By Kristie Snyder,
Beer lovers now have a lot more to be happy about at GreenStar. The recent addition of two large coolers in the West-End store has allowed the Grocery Department to bring in more variety and more local beers, and much of what was already available on the shelves can now be purchased chilled.
"We have at least 38 new beers from several new companies," said Grocery Manager Adam Morris. "We have ten times as much cold beer as before. And we are much less likely to run out of your favorites now that we have more space."
All of the beers on offer at GreenStar are local (sourced within 100 miles), regional (sourced within 300 miles), or organic, as set out in the member referendum passed in April 2007 that allowed alcohol to be sold at the Co-op.
For those who like to experiment, nearly a quarter of the new cooler space is dedicated to single bottles of beer. Pick up one that looks interesting, or make your own six-pack of cold beer. It's perfect if you're curious about a new variety, but don't want to commit to an entire six- or four-pack.
For those who prefer organic, Wolaver's, a longstanding favorite, is in the cooler, with plenty of space dedicated to their popular Oatmeal Stout. Peak Organic Brewing Company's six-packs are also available chilled, and their IPA is available in the singles cooler.
By Julian Montijo
Traditions of generational farming live on at the home of Finger Lakes Maple Products, where Owen Raymond makes 250 to 400 gallons of maple syrup by hand each year. Owen and his wife, Donna, who does the bookkeeping for the small-scale business, have been fine-tuning their process of maple syrup production since 1999. They do everything from tapping the trees to boiling and bottling the sap, all of which is done at their home in Ellis Hollow just outside of Ithaca.
Owen is no rookie when it comes to the production of maple syrup. With family roots in Quebec, where 80 percent of the world's syrup is produced, he has a solid history in the trade. As he was growing up, his grandfather made maple syrup, as did his parents. When starting his own business, Owen remembered doing a lot of rewarding work for his father's maple syrup production, and wanted to continue the practice. Owen is now part of the fourth generation of maple farmers in his family, using many of his father's former tools and equipment.
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New in Grocery
|Local Foods Off the Cob, Yo!|
Our shelves are loaded with new local products —applesauce, apple butter, apple cider vinegar, coffee, chips, and kraut!
Would you like to check out our new local offerings? Littletree Orchards is now providing us with applesauce, delectable apple butter, and apple cider vinegar! Red Jacket Orchards, whose juices you may know and love (check them out if you're not yet acquainted!), is now making a wonderful plum butter. Copper Horse Coffee is roasting delicious, award-winning new coffees right here in Ithaca — which accounts for four new robust and fragrant flavors on our grocery shelves. Remember Off the Cob Chips? You do if you've ever had them before. Made from sweet corn grown in Newfield at Early Bird Farm, they're back, and they taste as great as ever! Finally, we keep adding to our line of Crooked Carrot fermented goodies, the latest being red kraut! Find it in our refrigerated section among other beautiful and wholesome ferments. We love local!