Sweet Treats: Spotlight on our Honey Suppliers

By Jennifer Wholey

ricks bees smIf you ask a beekeeper what comprises an average day on the job, they will all say something similar: when your livelihood is so tied to the seasons and other living creatures, there is no daily routine.

"The work is very seasonal, and there is no typical day," said Gil Menda, of Gil's Honeybees.

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Macro Mamas Blooms from a Cooking Garden

Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:41

By Julian Montijo

Peggy Aker 300pxWhen I met Peggy Aker, owner and founder of Macro Mamas, at the Ithaca Farmers Market on a sunny Saturday morning, there was already a line of people waiting to order from the stand. Her vegan, macrobiotic meals are packed with energizing, local, and in-season ingredients, making Macro Mamas one of the most beloved vendors at the market, and at GreenStar, where Macro Mamas' Macro Meals and Peanut Lime Noodles can be found in the Deli.

Macro Mamas has seen immense growth since its founding in 1992, with its farm-fresh philosophy right on time and aligned with the macrobiotics movement. The macrobiotic way, similar to a farm-to-table diet, emphasizes eating locally and in keeping with the season, while also avoiding processed foods. With seasonal, energy-dense meals as its focal point, Macro Mamas represents a collaboration of local farmers and people who love to cook, working both with and for the community.

Macro Mamas has its roots in Hector — the business bloomed in Peggy's own garden. "I'm totally inspired in the garden," she said. It was there she began to grow a lot of her own food, to cultivate what she needed for a macrobiotic diet. Following her lifelong passion for cooking and gardening, she decided to make a career out of it, gardening five days a week and selling her produce at the weekend farmers market. From there, she began designing and selling meals using only the produce she grew. As the Macro Mamas stand grew in popularity and the demand for her meals became greater than her own garden could provide for, Peggy began to work with local organic farmers. At this point, she has a great relationship with the farmers, enabling Macro Mamas to have a year-round supply of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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Lyme Disease in Pets: 
Non-Toxic Approaches to Prevention and Healing

Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:02

By Karen Gellman, DVM

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How can you protect your pets from fleas and ticks without resorting to toxic chemicals? Lyme Disease has raged in the Northeast for the past 20 years, but until recently Tompkins County has never been an endemic area. Now it is hitting us with a vengeance, with widespread infections for both humans and canines.

Should I get my dog a vaccine for Lyme disease?

The only sources who vouch for the effectiveness of Lyme vaccines are the manufacturers. It is not recommended by any of the national organizations of veterinarians.

What about "spot on" medicines like Advantix or Frontline Plus?

Commercial products that protect against both fleas and ticks are the strongest, and therefore the most toxic. Please hesitate before exposing your dog to such a high toxic load. If your dog has seizure disorder, vaccinosis from rabies or distemper, or other signs of sensitivity to neurotoxins, none of these types of product should be used.

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  • Andrew Hernandez,
    Produce Manager

    BlueberriesThe local bounty keeps on keepin' on — August brings green beans, kale, tomatoes (yes!), and blueberries.

    August — the swan song of a full summer month calls as the autumnal session edges closer with the coming of September; we move away from the hot-air humidity of July; and are promised the chance of more comfort, but at the cost of recessing daylight and falling degrees. Be...

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