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!
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!