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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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!