|Community from Scratch: Wide Awake Bakery|
By Kristie Snyder,
Try this sometime: Come into the West-End store on a Tuesday or Friday afternoon, when Wide Awake Bakery has just made a delivery. There will be four freshly baked varieties to choose from. Buy a loaf of their bread. It will cost you six and-a-half bucks for the loaf. It will be worth it. Unless you are very lucky, the bread will be the best you've ever eaten. That might be all you
Monday, 01 September 2014 14:47
The rocks are not so close akin to us as the soil; they are one more remove from us; but they lie back of all, and are the final source of all. ... Time, geologic time, looks out at us from the rocks as from no other objects in the landscape.
— John Burroughs
By Joe Romano,
Issues like fracking, protecting our local biodiversity, whether local wine should be sold in supermarkets, whether Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) should be stored in the Seneca salt caverns, which neighborhoods get funding for what, supporting local farmers, and the role of the colleges up on the hills of our community seem like issues of the moment here in Ithaca. But actually, all of these things were caused by the same factors and each had its genesis over 360 million years ago.
You may be looking down at your feet and scratching your head, wondering how that is possible. Well that's a perfect response. In fact, look down at your feet right now, because that's where the answer lies.
Imagine that it's 410 million years ago. The continents have yet to differentiate and drift apart. High sea levels have flooded this part of what will become the North American continent, so you're standing under warm ocean water very near to the Earth's equator. A collision with the landmass that is now Europe has created a long mountain range on the scale of the Himalayas that rise above the water just to the east of this undersea Ithaca. The water around you is teeming with life. At your feet are seashells and skeletons of sea creatures that form a limey mud that will eventually become limestone.
Monday, 01 September 2014 14:42
By Joe Romano,
GreenStar Natural Foods Market and the Agricultural Justice Project are proud to announce that GreenStar is the first supermarket in North America to receive Food Justice Certification! Three of the seven existing certified entities are from Ithaca: GreenStar, The Piggery, and West Haven Farm are all members of this important roster. Leah Cohen, Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) Program Director, confirms that both the stores and the farm meet the rigorous AJP standards for respectful treatment of store employees, living wages, safe working conditions, and commitment to continual improvement, and have earned the right to display the Food Justice Certified label.
A recent AJP press release calls GreenStar "one of NYS's outstanding retail stores" and "a pioneer in food justice, initiating an array of programs to provide access to high quality food for low-income people and to diversify staff." They go on to note that we are "committed to cooperative principles and to open book management by a team that makes decisions by consensus and welcomes the creative contributions of all staff members and owner-volunteers."
The release also quotes the author of this article: "GreenStar is thrilled to partner with the Agricultural Justice Program by receiving their Food Justice Certification. We are pleased not only to receive Food Justice Certification ourselves, but to promote the fair business practices it represents to our members, shoppers, and to our community as a whole. Having a standard that 'measures what matters' ensures that workers and producers are fairly treated. This type of certification is long overdue, and we are happy to be one of the first of what will hopefully be many businesses committed to this kind of objective evaluation, so that 'Food Justice for All' becomes the standard for businesses, communities, and individuals." The author (myself) also notes that "providing fair and supportive treatment of our own employees, and being sensitive to the working and living conditions of those whose labor produces the goods we sell" are top priorities for GreenStar.
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By Joe Damiano,
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Volcano rice is a nutrient-dense and delicious heirloom food, and we have several beautiful varieties from Lotus Foods Rice.
Have you tried any of our Lotus Foods Rice? Volcano rice is a mineral- and antioxidant-packed blend of traditional aromatic West Java rices grown on volcanic soils rich in magnesium, manganese, and zinc — essential minerals so often lacking in moder...
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