General Manager Report: Measuring Our Impact

2020-03-09T14:18:23-04:00

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 [...]

General Manager Report: Measuring Our Impact2020-03-09T14:18:23-04:00

A Healthy Co-op: Responding to COVID-19

2020-03-25T16:41:20-04:00

A Message to our Co-op Shoppers & Member-Owners: A Healthy Co-op A Healthy Co-op – Continued Response to COVID-19 March 25, 2020 Dear Member-Owners, Volunteers, and Shoppers, The public health crisis caused by COVID-19 turned our collective reality upside down in a matter of weeks. The rapid deconstruction of our world view has brought about a level of clarity that had previously evaded us and has shown us what is truly fundamental in our lives. Our community needs stability and it needs to eat. GreenStar is working to meet these needs for tens of thousands of people. We understand the very real and urgent concern for employee and customer health as well as the science behind the preventative approach [...]

A Healthy Co-op: Responding to COVID-192020-03-25T16:41:20-04:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Ithaca Public Education Initiative

2020-02-25T10:27:32-05:00

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 Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Habitat for Humanity, and Ability in Bloom. The Ithaca Public Education Initiative, IPEI, is a two-decade old local non-profit dedicated to turning great ideas into unique and exciting educational opportunities for students in the Ithaca [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Ithaca Public Education Initiative2020-02-25T10:27:32-05:00

General Manager’s Report: Moving Closer to Completion!

2020-02-03T16:16:00-05:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager Each day we get a little closer to realizing a newly expanded GreenStar. This time last year, I was sharing news that pre-construction work had just begun on our new store at 770 Cascadilla St. A year later, I’m proud to report that we’ve made tremendous progress on this exciting project, and we are closer than ever to completing the expanded GreenStar. Thank you to the many community members and GreenStar member-owners who have provided glowing feedback on the exterior appearance of the new store, including the impressive "Welcome to Ithaca" sign facing Route 13. The interior is taking shape beautifully, and while we aren’t quite ready for public tours, I want to share [...]

General Manager’s Report: Moving Closer to Completion!2020-02-03T16:16:00-05:00

Scallion Pancakes for Chinese New Year

2020-01-14T11:33:06-05:00

Food is integral to the celebration of Chinese New Year. These street food-style pancakes make a mouthwatering appetizer or snack. By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients Dipping Sauce 1 Tbsp Sriracha sauce 1/4 cup tamari 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 tsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger 1 Tbsp honey Pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup diced scallions (green tops and white parts) 2 Tbsp sesame oil Salt 2 Tbsp vegetable oil Preparation Stir dipping sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour and boiling water until a ball of dough can be formed. Cover the dough with [...]

Scallion Pancakes for Chinese New Year2020-01-14T11:33:06-05:00

General Manager’s Report: 2020 Wage and Expansion Updates

2020-01-10T10:47:47-05:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager Living Wage Update As we step into the New Year, I want to take this time to reestablish GreenStar’s commitment as an equitable and fair employer in our community. I’m proud of what GreenStar is able to achieve for our staff and for our member-owners. I know that a great deal of what we’re able to contribute is thanks to our cooperative model. I also understand that community organizations and cooperatives are often held to a higher standard than most businesses, because of our intimate connection with stakeholders and their communities. One of the primary standards GreenStar and other co-ops have been held to is our commitment to be a fair-wage-and-benefits employer in the [...]

General Manager’s Report: 2020 Wage and Expansion Updates2020-01-10T10:47:47-05:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Habitat for Humanity

2020-01-03T14:00:01-05:00

  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 Habitat for Humanity, Ability in Bloom, and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties partners with first time homebuyers in our community to help them build or improve a place they can call [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Habitat for Humanity2020-01-03T14:00:01-05:00

Fruition Seeds — Certified-organic varieties for local growing conditions

2020-01-03T14:10:38-05:00

  By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Marketing Staff   Gardeners of Ithaca, you’re fantastically lucky. Why? Because a local seed company is breeding varieties selected to grow successfully in the northeast — that’s your garden! Fruition Seeds, owned by life partners Petra Page-Mann and Matthew Goldfarb and based just 60 miles west of Ithaca, is one of the few seed breeders in upstate New York. They offer an array of certified-organic, open-pollinated flower and vegetable seeds, bred to thrive in our localized growing conditions — and they taste amazing.   In addition to producing stock mismatched to local growing conditions, big seed companies love hybrid varieties — seeds saved from their offspring won’t “come true” to the parent variety, [...]

Fruition Seeds — Certified-organic varieties for local growing conditions2020-01-03T14:10:38-05:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Ability in Bloom

2020-01-03T15:06:45-05:00

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 Ability in Bloom, Habitat for Humanity, and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. Ability in Bloom is a social-enterprise program of Challenge Workforce Solutions. Through a quarter-acre flower-production plot at the Groundswell Incubator Farm, this program provides work-skills training for a [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Ability in Bloom2020-01-03T15:06:45-05:00

5 Tasty (and Tasteful) Foodie Gifts

2019-12-10T13:07:11-05:00

By Co+op, stronger together ‘Tis the season of giving. And nothing feels quite so jolly good as sharing a great gift with a loved one. Do you have someone on your list who loves food? Well, look no further. No matter the level of foodie passion — beginner cook or master home chef — everyone can appreciate a thoughtful gift that invigorates the senses and warms the heart. Here are some tasty, tasteful kitchen gift ideas to get you started: 1. Specialty chocolate Add a little sweetness to your gift repertoire with chocolate. It can be as easy as a smooth, rich milk chocolate bar, or you can seek out an unexpected flavor combo with [...]

5 Tasty (and Tasteful) Foodie Gifts2019-12-10T13:07:11-05:00

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 Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) Store Hours:   West End 8 am - 9 pm  -  Collegetown 9 am - 9 pm  -  DeWitt is CLOSED
OUR STORE HOURS HAVE CHANGED:
West End: Open Daily 9 am - 6 pm 
DeWitt: Open Daily 9 am - 6 pm
Collegetown: M-F 8 am - 8 pm / Sat. & Sun. 9 am - 8 pm
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