Collegetown Update: We're Building!

By Brandon Kane,

General Manager

greenstar-collegetown-store-300As I draft this update, GreenStar is only a short time away from closing on the loans that will fund our third cooperative market in Ithaca, slated to open in the late summer of 2016. The funding for this project offers a terrific example of the cooperative model of business at



Food Justice Fair Highlights Efforts in Our Community

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 19:49

By Gary Fine,
GSCP Board Member

color-of-foodGreenStar is more than a place to shop for healthy food. GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit created by GreenStar Cooperative, focuses on creating a local food system that's fair for all and good for the earth. In collaboration with like-minded groups, we are re-imagining the food system to serve all members of our community. GSCP believes that access to healthy local food is a right for everyone. To highlight the work being done in our community, we will host our fifth annual Food Justice Fair on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the corner of South Plain St. and Cleveland Ave. The Fair is planned in coordination with Streets Alive.

Natasha Bowen, author and creator of multi-media project The Color of Food, will be the Fair's keynote speaker. The Color of Food takes us into the lives of farmers of color all across the country. It depicts their triumphs and struggles, and offers testimonies of how race, gender, and access to resources play a pivotal role our country's agricultural system and how all of these things are coming together to reshape the food movement. You can explore Natasha's blog to learn more about her efforts to reshape the food system at

The Food Justice Fair offers an opportunity to meet those involved in creating our local food web. GSCP's collaborative brainchild Feeding Our Future is a network of local organizations that has been meeting regularly since 2012 to brainstorm ideas and actions to transform the food system. At the Food Justice Fair, you can meet members of the Feeding Our Future network, who will be on hand to share the work they're doing. One of this year's most important highlights is the formation, now underway, of a Local Food Policy Council. Find out more about Feeding Our Future and join upcoming sessions — they're always free and open to all!

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Global Food Shock or 
Local Food System?

Saturday, 05 September 2015 17:12

By Joe Romano,

Marketing Manager

robin-ostfeldClimate is what we expect, weather is what we get.

— Mark Twain

As we enjoy the harvest season here at GreenStar, and as the abundance of local products come in, everyone in our stores becomes a little more connected to the seasonal rhythms of nature that give us our food.

Just recently, we've seen many gorgeous varieties of local heirloom tomatoes make their way into our store, as well as local peaches from the Good Life Farm, melons from Plowbreak Farm, and, of course, we're observing the annual countdown to the arrival of Thornbush Grapes. How long they last, how early or late they arrive, and the yields produced are all dependent upon sometimes-small fluctuations in weather.

We are lucky here in Ithaca; we have a wide range of local produce available to us. We take measures to extend our admittedly short growing seasons with hardy varieties, multiple plantings, hoop-houses, and good old-fashioned ingenuity. We even grow food indoors, so it's no surprise to see our tally of local products swell to close to 4000! We have a luxurious bounty, even though we don't depend on chemicals, pesticides, and genetically modified strains. We farm the old-fashioned way for the most part, in tune with the seasons, the crops, and the community. If there is too much or too little rain or heat or cold, it can have an impact, one we measure as a community and we can respond to as a community — canning part of a bumper crop, for example, for use in lean times.

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  • Jillian Brazel,
    Pastry Chef

    Apples-and-spices-smComforting desserts are back — think apples, spices, and maple and caramel flavors. Read on for donut news!

    It's hard to believe, but it's getting to be the time of year when putting on a thick, wooly sweater and curling up with a warming dessert sounds nice again. Fortunately, we're already prepared for this shift in the seasons! Pear Ginger Crisp and Apple Crisp w...

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