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The Art of Japanese Tea Ceremony

By Sheela Kingsbury

Tea_BowlTea is nought but this:
First you heat the water,
Then you make the tea.
Then you drink it properly.
That is all you need to know.

— Sen Rikyu, 16th century Tea Master

These simple instructions invite us to step into a profound and nuanced experience of the present moment known as Chanoyu — the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Chanoyu literally means "hot water for tea." Its ultimate aim is the attainment of deep spiritual satisfaction through the drinking of tea and quiet contemplation, similar to the practice of Zen meditation.

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Understanding Food Labels

food-labelsYou can tell lot about a food by its labels. Some of what you see — like the nutritional and ingredients information — is required by law, and other information is allowed under strict guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are the agencies that govern food labels. While there's always plenty of controversy surrounding food labeling, knowing how to decipher labels can help you make better purchasing decisions.

Here's what labels must include: product name, manufacturer's name and address, amount of the item in the package (weight or count), list of ingredients (in descending order by weight) and the nutrition facts statement. (Some items — like very small packages of food, foods prepared in the store, and foods made by small manufacturers — don't always need to contain this information.)

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RK Farms Works with GreenStar to Bring Beef to Market

rk_farms.jpgBy Jennifer Wholey,

GreenLeaf Intern

Who doesn’t love a little more variety? The ability to make informed choices has always been an important value for GreenStar shoppers. Now, GreenStar is offering more options to its meat-buying members. RK Farms, owned by Kathy Engel and Bob Preston, is GreenStar’s newest supplier of beef.

In 2003 GreenStar members voted in two referendums to allow and govern the sale of red meat in the store, and in 2004 the “Criteria for the Fair Treatment of Animals” was established. The referendums require a team of GreenStar members to conduct inspections of any farm wishing to sell their products at the Co-op. “GreenStar’s member-owners decided in 2003 that they wanted GreenStar to sell only local, humanely-raised, natural meats,” said Felix Teitelbaum, marketing staff and member of the Inspection Team, which ensures that the strict rules regarding the animals’ living conditions, diet and method of slaughter are being followed.

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New in Grocery

Hog Heaven

Adam Morris,
Grocery Manager

piggery-smNew pork products from The Piggery are now in our fresh meat case. Vegetarian? Try some new vegan Benevolent Bacon.

It's finally here (again)! We've dotted the I's and crossed the T's and finished our rigorous farm-inspection procedure for the Piggery family of farms. That's right, we're finally selling those local cuts right here at the Co-op! The Piggery has teamed up with Interbrook Farms to raise pigs that adhere to our bylaws, producing these cuts exclusively for GreenStar. Heather, owner of the Piggery, has created a wonderful, thriving business and farm whose impeccable reputation is spreading far and wide all across New York state. We're very excited to join the grocery stores, cafes, and markets selling their goods throughout the area, all the way down through the Hudson Valley and into New York City. Support your local farmer and try some fresh Piggery cuts today! For those of you who aren't celebrating this new addition, there's a new vegan alternative in the cooler — Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon from Sweet Earth! It's GMO-free and 100-percent vegan.

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