Equal Exchange fair trade, organic avocados from Peru are here!
In previous years, we have only had Equal Exchange avocados throughout the Mexican avocado season, which typically runs from August to May, give or take a month. These avocados come from the Mexican producer co-op PRAGOR, in the Michoacán region.
As avocados have continued to become a staple in American diets, Peru has grown their avocado production, as their growing season complements the Mexican season.
Over the last several months, the team at Equal Exchange has been working with an organization in Peru called La Grama to source small-farmer-grown avocados. Small farmers have always been at a disadvantage: large fruit corporations dominate the supply chain from top to bottom, owning everything from the plantations to the shipping vessels, while small farmers have higher production costs and lack the product volume and power to successfully export their fruit. As a result, these farmers must organize into cooperatives to aggregate supply and maneuver access to markets. La Grama works with small farmers to provide technical assistance, organizational development, and market access with the goal of connecting these farmers to export markets.
For the 2018 growing season, Equal Exchange is starting with a month-long trial of Peruvian avocados. Try them out and see what you think. They’ll be on sale this weekend (June 8-10, 2018) for $0.99 each. Eat them plain, or try a recipe like this one for Avocado Fries. You can read more on Equal Exchange’s website, here. Developing this relationship could potentially mean having fair trade, organic avocados year round!
Weaver Street Market values cooperative partnerships and organizations that work to make a better world for small farmers, at home and abroad. We have a long-standing relationship with Equal Exchange, a co-op itself, which has strict standards for fair trade and works with growers world-wide. We carry coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, nuts, dried fruit, and more that is imported from farmer co-ops by Equal Exchange.
More avocado recipes on our website: https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/?s=avocado&cat=4