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nymilk Brings Local Milk to New Yorks Tables

nymilk Brings Local Milk to New York’s Tables

By Alexa Besgen,
GreenLeaf Intern

In the current recession, national organic brands have lowered what they pay their supplying farmers, making it tough for small organic operations to stay in business. What’s the solution? Buy local. nymilk, an organic dairy company selling milk and cheese produced solely in New York state, believes that buying local is better. What’s more, they have made a commitment to their 20 upstate New York farm suppliers to uphold the price they pay for the next two years, in order to keep the farmers going and the consumers happy.

nymilk has only recently appeared on store shelves, but it got its start six years ago, when farmers Dean Sparks and Dan France realized they shared a passion for organic farming. Both wanted to educate farmers about the benefits of farming organically, and also supply consumers with organic foods produced in New York state. They founded Empire Organics, and started educating the agricultural community about organics. The company started out as a distributor, selling product straight out of a refrigerated truck. They would give the farmers orders, pick them up and distribute them to forty-two retailers. Soon, Sparks and France realized that this was too time-consuming, but they didn’t want to give up their passion for organics. “We knew there was a real desire for locally-made, organic products,” Sparks said. “Especially on the part of New York retailers and consumers.”

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A GreenStar Guide to Bargain Shopping

By Joe Romano,
Marketing Manager

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

—Albert Einstein


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.

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Something Brewing In Ithaca

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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.

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New in Grocery

It is Your Dastony

Adam Morris,
Grocery Manager

dastony-nut-buttersRaw nut butters are nutritious and delicious, and we have a great variety. Also new — Organic Valley chocolate milk!

Have you ventured into the luscious and delicious world of raw nut butters yet? We've brought in some of the most incredible, creamy, and scrumptious goods out there. Dastony (Stone Ground Goodness!) offers raw cashew butter, raw sprouted sunflower-seed butter, raw sprouted pumpkin-seed butter, raw sprouted almond butter, raw hemp-seed butter, and raw tahini. The pumpkin-seed butter, a bright and vibrant green, adds wonderful color to your plate as well! Dastony's sister company, Rawtella, has the most amazing raw chocolate spread flavored with hazelnuts. Made to mimic Nutella, this raw, organic version contains neither fillers nor corn syrup. Then there's the full line of raw bars from Gnosis Chocolates that just came in, sweetened with organic coconut sugar or stevia. And, if raw isn't your thing but chocolate is, move on over to the refrigerated case, where we're now stocking Organic Valley's chocolate milk! Deep milk chocolate with creamy goodness, right in the dairy section!

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