Fair Trade Thanksgiving!

Food, fun, and so much to give! Here at Ten Thousand Villages, we have many products that can make your Thanksgiving festive and fair. Here are some in-store favorites for next week’s holiday.



Pumpkin candles ($8) would make great centerpieces at your Thanksgiving table or as fall decor around the house. These pumpkins are hand carved by the women artisans of CORR Jute Works in Bangladesh.







Our “Be Thankful” garland ($14) looks great on a mantle, above the fireplace, or would make a great hostess gift. Crafted by the women of Prokritee in Bangladesh, this warm and earthy decoration invites you to celebrate gratitude this holiday season.




Take a look at our Thanksgiving table below. Our handwoven baskets from Zimbabwe ($39-49) could hold bread rolls during dinner; the upcycled, hand-blown glass goblets ($29, Egypt) are perfect for apple cider; the fall leaves cutting board makes appetizer presentation a breeze; and our we have a range of autumnal, handmade linens to dress the table.

Thanksgiving is not just about food and fun, it’s also about giving thanks for our loved ones, our health and security, and our communities. Ten Thousand Villages of Austin would like to thank the artisans we have the pleasure to work with, our incredible volunteers who run our store, and everyone who has supported us and shopped with us at our new store. We extend our gratitude to you during this festive season and we wish you a Happy Fair Trade Thanksgiving!

Want to try a new dish that is fair trade friendly? How about Fair Trade Mocha Pecan Pie? By sharing fair trade foods with your loved ones, you’re advocating for developing country farmers and artisans around the world. Share the pie to grow the pie!

Fair Trade Recipe: Mocha Pecan Pie (thanks to Equal Exchange)recipe_pecantart


-1 1/4 cups flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup shortening
-3 tablespoons cold water

-3 large eggs
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-1/4 cup dark corn syrup
-2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
-5 oz. (1 1/2 cups) coarsely chopped roasted salted pecans
-1/3 cup Equal Exchange Panama Extra Dark Chocolate (a little less than -half of a 3.5 oz bar), broken into pieces
-2 tablespoons strong brewed Equal Exchange coffee

For Crust: Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in 2/3 of the shortening until the mixture resembles very fine crumbs. Cut in the remaining shortening coarsely. Do not overwork. Sprinkle with cold water, and stir with a fork until it clumps together, adding more water if necessary. Squeeze into a ball, then roll out on a floured board. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate.

Preheat oven to 400F. Blend the eggs, sugar, and syrups together. Melt the chocolate together with the butter. Mix all filling ingredients together. Pour filling into unbaked crust. Bake for 40 minutes, or until filling is slightly puffed and set. Cool on a rack.

If you’d like more recipes from Equal Exchange, check out their website here!

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