Member Services Department
In April of 2003 GreenStars members voted on and passed two referenda which allowed the sale of previously disallowed meats in the stores. This month, GreenStar expects to begin selling beef (and some pork) from Engelbert Farms in Nichols, NY. The new local supplier has been inspected by GreenStar and conforms to all of the Co-ops requirements.
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.
By Felix Teitelbaum
As the growing season comes to a close and we reap the last of the year's local harvest, many area cooks and the people they love (and feed) will enjoy a rare treat. The farmers at Cayuga Pure Organics (CPO) have, in their third season, grown an abundance of delicious, local black, pinto and other beans. If this news of the lowly bean doesn't sound like sweet music to your ears, consider this.
Between 1998 and 2002 the ratio of US edible beans (those consumed by people) exported to those imported fell by a factor of three and has continued to fall. Chances are, many of the beans you eat have traveled a lot more than you have recently.
Even the typical US grown bean has been hitting the road more than the average working stiff.
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New in Grocery
|Who Needs a Reason? It's Pumpkin Beer Season|
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!