By Patrick Sewell
With the holiday shopping season here, many of us have begun casting around for gifts that capture a bit of the flavor of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca Beer, with its visage of Cayuga Lake as a centerpiece of the logo, not only captures the “Spirit of the Finger Lakes,” but bottles it up in the form of brews so distinctive they have become one of Ithaca’s most congenial ambassadors.
Located just a few miles down the road from GreenStar, Ithaca Beer Company (IBC) truly represents the benefits of utilizing local vendors. For one thing, they take an active part in the local economy, working directly with Challenge Industries, a local organization that employs those with disabilities, in packaging their products. According to IBC’s sales representative, Eric VanZile, Challenge employees erect the six-pack carriers that the beer is sold in, which opens up valuable warehouse space, because the brewery doesn’t have to store the flattened carriers until they are ready to be shipped. IBC has even been able to find a local use for some of their waste; grains used in the brewing process are sold to local farmers for use as animal feed.
By Joe Romano,
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
Imagine for a moment that you were present at the start of a great and hallowed tradition. What would you imagine you might overhear on such a momentous occasion? Let us choose, for example, the first Thanksgiving.
“Would you like some more eel?” “No thanks, I am quite full on seal meat and the lovely porridge you made with the corn you stole from our storage pit.” “How are you enjoying the roasted swan? You’ve been picking at it for three days now.” “It is good but I am partial to the deer innards, and acorns.” “Well, save some room for boiled pumpkins. After all, we can celebrate the fact that almost half of us are still alive!”
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|Getting Back to Basics|
Trying to stretch your shopping dollars? Look for new low-priced BASICS — beans, pasta, yogurt, and more.
We've expanded our BASICS items again! Our buyers have worked hard to bring new deals and new low prices to our members and shoppers so you can keep your shelves stocked with basic pantry staples without breaking the bank. We've got organic vegetable broth from Field Day at $1.99 per quart! Perfect as the foundation for budget-stretching soups. And that's just the start —look for organic canned black beans for 99¢ per can! Seven Stars organic low-fat plain and whole-milk plain yogurt in quart sizes for $3.79! (That's a brand-new low price for this delicious regional product.) We've added stoneground wheat crackers at $1.99, and organic penne for $1.99. Pair it with our new BASICS organic tomato basil pasta sauce at $2.99! These are in addition to our already-existing lineup of great basics prices — we'll continue to do our best to bring you great, healthy products at great prices!