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West-End Store Offers More Local Beer

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

cyclonebill - Ravnsborg RodBeer lovers now have a lot more to be happy about at GreenStar. The recent addition of two large coolers in the West-End store has allowed the Grocery Department to bring in more variety and more local beers, and much of what was already available on the shelves can now be purchased chilled.

"We have at least 38 new beers from several new companies," said Grocery Manager Adam Morris. "We have ten times as much cold beer as before. And we are much less likely to run out of your favorites now that we have more space."

All of the beers on offer at GreenStar are local (sourced within 100 miles), regional (sourced within 300 miles), or organic, as set out in the member referendum passed in April 2007 that allowed alcohol to be sold at the Co-op.

For those who like to experiment, nearly a quarter of the new cooler space is dedicated to single bottles of beer. Pick up one that looks interesting, or make your own six-pack of cold beer. It's perfect if you're curious about a new variety, but don't want to commit to an entire six- or four-pack.

For those who prefer organic, Wolaver's, a longstanding favorite, is in the cooler, with plenty of space dedicated to their popular Oatmeal Stout. Peak Organic Brewing Company's six-packs are also available chilled, and their IPA is available in the singles cooler.

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Spring Is Sweet at Finger Lakes Maple Products

By Julian Montijo

maple3-smTraditions of generational farming live on at the home of Finger Lakes Maple Products, where Owen Raymond makes 250 to 400 gallons of maple syrup by hand each year. Owen and his wife, Donna, who does the bookkeeping for the small-scale business, have been fine-tuning their process of maple syrup production since 1999. They do everything from tapping the trees to boiling and bottling the sap, all of which is done at their home in Ellis Hollow just outside of Ithaca.

Owen is no rookie when it comes to the production of maple syrup. With family roots in Quebec, where 80 percent of the world's syrup is produced, he has a solid history in the trade. As he was growing up, his grandfather made maple syrup, as did his parents. When starting his own business, Owen remembered doing a lot of rewarding work for his father's maple syrup production, and wanted to continue the practice. Owen is now part of the fourth generation of maple farmers in his family, using many of his father's former tools and equipment.

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All Up in Your Grill

Adam Morris,
Grocery Manager

grill-jalepenosIt's not too early to start grilling — try some local pork, or meatless Gardein products. We've got all the fixin's.

It's never too early to start grilling! Try local, heritage-breed, pasture-raised, and 100-percent organic-grain-fed pork products from Hog Wild Farm for great barbecue fare! Throw those pork chops or hot dogs on your grill and fire it up with Woodstock all-natural hardwood lump charcoal. Try some Silver Hill hot-dog buns or Udi's gluten-free options. Woodstock supplies the grillin' fixin's: organic mustard and ketchup (part of our low-cost BASICS program!), and organic pickles and relish. You can also create a vegetarian barbecue from the exciting array of Gardein meatless products in the freezer. Be sure to try the new black bean burger. Round out your meal with a crisp, cold, regionally brewed Narragansett lager — the Pabst Blue Ribbon of New England and the perfect complement to springtime grilling! Not local enough for you? How about a bottle of Utica Club, the Pabst of upstate NY? Another easy sipping lager on hand here at the Co-op!

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