By Alexis Alexander, GreenStar Membership Manager On Saturday, July 6, co-ops around the world joined in celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC), initiated in 1995 to increase awareness of cooperatives and their successes and to promote the movement’s ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. IDC provides an opportunity to strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other like-minded organizations. It’s perhaps no coincidence how strongly that sentiment reflects Cooperative Principle #6: Cooperation among Cooperatives, which recognizes that co-ops serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement as a whole by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures. As a consumer co-op, GreenStar partners with various types [...]
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Make these pickles from any sturdy veggies on hand for a zesty accompaniment to grilled meats, burgers, chili and stews. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 1 week Servings: makes 1 quart; 6 servings Ingredients 1 pound mixed vegetables, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces (try cauliflower, bell peppers, onion, carrots, green beans, or other sturdy vegetables) 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 lemon, juiced 2 Tbsp white sugar 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1 tsp. ground coriander 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 2 Tbsp fresh oregano, roughly chopped 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped 6-8 whole garlic cloves, peeled Preparation Place the garlic cloves, oregano, and parsley in the bottom of a one-quart jar. Pack [...]
Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are the Lilypad Puppet Theater, the Free Science Workshop, and Meadowgate Equine Rescue. Lilypad Puppet Theatre is dedicated to puppet arts. Their mission is to educate the general public in the art of puppetry through performances and workshops and to provide [...]
A rendering of our new location's Deli counter By Brandon Kane, GreenStar General Manager Happy summer, fellow cooperative business owners! Just twelve months ago, owners voted in overwhelming approval to purchase the premises of our future store by 2029. At that time, our new location was only a concept on paper. After months of design work and negotiations, we agreed on a budget with our developer, and construction of our new flagship store at 770 Cascadilla Street was quickly underway. The former warehouse adjacent to our future home has been taken down. Both the new roof and interior framing of our future office and public spaces are nearly complete, and ductwork that will serve our gas-free heating [...]
By Co+op, stronger together Pickling can be just that — a pickle. True pickling is an ancient miracle for food preservation, but involves a drawn-out fermentation process requiring canning equipment, sterilization procedures and a whole lotta waiting around. Kudos to you if that’s up your alley, but the truth is, some of us simply don’t have the time or patience to be as DIY-savvy as our worldly ancestors. So if you’re a little fickle about pickling, we understand. But did you know that there’s a fast and easy way to preserve and chill those fresh garden veggies without having to wear a lab coat? Allow us to introduce quick pickling for those of you not ready to go all in. [...]
Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are the Free Science Workshop, the Lilypad Puppet Theater, and Meadowgate Equine Rescue. Free Science Workshop allows underrepresented and low-income youth to explore science at their own pace. Through hands-on activities, free-choice projects, and drop-in hours, youth truly direct their own [...]
By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Staff For conscious shoppers on a budget, trying to eat local can lead to a tug-of-war between pocketbook and values. A partnership between Remembrance Farm and GreenStar brings shoppers local, organic packaged greens as part of the Co+op Basics program, which is designed to offer local and organic products at affordable prices. The farm’s fresh-picked-and-packaged spicy greens, field greens, baby kale, tatsoi, and arugula are priced at $4.99 per 8-oz. bag. Founded by Nathaniel and Emily Thompson, Remembrance Farm is located just outside of Trumansburg. Nathaniel manages the farming operations, while Emily provides behind-the-scenes support, and their three young children enjoy helping with the animals. Remembrance's products are certified organic, a designation familiar to many [...]
While most people associate outdoor grilling with burgers, hot dogs, and steaks, the grill imparts big flavors to fruits and veggies too. A wide array of produce paired with spice rubs, marinades, and sauces galore will keep your patio table overflowing with delicious additions to your grilling repertoire. Seasonal summer vegetables just happen to be perfect for grilling: zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers are naturally tender and become even sweeter on the grill. Slice these vegetables about ¼-inch thick and toss them in an easy marinade for 30 minutes (or better yet, overnight) before grilling for a few minutes per side. A simple combination of wine vinegar, olive oil, chopped garlic and herbs, and salt and pepper are all you [...]
In the race to put a meal on the table, this really doesn't take much longer than the instant macaroni and cheese from a box. It's so much more delicious, and you can use your favorite local cheddar for an instant upgrade. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 2 Ingredients 1 1/2 cups skim milk 2 tablespoons minced onion 8 ounces macaroni, 2 cups 1/2 cup frozen peas 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt Preparation Place milk, water, onion, and salt in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a full boil, then stir in the macaroni. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to keep [...]
By Co+op, stronger together In our books, kale will never be a fail. But come summer, it’s time to swap some standbys for the fresh flavors of a new season. Here’s a list of some lean, mean, fabulous greens to pick up from your local co-op. Spice up your summer salad AND impress your friends! Experiment with combining textures (crunchify!) and colors (red leaf, anyone?). Dandelion Greens A wild and exotic green, dandelion greens are packed with nutrients. With more calcium, vitamins, and iron than most greens, dandelions are great for a detox and they add a roarin’ flavor to salads and sautées. The bitter, strong taste of dandelion is best served up with a bold vinaigrette. Don’t be [...]