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

Good and Good For You? Just Dandy

By Joe Damiano,
Bulk Department Manager

dandy-blend-coffee-substituteTry some traditional products with great health benefits —umeboshi plums and miso are delicious additions to your diet.

I want to remind you of the health benefits of some bulk products I really enjoy. From ancient Japan comes "the king of alkaline foods," used to balance and strengthen: the Umeboshi plum, tart and salty, treasured for its juicy pulp, delicious flavor, and high citric acid content. Pickled with red shiso leaves, it's a great digestive aid, ideal for sushi, rice balls, salad dressings. Next, miso, a traditional Asian seasoning with a strong, salty flavor, is made by fermenting beans or grains. The resulting smooth-textured paste is a healthy probiotic food, adding beneficial microorganisms to the digestive tract. Stir it into soups, but don't boil it. On a different note, Dandy Blend Coffee Substitute may be the easiest and tastiest way to get the benefits of dandelion and chicory. With 630 mg of dandelion/chicory extract per cup, Dandy Blend is gluten-free and has a rich, smooth, full-bodied coffee flavor — without caffeine, acidity, or bitterness.

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