On March 25, GreenStar members, councilmembers and staff joined over 100 community members in Brooktondale at an open house hosted by local farm Cayuga Pure Organics (CPO). The festivities started with a tour highlighting the farm’s recently completed processing facility. People gathered to learn the history of the farm from co-owner Erick Smith, and what is involved in getting their beans, grains and seeds from field to table from CPO’s inspirational advisor and enthusiast John Hamilton.
Afterwards, people lined up eagerly to enjoy a free meal provided by GreenStar including chili made with CPO’s organic black beans, a salad made with local hydroponic lettuce and local cider.
“Supporting local farms and helping to build a sustainable local food system is a part of GreenStar’s mission and values,” says Liz Karabinakis, GreenStar’s Member and Community Services Manager who helped coordinate the event. “Helping to make local food accessible in our community is more than operating a retail business- it is about connecting with our farmers and being a part of their accomplishments.”
Community members and businesses that have been instrumental at helping CPO overcome daunting challenges where identified to the crowd and given a heartfelt appreciation.
“We are thankful that so many people value what we are trying to do,” says Erick Smith, “This is a great opportunity to work together and help develop a local food economy that is rooted in ecological responsibility and strives to grow, produce and sell the highest quality products to our community.”
The afternoon ended with a farewell to CPO farmer Melissa Madden who is pursuing a farming endeavor in Wisconsin, and a warm welcome to Shamus Clancey, the newest member of CPO’s beanery team.
Guests were excited to learn that the processing facility is operational and black, pinto, small red and cranberry beans, as well as whole oats and whole wheat, are now available at the Co-op!
As busy as the CPO team is putting finishing touches on its new bean facility and gearing up for the upcoming growing season, they also continue to expand their operation. The farm recently acquired and will soon install a commercial mill. Watch for locally grown, locally milled whole grain flours at GreenStar soon!
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It's not too early to start grilling — try some local pork, or meatless Gardein products. We've got all the fixin's.
It's never too early to start grilling! Try local, heritage-breed, pasture-raised, and 100-percent organic-grain-fed pork products from Hog Wild Farm for great barbecue fare! Throw those pork chops or hot dogs on your grill and fire it up with Woodstock all-natural hardwood lump charcoal. Try some Silver Hill hot-dog buns or Udi's gluten-free options. Woodstock supplies the grillin' fixin's: organic mustard and ketchup (part of our low-cost BASICS program!), and organic pickles and relish. You can also create a vegetarian barbecue from the exciting array of Gardein meatless products in the freezer. Be sure to try the new black bean burger. Round out your meal with a crisp, cold, regionally brewed Narragansett lager — the Pabst Blue Ribbon of New England and the perfect complement to springtime grilling! Not local enough for you? How about a bottle of Utica Club, the Pabst of upstate NY? Another easy sipping lager on hand here at the Co-op!