`We all know that food can nourish us in more ways than one. Those that feed our emotional well-being we call comfort foods. Sometimes they call up positive memories of childhood (think macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes), and other times they soothe via indulgence (chocolate, anyone?).
More often than not, comfort foods are home-cooked foods (not gourmet) and, well, they're not always wholesome. But that doesn't mean they can't be made more nutritious while still satisfying. Upgrading begins with choosing or adding healthful, quality ingredients.
By Kristie Snyder,
Coffee tends to be a passionate subject, and Ithaca's newest coffee roasters are passionate about offering a great product. For Danny Burns and Mary Loehr, longtime friends and owners of Silent City Uprising Coffee, roasting coffee complements their lifestyles as peace and justice activists. They state right on the product label: "We are pro-worker, pro-farmer, pro-union, peace and justice roasters, and we're not ashamed to say it!"
Roasting coffee offers a way for the pair to work part-time, allowing them time to travel, participate in protests, be arrested and go to jail if need be in support of their causes, while at the same time supporting organic, Fair Trade coffee farmers abroad and local causes closer to home. A percentage of profits from each batch goes to a cause such as Veterans Sanctuary or Loaves and Fishes. Recently they sent six pounds of beans to the Occupy Wall Street protestors.
Silent City was named for a historic area of Ithaca along the inlet that was populated by mostly immigrant families, who lived in shacks made of gathered materials and supported themselves by poaching, fishing, day jobs and whatever else they could cobble together – and by supporting each other. "They supported each other and looked after each other," Mary says, "and that's why we chose the name."
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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!