On November 14 GreenStar’s Farm Inspection Team visited Kevin and Lisa Engelbert at Engelbert Farms, in Nichols, NY, which supplies the Co-op with organic beef and pork. The inspection verified that the farm satisfies the criteria laid out in both member initiated referenda allowing the sale of “red” meat and the “Criteria for the Fair Treatment of Animals” established by GreenStar’s Council. Once again, the farm passed inspection with flying colors.
Veteran members of the Inspection Team (farmers Karma Glos and Laurie Pattington and GreenStar staff member Felix Teitelbaum) were joined on this visit by the Co-op’s new Grocery Assistant, Jason Blake-Beach, and new General Manager, Bini Reilly. Bini not only brings her knowledge of grocery retailing to the Inspection Team but also, because her educational background is in Dairy Science, she has a great deal of experience with farms such as the Engelberts.’
By Kristie Snyder,
As you plan to prepare your Thanksgiving feast, think about keeping it local. With GreenStar’s ever-growing local product line, it’s possible to serve a dinner made of mostly local ingredients—the freshest around—and by buying them you support your Co-op, your neighbors and your local economy. In fact, GreenStar is so committed to putting local products on the shelves that you could meet a good portion of your regular grocery needs with local products year-round.
General Manager Bini Reilly estimates that at least five percent of the store’s product line is local, which means around 1,500 local products. (Plans are underway to track exact numbers of local products, along with other categories such as gluten-free, kosher, etc.)
“It’s a mission of GreenStar to support local vendors as much as possible, to seek out and even to develop products and sources,” she said. “We actually meet with farmers and encourage them to grow things we have a market for.”
Compiled and reported by Joe Romano,
Clarrise Douard, of Food Navigator USA, says “the organic market trend is here to stay, despite rising food prices. In fact, issues surrounding these price hikes—the globalization of food and environmental factors—may actually bolster this market.”
After a relatively stable period in food costs between 1995 and 2004, prices rose dramatically over the last three years, according to the International Monetary Fund. Corn, milk, bread, and other farm products hit record high prices in 2006—and will likely keep rising in 2008. In an article entitled, “Why the Era of Cheap Food is Over” (Dec. 31, 2007), the Christian Science Monitor stated that two major trends have been pushing prices up faster than they have risen for more than 30 years. One is that increasingly prosperous consumers in India and China are not only eating more food but eating more meat. Animals have to be fed (grains, usually) before they are butchered. The other is that more and more crops—from corn to palm nuts—are being used to make biofuels instead of feeding people.
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New in Grocery
New 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.