Fair Trade for Gorey Growers

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Local organic produce outside Smallchanges shop

Our customers really appreciate the effort that goes into growing fresh fruit and vegetables without using chemical fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. And they show their appreciation by paying a Fair Price for it. When local growers and smallholders give us fresh, chemical-free, seasonal fruit and vegetables, we don't put a price tag on it - we trust our customers to pay what they consider to be a fair price. And we give all that money back to the grower.
What we love about shopping this way is that we are diverting our money from the big globalised food industry and giving it straight back to the people who put the hours and hard work into growing it. We're enjoying fresher healthier food and reducing our carbon footprint.

The Fair Trade principle we are using encourages pesticide-free, sustainable growing methods. Since the beginning we've returned the proceeds to the growers. This is a fair exchange of our space for supplying our customers with something they want. It fits in with our ethos of Organic Whole Foods and with our Environmental concerns around GMO-free, limiting Food Miles, avoiding Chemical Fertilisers and Pesticides, and supporting local communities. 

This year we were delighted to welcome more local Growers in to our Gorey shop . We ask only that it is grown locally and that no chemicals are used. It is such a simple thing that we and our customers want. When you buy fresh Fruit and Vegetables here you are supporting your local grower and getting food that is

  • Free from Pesticide residues
  • Grown locally, with short travel distance
  • In Season and at their nutritional best

So - Thanks to all the local growers who have enthusiastically joined our Scheme, we've had Apples, Artichokes, Beetroot, Carrots, Chillies, Chives, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnips, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Rhubarb, Rocket, Mixed Salad bags, Scallions, Spinach, Tomatoes.
And its surprising how much is being grown without chemicals in our area. We've had produce from Ballygarrett, Ballymore, Bolaney, Coolgreaney, Ferns, Gorey and Kilanerin. Our Thanks to Alan, Ciaran, John, Tim, Mervyn & Michelle, Roz and others whose names we may have missed.

So Far - SO Good

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