Giveaway: Win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card!
We all know the old adage — roses are red, violets are blue.
Red roses on Valentines’ Day send a classic message – eternal love.
This may or may not be in the cards for some of us – a girl can dream — however, last Valentine’s Day, 29 percent of shoppers chose to purchase other hues, too. Why? There are many types of love to celebrate – puppy love, friendship, family love, self love – and every rose color sends a special message, so choose wisely (look below for ideas)!
With a rainbow of roses and sentiments to send “it’s the thought that counts,” takes on a whole new meaning. But what about the farm workers who pick those each stem? Are shoppers thinking about where their roses come from or how their purchases impact farm workers’ lives? The news there isn’t always rosy…
(No pun intended. Couldn’t resist, though!)…so I guess it *was* intended…? Anyway…
Recently, I got the opportunity to sample Whole Trade roses from Whole Foods Market, which guarantee fair prices to producers, safe and healthy working conditions for farm workers, environmentally-friendly growing practices, high quality products, and one percent donation of each purchase to Whole Planet Foundation for poverty relief. That shows a special kind of love this Valentine’s Day no matter what hue you choose.
I was flabbergasted to learn Whole Foods Market has funded more than $4 million in premiums to support improvement programs for floral workers and their communities in Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica. So far, those extra dollars have funded first homes for families, scholarships for children, community art programs, medical and dental treatments and an overall improvement in the quality of life for farm workers, their families and their communities.
And so, I wanted to help. And so I am doing a fun giveaway where you can get some Whole Trade roses of your very own (but obviously you can use the gift card for anything you want, if you win!) Not sure which color to pick? Here are shades to consider:
- · Red – romantic love
- · Yellow – friendship or congratulations
- · White – “I miss you” (also truth and purity)
- · Peach – “Thank you”
- · Purple – love at first sight
- · Yellow with red tips – friendship turning into love
One reader will win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card — to have your chance to win, make sure you are following @AlyWalansky on Twitter, and then RT this giveaway – then comment below (or tweet me) and share someone in your life that you want to give these special roses to this season. Doesn’t have to be a date – could be a mom, sister, friend, teacher, anyone — even yourself! Deadline to enter is February 9. Good luck!