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The annual Rutland Fairtrade Christmas Market returns to Oakham Castle on Saturday 19 November, from 10am to 3pm. With stalls offering a fabulous variety of Fairtrade and ethically traded products from around the world, the Market will be an ideal opportunity to stock up on gifts and foods in the run up to Christmas. Items on sale include food and drink, clothes, accessories, jewellery, crafts, toys and Christmas decorations. In addition, the Co-op will be offering samples of Fairtrade wines. Admission is free.
The Christmas Market is organised by Rutland Fairtrade Forum, a voluntary group which works to promote Fairtrade across the County. By supporting Fairtrade, visitors to the Market will be helping producers in some of the world’s poorest countries to use trade as a means of improving their living standards.
Communities supported by Fairtrade are already suffering the impacts of climate change. By selling their output on Fairtrade terms, farmers have more resources available to adapt to climate change and to invest in climate-smart farming techniques, including planting trees and protecting local biodiversity. Across the world, the Fairtrade movement is partnering with other organisations to provide training to farmers in sustainable farming methods, and in order to be certified as Fairtrade it is necessary for producers to meet strict environmental standards.