By Kristie Snyder,
To some, the beat-up box on our kitchen table might appear to be filled with random, uninteresting, even unidentifiable vegetables. To us, though, it is a treasure chest—filled with golden and ruby-colored potatoes, shimmering onions, tiny, tender Brussels sprouts and other gems of the fall and winter harvest. This is the first installment of our winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from Lodi’s Blue Heron Farm, and we’re excited about it. Since our summer CSA share came to an end, we’ve been waiting for this glorious box of local, organic, whole and fresh food, and we know it’s going to be delicious.
Eating local has many benefits, for the eater, the environment, the local economy—but many people think it’s just not possible in the winter. But even in wintery Ithaca, when the glut of summer veggies is long gone, and seemingly nothing green is in sight, it’s possible to eat a wide variety of local foods.
By GreenLeaf editorial staff
GreenLeaf recently sat down with GreenStars Deli Manager Allyn Rosenbaum and Marketing Manager Joe Romano to find out just how to throw a party like a natural.
GreenLeaf: Ok, Im having a party. Who do I invite?
Allyn Rosenbaum: I always just invite all the different people in my life, most people in a festive mood will find someone to relate to. If your going to have kids over, try to have more than one, one kid gets bored. It is also a good idea to have something for kids to do, we recently had a baby shower with older kids invited. We set them up in another area with pumpkin carving and a willing adult to help. Everyone had a great time. Holiday cookie decorating is a great kid activity and you can do everything in advance.
GL: I know a lot of people. How many of them should I invite?
Joe Romano: If you have to ask, dont invite more than 8even that will stress an inexperienced host. Also, it depends on the type of dinner you want to have, it can be large and formal or small and intimate.
GL: What kind of mix really works?
JR: This is the toughest question, generally if you subject your friends to an uncomfortable family experience, probably neither group will thank you for it. If on the other hand, your relatives can behave, then your friends and your family both get a new perspective on you.
By the Marketing and
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.
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New in Grocery
New pork products from The Piggery are now in our fresh meat case. Vegetarian? Try some new vegan Benevolent Bacon.
It's finally here (again)! We've dotted the I's and crossed the T's and finished our rigorous farm-inspection procedure for the Piggery family of farms. That's right, we're finally selling those local cuts right here at the Co-op! The Piggery has teamed up with Interbrook Farms to raise pigs that adhere to our bylaws, producing these cuts exclusively for GreenStar. Heather, owner of the Piggery, has created a wonderful, thriving business and farm whose impeccable reputation is spreading far and wide all across New York state. We're very excited to join the grocery stores, cafes, and markets selling their goods throughout the area, all the way down through the Hudson Valley and into New York City. Support your local farmer and try some fresh Piggery cuts today! For those of you who aren't celebrating this new addition, there's a new vegan alternative in the cooler — Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon from Sweet Earth! It's GMO-free and 100-percent vegan.