More About the Bulk Department

Get back to basics with bulk foods at GreenStar. With its strong emphasis on organic and locally produced foods, our Bulk Department truly reflects the needs and values of our membership.

Dig into our large selection of healthy and hearty whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, fruits, oils, vinegars and sweeteners as well as an amazing selection of granolas, trail mixes, and other snacks.

Every day, in our aisles, you'll find products that represent GreenStar's commitment to protecting the environment and workers' rights. Most of our products are organic (some conventional equivalents are also available) and Fair Trade Certified coffee, chocolate and sweeteners also abound. Of course we are always on the lookout for new Fair Trade products and will stock them as soon as they become available. We also offer many locally produced, organic products such as beans, grains and seeds from Cayuga Pure Organics; maple syrup from Wards Maple; honey from Rowland's Honey; and tofu from Ithaca Soy (made from local, organic soybeans, too!) just to name a few. We also carry many products to support wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free diets that may be hard to find elsewhere.

Our friendly and knowledgeable Bulk Department staff has many years of natural food experience and is always available to answer your questions, or help with your specific needs, whatever they may be.

The Bulk Department enjoys support from a large crew of member-workers that help to keep us stocked, in exchange for a healthy discount at the checkout lanes. Some of our member-workers have worked in the Department for over a decade!

Whether you're looking for some basic organic staples to cook dinner at home or for a potluck or some decadent, organic, Fair Trade treat for your sweetie, you'll find it right here, in Bulkville!

New in Bulk

From Biosphere Nucleus to Your Cup: Bird of Paradise Fair Trade Coffee

Joe Damiano,
Bulk Department Manager

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A hot cup of organic Fair Trade coffee is just the thing for these nippy autumn mornings. We're bringing back some favorites.

We have a couple of great organic, Fair Trade coffees returning to Bulk in October. One is a very flavorful, low-acidity Sumatran from Tierra Farm. The other, Bird of Paradise — a great-tasting Co-op favorite last year — comes to us from Equal Exchange. Since its availability is limited, we're running a sale on it at $9.99/lb. for its first month back! Bird of Paradise coffee is grown in Mexico's El Triunfo Biosphere Preserve, a lush, dynamic park that contains many micro-ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests to high, misty cloud forests to low wetlands. The core of the reserve, or nucleus, is restricted to conservation and scientific activity. The buffer zone surrounding the nucleus is a working landscape where sustainable development is allowed. There, a cooperative of farmers grows coffee using natural techniques that invest in the biosphere reserve, in the health of the soil and of the coffee trees, and therefore in the quality of the coffee beans.

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