Citrus Savvy: 5 New Tricks for Familiar Fruits

2019-12-30T12:42:30-05:00

By Mandy Makinen, Co+op stronger together Maybe you've made limeade, put mandarin oranges in a salad, or whipped up lemon-pepper chicken. You might even have used grapefruit in a vinaigrette, if you were feeling fancy. Original in their own time, these ideas have been around awhile for good reason, they’re simple and tasty. In that spirit, here are some suggestions for fun, easy new ways to use citrus fruit: Thai on a lime Sometimes an appetizer is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Try this quick snack to ward off the after-work munchies. Place each ingredient into separate small bowls or custard cups: a couple handfuls of roasted, salted peanuts; a piece of candied ginger, chopped into smaller bits; and [...]

Citrus Savvy: 5 New Tricks for Familiar Fruits2019-12-30T12:42:30-05:00

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

Stick and Stone Farm: Growing unique organic veggie varieties

2019-07-31T13:53:54-04:00

By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Staff Stick and Stone Farm bursts with activity — kids and dogs romp, CSA members pick flowers and berries, and farmworkers are busy in the barn and fields. Owners Lucy Garrison-Clauson and Chaw Chang grow the standard vegetable staples, but the couple also seeks to fill a niche growing products or varieties that other farms don’t. The certified-organic farm was founded in 1995 and began selling to GreenStar a few years later. In 2003 they moved to their current location on Route 96 between Ithaca and Trumansburg, and in 2005 they joined the Full Plate Farm Collective, a local CSA (community-supported agriculture) collaboration. They also sell at the Ithaca Farmers Market and supply a variety of [...]

Stick and Stone Farm: Growing unique organic veggie varieties2019-07-31T13:53:54-04:00

Hill Side Farm: Local, Organically Grown Staples

2019-06-01T11:27:37-04:00

By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Staff For Surik Mehrabyan, farming is a second career — one that has allowed him to put down roots in the Ithaca area. Raised in Armenia, and with an academic background in physics, he came to Cornell in 2003 to work at the Wilson Synchrotron Lab. When the project lost funding, his family decided they weren’t going anywhere. A long-time backyard gardener, Surik joined the Groundswell Incubator Farm Program, becoming their first graduate in 2016. Now still in the process of purchasing a plot of farmland, he grows vegetables, fruits, and fruit trees at his home in Ithaca and on various small leased plots around town. Surik’s beginnings at Groundswell, before they’d installed cooler facilities, [...]

Hill Side Farm: Local, Organically Grown Staples2019-06-01T11:27:37-04:00

The Skinny on Salad Greens

2019-05-29T10:41:49-04:00

By Co+op, stronger together Loose-leaf and tatsoi and butterhead — oh my! Salads today are a far cry from a simple bowl of iceberg lettuce. Whether you grow your own or pick them up at your co-op or farmers market, a myriad of salad greens make for fun and nutritious eating. Salad has long been a staple, of course. Even in ancient times, Greeks and Romans ate lettuce for a good night's sleep and made love potions using arugula and lettuce. Today, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable in the United States, after potatoes, with the average American eating about 30 pounds of lettuce each year. That's five times the amount we ate in 1900. The nutrition you'll [...]

The Skinny on Salad Greens2019-05-29T10:41:49-04:00

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on May 11

2019-05-08T11:27:13-04:00

World Fair Trade Day is a globally celebrated holiday. On Saturday, May 11, around the world, there will be events and discussions showcasing the work of small-scale producers and artisans who are at the heart of the Fair Trade movement and the contributions they make to healthy and sustainable communities. Fair Trade is trade built on trust and respect, spanning geographic and cultural boundaries. GreenStar is committed to offering Fair Trade products from companies such as African Market Baskets, Equal Exchange, Alaffia, Alter Eco, Choice Tea, Dr. Bronner's, Eco Teas, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Theo Chocolates, and Maggie's Organics. These Fair Trade-certified businesses help facilitate change in the communities they work with. Your patronage of these companies supports initiatives ranging [...]

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on May 112019-05-08T11:27:13-04:00

Dancing Turtle Sprouts — Fresh, Vibrant Micro-produce

2019-05-01T13:30:35-04:00

By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Marketing Staff What’s a microfarmer? Ask Ellen Brown. She grows crops, to be sure — very, very tiny crops. A small commercial kitchen facility below her Freeville home and a modest greenhouse structure nearby provide all the space she needs to run Dancing Turtle, tending microgreens and sprouts. We all know good things come in small packages. Ellen’s crops are packed with nutrients and as fresh as can be, arriving at the Co-op having been harvested (in the case of the microgreens) mere hours before, or (in the case of the sprouts) still living and growing. “I find it very satisfying that I can produce really healthy food,” Ellen says. “It’s a pretty neat job!” [...]

Dancing Turtle Sprouts — Fresh, Vibrant Micro-produce2019-05-01T13:30:35-04:00

Stock up for Passover with our great selection of Seder foods!

2019-04-10T16:20:57-04:00

Spring is coming, and that means Passover is right around the corner — when the sun goes down on Friday, April 19, Passover begins. Food is central to this holiday, so we've got our Passover display at the West End store cram-packed with traditional Seder foods. We've got matzos of all kinds: classic wheat matzos from Streit's; whole-wheat and egg matzos from Manischewitz (producing matzo since 1888!) ; and organic whole-wheat and spelt matzos from Yehuda. Beyond matzos, look for matzo meal (classic, whole-grain, gluten-free), matzo ball mix and other Seder needs like gefilte fish, macaroons, gluten-free kosher for Passover noodles, and juices. Looking for Seder recipes and inspiration? The Joy of Kosher has you covered, from cooking to [...]

Stock up for Passover with our great selection of Seder foods!2019-04-10T16:20:57-04:00

Farmer Ground Flour: Local, Organic Stoneground Flours and Grains

2019-04-11T23:14:19-04:00

By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Marketing Staff Wheat has been a staple food of human civilizations since before recorded history, eaten whole or ground into flour for baking an astonishing array of leavened and unleavened bread products. It remains a central part of many people’s diets — those who can’t imagine a hearty soup without a crusty bread alongside know what I’m talking about. For the past decade, Farmer Ground Flour has kept local, organic flours and grain products on Ithaca tables. Owned by Greg Russo, Neal Johnston, and Thor Oechsner, Farmer Ground Flour supplies the Co-op with a very long list (see below) of certified-organic products. Supported in its early years by two late pillars of the local, organic [...]

Farmer Ground Flour: Local, Organic Stoneground Flours and Grains2019-04-11T23:14:19-04:00

Maine Seaweed Guide

2019-01-09T16:51:30-05:00

Seaweeds are the oldest family of plants on earth, enjoyed daily as a staple and healing food in many coastal parts of the world. They are rich in minerals, trace elements, vitamins, fiber, enzymes, and high-quality protein. The four varieties described below are sourced from Maine Seaweed and available in our West End Bulk Department. Maine Seaweed is a family-owned business that specializes in high-quality, hand-harvested seaweed foraged from the Gulf of Maine. Maine Seaweed’s owner and operator, Larch Hanson, has harvested seaweed for over four decades within a five-mile radius of his seaside home on Gouldsboro Bay. The Gulf of Maine is an exceptional place for seaweed harvesting because it’s an enclosed ecosystem, safe from the pollutants in [...]

Maine Seaweed Guide2019-01-09T16:51:30-05:00
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