It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

Yesterday, I told you that reported on Cadbury committing to fair trade. Later, they reported that Cadbury is also are being very transparent about their commitment and opening up to dialogue and questions.

It looks like Cadbury is starting to implement a main Fair Trade principle besides paying a higher price - transparency and accountability. Cadbury has wasted no time and opened up the dialogue asking anyone and everyone to submit their burning questions regarding Cadbury's recent Fair Trade switch. Oftentimes, people consider Fair Trade to just be about paying a higher price, however one of the principles that Fair Trade was built upon was the transparent management and commercial relations to deal fairly and respectfully with trading partners. So, by Cadbury opening up the dialogue with their customers, I see it as a big step of dealing fairly and respectfully with trading partners - you and I.
Click here to read the full story.

Philadelphia is celebrating Beer Week. There will be over 684 events at dozens of venues in the city and suburbs, including the Brewer’s Plate on Sunday that benefits the Fair Food program.

We are very excited about the 5th Annual Brewer’s Plate, which will be on Sunday, March 8th, 2009 from 4:00 to 7 :00 PM at Penn Museum. As one of the marquee events of Philly Beer Week 2009, this year’s event promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever. Last year, twenty-one of the region’s top craft breweries paired with twenty-one of the Philadelphia area’s most distinguished and reputable restaurants to create a gourmet experience no food or beer lover should miss! We hope you will attend. All proceeds support the 501c3 nonprofit White Dog Community Enterprises and its main program, Fair Food.
Click here to find out more about the Brewer’s Plate, including how to get tickets.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that more and more farmers markets are choosing to stay open year round due to customer demand. I wish the ones near me would.

Pawtucket, R.I. - Inside a long corridor of a renovated mill on a cold January morning, a young brown-haired woman slices handmade ricotta and feta cheeses and lays them out on wooden cheese boards. Around her, baskets of fresh bread and homemade pies line rows of tables and locally harvested oysters poke through clusters of ice.
Although ice and snow cover the sidewalks outside, the cheerful sounds of a string band warm the makeshift marketplace in Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, R.I.
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Finally, MNN’s lifestyle blogger Siel gives us the lowdown on three books that help you go greener in your kitchen.

Taking your own bag to the grocery store’s so 2006 — though of course, you should keep doing it! But if you’re ready to move your eco-kitchen skills to the next greener level, check out these 3 new resources to hone your enviro-skills for 2009.
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Image: Matt Callow

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