by Kendra Wingate Correspondent Artisans and farmers from around the world are producing goods now available in Fairfield with the opening of 5 Oceans, 1215 Post Road. The store, which boasts the slogan \u201cCome see the world in the back of the Brick Walk,\u201d imports items from Mexico, Vietnam, India, Nicaragua, Kenya, Peru, and Chile, alongside goods from the United States. The idea for the fair trade store was born abroad. \u201cSeveral years ago I went to Senegal on a mission trip with my son. We shopped and saw things being made right in front of us by hand,\u201d owner Christine Schwartz said. \u201cI was teaching my children that there is a version of local no matter where you go and there are people who hand-make things and it\u2019s been their tradition for sometimes centuries.\u201d Once back home, Schwartz found she wanted more of the items she had purchased while traveling, but could not find them. \u201cI started thinking one day I\u2019m going to do something to bring all these beautiful products that I\u2019d like to share to everybody.\u201d Handmade, one-of-a-kind items that are offered include coffees from Mexico, scarves from India, colorful baskets made from telephone wire, jewelry, bowls made from olive wood stumps, organic teas, soaps, reusable wine bags, artisan chocolates, and gifts. What is not grown is made using recycled material in underdeveloped countries. Even the packing material is recycled. The store is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a trade association that \u201cstrengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade,\u201d according to its website. Members have one primary purpose: to support farmers and artisans in developing countries through the practice of fair trade in a safe and healthy working environment, free of forced labor and discrimination, while seeking to encourage environmentally sustainable practices and to create positive and equitable change while revitalizing traditions and sustaining cultures. Producers are also offered prompt and fair pay in addition to interest-free advance payment for handmade goods and agricultural harvest. Efforts to be sustainable include the solar-powered parking lights that make use of sunshine at the bright Brick Walk location of 5 Oceans, and bins that collect rainwater. Information is available at 5oceansfairtrade.com or 203-955-1787.