Trick-or-treating (or any day) is more fun when it starts with a spooky snack, like these PB&J spiders. This is a great alternative to candy, and your kids can have fun with their food! By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 6 Ingredients 6 whole wheat English muffins 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter 6 Tbsp strawberry jam 48 small pretzel sticks 12 chocolate chips Preparation Have a platter ready for the finished “spiders.” Split and toast the English muffins, and spread each with about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a tablespoon of strawberry jam. Arrange 8 pretzels, 4 on each side radiating outward, on the bottom half of each English muffin to make 8 legs. Top with [...]
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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 while at the same time allowing them to contribute to worthy community organizations. For each reusable bag brought in, a customer is provided 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 SPCA of Tompkins County, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, and Loaves & Fishes. Loaves & Fishes of [...]
Homemade apple chips with peanut butter yogurt dip hit the spot for an anytime snack. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 50 minutes; 20 minutes active Servings: 4 Ingredients 4 large apples 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 Tbsp sugar 2 tsp. vegetable or coconut oil 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp honey Preparation Heat oven to 200°F. Cut apples in half. Remove seeds, stems, and bottoms. Use a sharp knife to make thin crosswise slices. Place the half-rounds in a large bowl, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Toss to coat. Drizzle two sheet pans with oil, then spread the apple slices on the pans. Bake for 2 1/2 hours. Place on racks to cool. [...]
By Alexis Alexander, Membership Manager, Laura Buttenbaum, Membership Administrator/Capital Campaign Coordinator, and Holly Baker, Director of Marketing and Owner Services Fall is always an exciting time in Ithaca! Students have arrived, the streets are bustling with activity, and the energy level heightens with the autumnal beauty of the Finger Lakes region. Whether you’re a new student in the area discovering GreenStar for the first time, new to shopping at GreenStar, or a long-term customer or member-owner, this is a great time to reflect on what it means to be part of a cooperative community, both locally and globally. Over the years, GreenStar has gone from designating those who join and pay equity into the Co-op as “members” to calling them [...]
By GreenStar’s Equity Action Team The third Wednesday of October, which this year is Oct. 16, is designated as International Pronouns Day. GreenStar will recognize and celebrate this event with all-day activities at our three retail stores. Stop by your favorite GreenStar location to pick up some pronoun stickers, literature, and a free pronoun cookie. If you’d like, chat with one of our volunteers at the table. Are you wondering what International Pronouns Day is all about? Here’s an explanation from the official website: “International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong [...]
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 SPCA of Tompkins County, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, and Loaves & Fishes. The mission of the SPCA of Tompkins County is to protect companion animals. The no-kill shelter is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation, [...]
By Co+op, stronger together, in celebration of National Co-op Month In the town of Arauco in the La Rioja province of Argentina stands the oldest olive tree in the country, planted in the 1600s. Although not native to Argentina, the Arauco olive is highly prized for its buttery smoothness and meaty texture, and for the robust floral and fruity flavor notes it contributes to olive oil. There, in the Antinaco-Los Colorados Valley, the cooperative producers of Riojana extra virgin, fair trade organic olive oil are cultivating much more than their 350 olive trees. Through cooperation, they are growing a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community. Reinvesting profits for health and education La Riojana’s founders came from Italy to Argentina in [...]
The beauty of this fall fruit tart is in its irregularly-shaped handmade crust. Serve warm with French vanilla ice cream or brandy sauce and whipped cream. By Co+op, stronger together Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes; 30 minutes active Servings: 6 Ingredients Dough 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 2 large eggs (1 for dough, 1 for egg wash) 1 tsp. milk 5 Tbsp butter, cold and cut into small pieces Filling 2 Tbsp apricot jam 2 large Anjou pears 1 Tbsp butter, melted 2 tsp. sugar Pinch of ground nutmeg Preparation To make the dough, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fingers until mixture [...]
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 Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, the Tompkins County SPCA, and Loaves & Fishes. Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is training the next generation of farmers in the Finger Lakes. Groundswell supports individuals to develop agricultural skills [...]
GreenStar's Capital Campaign continues efforts to raise funds for our expansion via the Owner Investment Program. Read on to learn more about this successful campaign and how you can cultivate your co-op! Can you give a brief overview of GreenStar’s Capital Campaign thus far? We launched the Capital Campaign just over a year ago to raise funds to support the Co-op’s expansion and relocation to our new flagship store at 770 Cascadilla St. GreenStar member-owners are invited to purchase Investment Shares as a part of our Owner Investment Program, providing the Co-op with needed capital while earning a fair return on their investment. Our first phase in the fall of 2018 was quite a learning experience for us, and [...]