Picnics with family and friends at one of New York’s State Parks is a favorite way to spend Memorial Day weekend. Add foods from the Ithaca area and New York State to create a cook-out everyone can enjoy. GreenStar offers a variety of local and regional products for you to choose from.

Start with hamburgers made from local grass-fed ground beef from Grassland Farm in Ovid, NY.  We also carry hot dogs, ribs, pork chops, and sausages from The Piggery and beef steaks from Engelbert Farms. For a vegetarian option, Rochester-based Soy Boy makes Okara burgers, Not Dogs, and tempeh. Slice a slab of tempeh through its middle to create a thin patty. Tempeh holds up well to bbq sauce such as Lucy’s BBQ Sauce from IKC. Serve your burgers on Heidelberg’s new buns made in NY with NY grown flour.

Top your burgers with the following:

  • Bacon from The Piggery
  • Sliced Swiss, provolone, muenster, and cheddar cheeses from Buttercup are available in our Deli grab-n-go
  • Local goat cheese spreads from Lively Run and Side Hill Acres
  • Mild, hot, and mango salsas and salsa verde made in our Central Kitchen
  • Mom’s Zesty Brown Mustard from MacDonald Farms 

Round out your meal with dill pickles from Brooklyn Brine, sold bulk style in our Deli grab-n-go. Whip up German potato salad with local new potatoes from Hillside Farm in Ithaca. Add local asparagus to the grill. We have cold cider from Black Diamond Farm and the Good Life Cider. Our cold beer section is filled with selections from Ithaca Beer and Southern Tier.


Look for recipe ideas at Strongertogether.coop