By Joe Romano,
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
The origins of the meaning of the word bargain are not really clear. It can be unmistakably traced to the Indo-European word bhergh, which means “to hide or protect.” By the time it became the Old English borgian, it had come to mean ”to borrow.” The Germans added the meanings “to pledge” or “to lend,” and then the French coined bargaignier, which spawned the words “bark,” “barge,” and then, oddly, almost inexplicably, the meaning “to haggle.”
Since then, bargain shoppers have not always been held in a very positive light; until very recently, the mere mention of bargain shopping was likely to conjure images of cheapskates, rabid Bridezillas battling over cut-rate wedding gowns, or obnoxious hagglers carting three-drawer files full of alphabetized and cross-referenced coupons from store to store, in search of dented cans and day-old bread.
By Patrick Sewell
With the holiday shopping season here, many of us have begun casting around for gifts that capture a bit of the flavor of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca Beer, with its visage of Cayuga Lake as a centerpiece of the logo, not only captures the “Spirit of the Finger Lakes,” but bottles it up in the form of brews so distinctive they have become one of Ithaca’s most congenial ambassadors.
Located just a few miles down the road from GreenStar, Ithaca Beer Company (IBC) truly represents the benefits of utilizing local vendors. For one thing, they take an active part in the local economy, working directly with Challenge Industries, a local organization that employs those with disabilities, in packaging their products. According to IBC’s sales representative, Eric VanZile, Challenge employees erect the six-pack carriers that the beer is sold in, which opens up valuable warehouse space, because the brewery doesn’t have to store the flattened carriers until they are ready to be shipped. IBC has even been able to find a local use for some of their waste; grains used in the brewing process are sold to local farmers for use as animal feed.
By Joe Romano,
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
Imagine for a moment that you were present at the start of a great and hallowed tradition. What would you imagine you might overhear on such a momentous occasion? Let us choose, for example, the first Thanksgiving.
“Would you like some more eel?” “No thanks, I am quite full on seal meat and the lovely porridge you made with the corn you stole from our storage pit.” “How are you enjoying the roasted swan? You’ve been picking at it for three days now.” “It is good but I am partial to the deer innards, and acorns.” “Well, save some room for boiled pumpkins. After all, we can celebrate the fact that almost half of us are still alive!”
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Organic pizza in great new flavors? Yes, please! And check out local dryer balls and applesauce from two area farms.
Have you found Hudson Valley Flat Bread pizzas (83 percent or more organic) in our freezers? Look again: they're there at a lower price and in several new flavors (Roasted Goat cheese, anyone?). Next, from Fibers N Creations of Willseyville, NY, we've got dryer balls made from local hand-felted wool, an all-natural way to soften laundry and decrease drying time. (Lace them with drops of essential oil!) Think local for applesauce, too. We've just added one from Crooked Carrot Farms, straight outta Danby, made from a delicious mix of apple varieties and packed in a handsome 24-oz. jar. Then there's Black Diamond Farm applesauce from Trumansburg, which includes homegrown heirloom apples. Their pint-sized option has a great texture, and no sugar. In the sweetness department, we've added Madugno A4 maple syrup, family made and family run, from Deposit, NY. GreenStar is their first retailer outside of their own farm stand! Finally, beat Ithaca heat with an Ithaca innovation: Celia's Ice Pops come in awesome flavors (apple cider rosemary!).