Fair Trade


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?

Upcoming Events

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

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

Local Places That Support 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
  • Living Well Healing Arts Ctr and Spa
  • Midtown Wine and Spirits Shop
  • O’Brien Pharmacy
  • Strolling Village Artisans
  • Wild Thyme Whole Food & Tea Co.