GreenStar Donates $8,700 to Support Black Lives Matter Movement


GreenStar made a total donation of $8,695.00 distributed equally among three organizations for the Black Lives Matter movement: BLM Ithaca, BLM Syracuse, and BLM Greater New York. The donation represents 5% of our gross sales from June 17 – 19. By donating to multiple chapters, GreenStar may have an impact on local and regional levels for positive change. Thank you to those who shared their perspectives on how GreenStar can best show its support at this time and to those who shared in GreenStar’s commitment to give by shopping during the fundraising period. GreenStar's Council issued the following statement: GreenStar Council recognizes that there is much work to be done towards becoming an anti-racist organization. We stand in solidarity [...]

GreenStar Donates $8,700 to Support Black Lives Matter Movement2020-06-25T15:59:39-04:00

FLOWER Program Expanding Qualifiers


GreenStar Food Co-op Extends 13% Discount, Affordable Access for Those with Financial Needs Discount Extended to Those who are Facing Unemployment GreenStar Food Co+op is expanding the eligibility criteria for our FLOWER food access discount program to include people who are receiving unemployment benefits or who have recently been laid off from employment. The qualifier is a temporary addition, allowing community members to sign-up from June 22 through the end of November 2020 for a one-year 13% discount and a free one-year membership for new co-op members. Those who are currently receiving assistance from one of the following programs are also eligible: SNAP (Food Stamps) Unemployment Medicaid WIC SSI Free School Lunch Program TANF – Cash Assistance Healthy Food [...]

FLOWER Program Expanding Qualifiers2020-06-22T10:58:52-04:00

June Council News


June Council Meeting Report from Marilyn Chase, Council President June was the first meeting of the new Council year and we had many tasks to complete, including certifying the results of the spring member vote, electing new officers, and reassigning at-large members to Council committees.   We approved amendments to Council Procedure to clarify licensure requirements of council members and guarantee a state of readiness for any license needed. The draft 2019 Annual Audit was approved, and the final audit is now being prepared.  In addition, Council members discussed two important issues.  GreenStar Council Supports Black Lives Matter   We stand in solidarity with those protesting racial injustice, and we condemn the generations of police brutality, discrimination, and systemic racism experienced [...]

June Council News2020-07-02T16:16:58-04:00

Community Resources


GreenStar stands in solidarity with Black communities in Ithaca, surrounding cities, and all across the country calling for justice for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others. We know that these traumatic incidents are not isolated occurrences and cannot be simply blamed on the actions of a few. We must not tolerate a culture where such horrific acts are possible. We must all take action to dismantle systemic racism and create a more inclusive and equitable culture that welcomes, values, and empowers all people. If we are to effectively model our values as a cooperative, we are required to take action and speak up. Black lives matter.  Join us in our efforts to [...]

Community Resources2020-06-06T15:05:10-04:00

General Manager’s Report: Updates from 770 Cascadilla St.


General Manager's Report from Brandon Kane, General Manager Dear GreenStar Community, With the opening of our new store at 770 Cascadilla Street, we’ve opened the door to exciting possibilities for transformation and growth. Thank you for your optimism and for your support of the Co-op as we continually adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and in navigating the operations of the new GreenStar. I want to provide some context on the immediate challenges we’re facing as a result of the pandemic, share our plan to move forward, and provide assurance that growth is imminent as New York State continues its phased reopening and our new store becomes more in sync with our shoppers’ evolving needs. To achieve our [...]

General Manager’s Report: Updates from 770 Cascadilla St.2020-06-10T20:46:49-04:00

May Council News


May Council Meeting Report from Marilyn Chase, Council President I am so happy we are finally settled in at our beautiful, welcoming, environmentally-friendly store at 770 Cascadilla Street. It is the realization of dreams. Cooperation by many played a significant role throughout the entire process: settling on a location, developing working relationships and contracts, drafting plans to refurbish the building and surroundings, completion of construction and the process of moving offices, employees, and operations into our new home. Our amazing staff accomplished this move while also facing the challenges of adapting the new store due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This required a review of the processes and the functions of every job to ensure the survival of the Cooperative.  [...]

May Council News2020-05-29T14:53:51-04:00

Asian Rice Noodle Salad


A quick and flavorful side dish, or turn it into an entree by adding tofu, cooked chicken, or shrimp. By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 4-6 Ingredients 1/2 pound uncooked broad or narrow rice noodles 1/3 cup tamari 1/2 cup toasted sesame oil 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce 1/2 tablespoon Thai garlic chili paste 1/2-1 cup carrots, sliced into matchsticks 1/2-1 cup celery, thinly sliced on bias 1/2 -1 cup red onion, thinly sliced 1/2-1 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2-1 cup cabbage, shredded 1-2 tablespoons black sesame seeds 1-2 tablespoons salted roasted peanuts Preparation Cook noodles according to package; rinse in cold water and drain. Combine noodles with tamari, toasted sesame [...]

Asian Rice Noodle Salad2020-06-02T09:51:45-04:00

Thai Cucumber Salad


A simple and refreshing cucumber salad. By Co+op, welcome to the table Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes; 15 minutes active Servings: 6 Ingredients 2 pounds (about 3 large) cucumbers, split lengthwise, seeded, and sliced into 1/4-inch crescents 3 scallions, sliced 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped  Dressing 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup canola oil 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1 teaspoon curry powder Preparation In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Set aside. In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine all vegetables. Add dressing and toss. Let sit at least 1 [...]

Thai Cucumber Salad2020-06-02T09:51:24-04:00

I Love My Co-op!


We've been so touched by the kindness & generosity that our community has shown us. Here's some of the messages we received from our community: Just wanted to say thank you for this email and send our family’s very best wishes to the staff member who contracted the virus. Our thoughts are with them and we want them to know that if it is at all possible! We really appreciate everyone at GreenStar. With lots of love! This is so hard for all of you, and thanks for keeping us informed. Praying that the illnesses are very mild, and that no more spreading happens.  Thank you so much for taking every precaution [...]

I Love My Co-op!2020-05-27T14:56:57-04:00

April Council News


April Council Meeting Report from Marilyn Chase, Council President Council is continuing its work, although at a much slower pace. As a team, we are accustomed to conversing with each before and after meetings, when encountering each other in the stores, or while tabling. This new paradigm of only seeing everyone at web meetings with no incidental conversations has slowed our work significantly. I am realizing how much our work was discussed at these times, and that adjustments to our communications are necessary to maintain connection and discussion. At the April meeting, Council granted Hope Spithaler a three-month leave of absence. She will return to her role and regain her responsibilities commencing at the July Council meeting. We approved [...]

April Council News2020-06-18T10:46:20-04:00

Cascadilla St.


Mon – Fri: 8 am – 8 pm
Sat & Sun: 9 am – 8 pm
CLOSED on July 4
307 College Ave
(607) 882-2667


CLOSED Temporarily
215 N Cayuga St
(607) 273-8213