Monday, December 15, 2014

Ten Thousand Villages: A Great Place for Gifts

I've always loved shopping at Ten Thousand Villages.  They are the largest and oldest fair trade organization in North America, selling food products, personal items, home decor, and gift items.  Also, they are a non-profit organization.  I bought a great book called "If the World Were a Village" while we were at this store in Montreal in August. 

The kind people from Ten Thousand Villages offered to send me a few products to try this holiday season.  One was Zatoun extra virgin olive oil made in Palestine.

This oil is very flavourful, and was great in the hummus that we made on the weekend.

They also sent a little dish that is really pretty, and would be perfect for displaying Christmas chocolates.  It is a crackle glaze square plate, made in Vietnam.  It is available for $12.

The other product we tried was Za'atar, a beautiful spice mixture that is perfect on our morning breakfast potatoes.  It's also great in the olive oil as a dip for bread, or sprinkled over a salad.

It is a mixture of thyme, roasted sesame seeds, sumac and sea salt.  You can buy the spice mixture alone for $6, the olive oil for $20, and they are purchases you can feel good about, knowing that the men and women of Palestine are getting a fair dollar for their products. 

Have you ever shopped at Ten Thousand Villages?
Do you have one of these stores near you?

*Full Disclosure: The products in this post were provided to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.


Amber said...

I got some Christmas gifts from the 10 Thousand Villages craft fair when it was here too! It was awesome!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I've never heard of this store but I love the concept! And those prices are very reasonable and would make great gifts! I just saw a GF bread recipe that called for Za'atar seasoning but wasn't sure what it was! Now I know! :)

Unknown said...

It's also great in the olive oil as a dip for bread, or sprinkled over a salad.
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