Black Diamond Farm: What Is Integrated Fruit Production?


A guest post by Jackie Merwin, co-owner of Black Diamond Orchard. In the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York, our small family farm in Trumansburg, Black Diamond Farm, is adjacent to the Black Diamond trail. The area has a long rich history of apple growing. Despite our small size, we’re growing some of the most exciting new varieties and many treasured ‘heritage’ apple varieties. Practicing IFP (Integrated Fruit Production), we take pride in producing high quality fruit selected for excellent and unusual tastes. Integrated Fruit Production, the system we use, is called “ecological” fruit growing in Europe, where it’s widely practiced. IFP uses many organic strategies such as bringing in beneficial predators to control pests, pheromone trapping [...]

Black Diamond Farm: What Is Integrated Fruit Production?2019-09-23T15:22:49-04:00



By Co+op, stronger together The apple is a classic American fruit if ever there was one. On average, Americans eat over 50 pounds of apples a year (37% of that in fresh whole apples, the rest processed into apple juice, applesauce, apple pie, etc.). We've given it the distinction of official state fruit in New York, Rhode Island, and West Virginia, while Arkansas and Michigan have dubbed the apple blossom their official state flower. We even have adages about the fruit —  "an apple a day..." and "as American as apple pie."  And of course there's that story of Adam and Eve — not of American origin, but still. Like pears, apples are a member of the rose family. [...]


General Manager Report: Collegetown and DeWitt Store Updates


By Brandon Kane, General Manager A cooperative’s strength is derived from its owners, and I can say with confidence that our co-op has some of the most committed ownership in the nation. GreenStar is more than 13,000 owners strong and 78 percent of our sales are made to owners. Now here we are ushering in a new and improved GreenStar at 770 Cascadilla Street. I’m filled with excitement for the work of the next several months. As GreenStar grows, so does cooperation. I’ve been providing monthly updates on the West End expansion, so this month I’d like to share some great new developments at our other GreenStar locations. GreenStar’s Collegetown store celebrates its third anniversary this month. Already holding [...]

General Manager Report: Collegetown and DeWitt Store Updates2019-07-31T14:43:50-04:00

Maple-Sweetened Zucchini Bread


This healthy bread is loaded with ingredients that you can source locally. Zucchini is famously abundant this time of year, but if you don't have any in your garden, pick some up at the Co-op, freshly delivered from Stick and Stone Farm. While you're here, stock up on Ward's maple syrup, Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods sunflower seed oil, Farmer Ground flour, and bulk eggs from Meadow Creek, Westwind, or Red Gate Grocer. makes 2 loaves Ingredients 3 cups plus 2 Tbsp whole-wheat pastry flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt 1 ¼ cup dark pure maple syrup 3 large eggs  ½ cup sunflower seed oil 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 Tbsp butter, melted 1 pound zucchini, shredded (about 3 ½ cups) ¾ cup rolled oats Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees [...]

Maple-Sweetened Zucchini Bread2019-08-05T13:53:28-04:00

Stick and Stone Farm: Growing unique organic veggie varieties


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

Quick Pickle a Bounty of Local Produce


By Co+op, stronger together Pickling can be just that — a pickle. True pickling is an ancient miracle for food preservation, but involves a drawn-out fermentation process requiring canning equipment, sterilization procedures and a whole lotta waiting around. Kudos to you if that’s up your alley, but the truth is, some of us simply don’t have the time or patience to be as DIY-savvy as our worldly ancestors. So if you’re a little fickle about pickling, we understand. But did you know that there’s a fast and easy way to preserve and chill those fresh garden veggies without having to wear a lab coat? Allow us to introduce quick pickling for those of you not ready to go all in. [...]

Quick Pickle a Bounty of Local Produce2019-06-27T11:36:09-04:00

Co-op Principle #4: Autonomy and Independence


By Alexis Alexander, GreenStar Membership Manager When I think about the Seven Cooperative Principles, there’s one that I tend to forget: Principle #4, Autonomy and Independence. Maybe that’s because it’s so fundamental to the notion of cooperatives. Then again, it’s also the one I struggle to explain. So, this month, I’m taking up the challenge to share what I know about this important, yet somewhat elusive principle. The International Cooperative Alliance defines Autonomy and Independence as follows: “Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.” At [...]

Co-op Principle #4: Autonomy and Independence2019-06-20T09:59:03-04:00

Hill Side Farm: Local, Organically Grown Staples


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


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

Dancing Turtle Sprouts — Fresh, Vibrant Micro-produce


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
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