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

Guerilla Prayer Flags Offer Hope and Inspiration in Juarez

2019-12-09T12:52:12-05:00

By Rosario Escobedo, Positive News A grassroots work project called Guerilla Prayer Flags is providing employment, hope, and inspiration to struggling families on the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, a border city ravaged by drug wars and violent crime. Mothers of special-needs children, widows, and community activists are creating beautiful prayer flags, inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, out of pieces of cloth, recycled bottle caps, and can tabs in a small workshop amidst sprawling pallet houses, washed-away dirt roads, and families struggling to meet basic needs. The project began when Siba Escobedo, a long-time Juarez aid worker, and her friend from Mexico, Sofia Aleman, a widow with five children, began brainstorming ways that they could create a cooperative business to offer [...]

Guerilla Prayer Flags Offer Hope and Inspiration in Juarez2019-12-09T12:52:12-05:00

General Manager’s Report: Collaborating for Positive Impact

2020-01-09T13:43:36-05:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager A fundamental difference between GreenStar Food Co+op and our competitors is our collaboration with people, organizations, and businesses in our community to make a positive impact. At GreenStar, we review all choices through the lens of our triple bottom line — people, planet, prosperity — and involve our member-owners to the extent possible in decision-making. I want to revisit the ways GreenStar is cooperating with you in our sustainability efforts. Buying local is one way we reduce our carbon footprint. Undoubtedly, locally grown and produced products require a shorter transport, so the more we purchase foods and goods grown or produced within our region, the stronger our impact. About 27% of GreenStar’s annual sales [...]

General Manager’s Report: Collaborating for Positive Impact2020-01-09T13:43:36-05:00

Achieve Turkey Perfection with Our Roasting Tips

2019-11-19T12:26:02-05:00

Roast your turkey to perfection with these easy tips. By Co+op, stronger together Roasting Remove the giblets from turkey cavities after thawing. Cook separately. Set oven temperature no lower than 325°F. Place turkey or turkey breast on lower rack in a shallow roasting pan. For even cooking, bake stuffing in a separate casserole dish, versus in the bird. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the stuffing. The center should reach 165°F. If you choose to stuff your turkey, the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time. Separate wet and dry ingredients, and chill wet ingredients (butter/margarine, cooked celery and onions, broth, etc.) until ready to prepare. Mix wet and dry ingredients together just before filling the turkey cavities. Fill the cavities loosely. Cook the turkey [...]

Achieve Turkey Perfection with Our Roasting Tips2019-11-19T12:26:02-05:00

Get Pumped about Energy Efficiency with HeatSmart

2019-11-13T10:39:20-05:00

By Jonathan Comstock, Solar Tompkins HeatSmart Program Director GreenStar members can be proud of their co-op for making sustainable energy use a key design criteria for the new store nearing completion at 770 Cascadilla Street.  This includes enhanced energy efficiency measures such as excellent insulation of the building envelope and using Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) to heat and air condition the new store. These features provide benefits during building in the form of energy efficiency grants and low-interest loans. After construction, they will provide a cleaner, healthier, and more comfortable store to work and shop in.  And in the big picture, you, the GreenStar member-owners, are simultaneously making a real contribution to sustainability and a future that is not [...]

Get Pumped about Energy Efficiency with HeatSmart2019-11-13T10:39:20-05:00
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