Ten Thousand Villages will be participating at Wintergrass 2009 this year with a Fair-Trade Festival Sale. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit vendor of art and crafts that has been selling merchandise and sponsoring festival sales for over 60 years. A great history of 10,000 Villages is listed on their website.Ten Thousand Villages has grown from a home based enterprise to a global network of social entrepreneurs working to empower and provide economic opportunities to artisans in developing countries.The artwork is for sale over the web and at their over 155 locations around the country. In 2008 Ten Thousand Villages named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine. The majority of the staff of Ten Thousand Villages both in the store and at the festival are a variety of people who would love to educate you about the sources and the artists who produce the products that are available. Festival sales include handcrafted merchandise ranging from folk art to ceramics, textiles, baskets, jewelry and musical instruments. The Wintergrass sale is one of over 280 Ten Thousand Villages Festival sales scheduled for the year.