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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It'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!