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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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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New in Grocery


bigstock-a-variety-of-winter-squash-smAdam Morris,
Grocery Manager

As always, we've got you covered for Thanksgiving, from the main course to the sides and everything else.

All right, members, you know the drill. ... It's Thanksgiving time once again! This year, just like every year, we have everything you're looking for to complete your holiday table right here in the Grocery Department. Organize your meal around either a local turkey or a number of main-course vegan options. From there, we've got stuffing boxes or ingredients, tasty, high-quality organic pumpkin and organic cranberry sauce in cans, organic baking ingredients, and every other fixin' you might need! For the record, it's never too early to start thinking about the next round of holidays coming up soon. We'll be rolling out some tasty desserts and treats to keep the holiday celebration going and going and going and going. ... And if you haven't yet, look for our new and improved Co-op Basics list, found at the front of the store. The Grocery Department is full of bargains perfect for pantry-stocking.


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