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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Fall beers are a reason to celebrate the change of the seasons. We've got a great variety from local and organic breweries.
I know you don't want to hear it but ... fall and winter are coming! We in the Grocery Department mark the seasonal changes early to coincide with our local and regional beer company's changing seasonal options. That's right, the fall beers are here! Harvest beers, pumpkin beers, and the Oktoberfest brews are rolling in. We've got Country Pumpkin from Ithaca Beer Company, Pumpkin and Oktoberfest brews from Saranac, Harvest Ale from Southern Tier, Pumpkin Ale from Magic Hat, and an organic Pumpkin from Wolavers! We'll also be getting the Post Road Pumpkin from Brooklyn Brewery along with a very limited amount of Pumking from Southern Tier. And, for the first time, we have a gluten-free pumpkin option in the form of Harpoon Brewery Pumpkin Cider. All of these wonderful brews will be available in our beer selection as well as in several seasonal displays spread throughout the store. It's worth celebrating the season's change so early when so many wonderful libations are available to try at the Co-op!