Highest Quality Chocolates - Produced in Michigan and Serving the World
I am a Fair Trade and sustainability advocate, and I love chocolate. So, it’s great to combine those passions. Mimi Wheeler is doing wonderful things with chocolates and foes them in sustainable ways at her company in Empire, Michigan: Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates. Walking into Grocer's Daughter is akin to walking into the wonderful smells and tastes of chocolate shop in the movie "Chocolat" but with the cheerfulness, inside and out, of bright colors typical of Mexico's Caribbean or Ecuador's coastal towns. The flavors vary including pear, ginger, apricot orange, sunflower seed, chilis, and more. Each handmade chocolate is gorgeous, too.
People in Fair Trade, organics, cooperatives, and similar movements work together to give a hand up to others around the world. For example, Ms. Wheeler works with folks in a village in Ecuador helping them produce chocolates. Here is an article about that project: http://www.mlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2010/12/ecuador_chocola-tour_has_ties.html. Additionally, Ms Wheeler and Jody Treter (a co-founder of Higher Grounds Coffee) have established a company called GoBe to help indigenous producers in Ecuador through micro-loans.
copyright© 2011 by Paulette L. Stenzel for text and photo.