By Eve Adamson, welcometothetable.coop There’s something about growing things that appeals to kids, and several casual studies suggest that when kids grow their own vegetables, they are more likely to eat vegetables. It was certainly true in my case. Decades later, my own son, who at 14 remains suspicious of most green things, finally became more open minded when his summer camp grew a vegetable garden. If gardening is the way to get kids to eat more vegetables (not to mention spend more time with you), then why aren’t we all doing it? Even if you only have a small backyard plot, or room for a few containers on your deck or porch, you can get growing together. Gardening with [...]
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By Co+op, welcome to the table Egg dyeing is a fun way to celebrate this time of year — and it's a tradition that goes way back — as much as 5,000 years when Persians celebrated springtime with eggs colored with plant-based dyes. Plant dyes can be just as useful today and they're plentiful; in fact you very well might have dye-worthy ingredients in your kitchen already. Here are some great plant-based dyes — using fruits, vegetables, spices and flowers. Pick up some local eggs at the Co-op, and start experimenting! Items Needed Eggs (white eggs show more vibrant colors, but brown are also lovely — just keep in mind that color results will vary), egg carton, stock pan(s), [...]
While we are currently asking customers not to bring reusable bags, we continue to honor our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good donation commitments. 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 encouraged shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. This quarter, our recipients are the Ithaca Children’s Garden, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, and CLEAN (Cayuga Lake Environmental Action Now). Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) is an award-winning, three-acre public children’s garden designed for kids, enjoyed by all, and driven by a mission to [...]
Welcome to the new store! Our new flagship store at 770 Cascadilla St. is nearly ready to welcome you! As we put on the finishing touches, finalize product selection, and get everything ready for our opening date (to be announced), we’d like to give you a sneak peek into the new store. The first thing you’ll notice is the spacious parking lot and the large pedestrian area outside the store entrance, which provides a gathering space and covered bike racks. As you pass through the store entrance, take a look at a map featuring our local suppliers, and then proceed to the main grocery area or into the produce, prepared foods, and cafe area. Our spacious new eating area seats [...]
By Robin Asbell, welcome to the table.coop It might be hard to believe that I remember a recipe from 40 years ago. My Mom's battered copy of The Joy of Cooking had several bread recipes, including one for Cornell Formula White Bread. The recipe was for a loaf of white bread with added soy flour, dried milk powder, and a little wheat germ. The headnote at the beginning of the recipe stated that the bread had been developed at Cornell University as an easy way to boost protein in the diet. It was created to help feed people in the war rationing times of the 1940s. While poring over the stained pages of the book, I became fascinated by the [...]
Ramen eggs can be found floating atop your favorite noodle bowl. A discolored exterior may cause some minor concern at first, but once you know the secret, you’ll never go back. You may find yourself eating more eggs than ever before, so plan your shopping accordingly. By Chris Logue, GreenStar Food Educator Prep Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 eggs Ingredients 4 eggs, whole, raw, and in the shell 1 ½ Tbsp mirin 3 Tbsp tamari, wheat-free 3 Tbsp sugar 1 ½ Tbsp miso paste, white ½ Tbsp honey 1 garlic clove, crushed and roughly chopped Preparation To soft boil the eggs: Bring a small saucepan of water to a rolling boil. While this heats, remove the eggs from [...]
Shakshuka is a popular dish across North Africa and the Middle East. Simply sauté veggies, spices, and tomatoes until thickened, form indentations in the hot sauce and then slip eggs into the hollows to poach. By: Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cumin, ground 1 tsp coriander, ground 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tsp salt 1 tsp honey 1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes 4 cups salad spinach, chopped 6 large eggs 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 2 oz. feta cheese (optional) Preparation Drizzle the olive oil in a [...]
By Brandon Kane, General Manager When you consider the immense scope of GreenStar — with its three stores, approximately 12,600 member-owners, and more than 200 employees — our Council (Board of Directors) has a huge responsibility in its role to provide oversight of the whole. Council uses a methodology known as Policy Governance to ensure accountability and success in the governance and operation of the Co-op. In a nutshell, Policy Governance is simply a template guiding Council to create policies for itself and the General Manager (GM). These policies lay out the expectations and parameters by which Council holds itself and the GM accountable to our membership and keeps us in compliance with the various state and federal laws [...]
Jazz up your muffin routine with the flavors of the tropics! These tender pastries are studded with sweet and tangy mangoes for a burst of juiciness. Coconut and spices give the muffins extra texture and a fragrance that will call everyone to the kitchen. Not only do these muffins go perfectly with morning coffee and juice, they also pack well — so save a few for lunches, too. By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 35 minutes; 15 minutes active Servings: 12 muffins Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 [...]
Boxties are potato pancakes — our take on this classic Irish dish includes Kerrygold cheddar cheese. Partially cooked potato mixed with milk, flour, and eggs fries up into a tasty little cake, and there are so many different ways to serve them. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! By Chris Logue, GreenStar Food Educator Prep Time: 30 minutes Servings: 12 boxties Ingredients 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes ¾ cups whole milk 1 ¼ tsp salt 1 large egg ½ cup all purpose flour ¼ tsp black pepper 1 or 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 oz. Kerrygold cheddar cheese, grated Preparation Heat oven to 200 F (if you’ll be using the oven to hold the warm boxties). Grate one pound potatoes using the [...]