What We Do
“Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, sustainability and accountability.”
There is no Fair Trade store in Mankato itself. MAFTTI promotes awareness of Fair Trade products and principles - in supermarkets, smaller retail shops, coffee bars and locally-owned restaurants, schools, colleges, community organizations, religious bodies, businesses and, of course, at the civic level.
Here is information about where Fair Trade items can be found in the Mankato area.
Fair Trade Past and Futures:
The text of MAFTTI Chair Paul Renshaw's Kessel Memorial Lecture at Minnesota State University-Mankato, March 27, 2012, is here (PDF).
For many people "Fair Trade" means coffee. There are coffee shops in the Mankato area where coffee certified as "Fair Trade" is guaranteed to be available.
COFFEE HAG, 329 N Riverfront Drive, Mankato
Coffee 100% Fair Trade Organic from Seven Hills Coffee, Cincinatti, OH.
Fair Trade teas from Art of Tea, Beverley Hills, CA &
Frontier Natural Foods Co-op. Norway, IA
At three other downtown locations Fair Trade coffee is usually available:
FIILLIN' STATION, 630 S Front Street , Mankato
Coffee from Roastery 7, Brooklyn Center, MN, a company implementing its own Carbon Negative Sustainability Initiative since 2010. Regional coffees are usually certified Fair Trade.
TANDEM BAGELS, 200 E Walnut Street, Mankato
Coffee also from Roastery 7.
Fair Trade coffee from Guatemala regularly on offer and from Nicaragua when available.
Teas from Mighty Leaf Tea Co, San Raphael, CA in compostable tea pouches marketed by a company with a strong environmental mission statement and has, since 2015, also a licensed partner of Fair Trade USA.