirits Shop
O’Brien Pharmacy
Strolling Village Artisans
Wild Thyme Whole Food & Tea Co.


The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is a group of businesses and individuals working together to make Ballston Spa a great place to work, live and visit. The association works in conjunction with Village government and other groups to enhance our community.
The people of the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association are proud of our community and we are working very hard to make a difference in Ballston Spa.