Local Heroes: West Haven Farm Apples

By Felix Teitelbaum,GreenLeaf Editor
You may have sometimes wondered at the selection of organic apples at GreenStar and why so many of them come from so far away. The fact is, in 2001, of the 12,189 acres of certified organic apples grown in this country, fully 95% were grown west of the Rockies. Although NY is well known for its delicious apples, organic growers in NY, and all over the Northeast, face many more challenges than their western counterparts.

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New York's Farmworkers: Toward Local Fair Trade

By Marielle Macher

Our small group of Cornell Farmworker Program interns stood outside the home of some New York State farmworkers to whom we had been asked to  provide English lessons; we were unsure what to think.  While we had already been to many farmworker homes over the course of the summer, this one was different.  From the outside, the home seemed abandoned.  There were plastic bags where there should have been windows, the porch had begun to collapse and the roof seemed in need of substantial repair.  Inside, the furniture was sparse and falling apart, the walls were largely unpainted and the ceiling beams were exposed.  However, despite these poor living conditions, the workers welcomed us into their home with incredible enthusiasm and hospitality.  After we provided the workers with an English lesson, they taught us about life in Guatemala and their experiences in the United States.


While the conditions of this home were not necessarily typical of farmworker housing in general, this home nevertheless reflects the invisibility and isolation of farmworkers in our state, and the sometimes overlooked issues of injustice within our local food system.

 


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From the Farm: Starflower Farm

By Felix Teitelbaum, GreenLeaf Editor

“It helps to be isolated from other potato production,” says Andy Leed of Starflower Farm as he unearths a few Dark Red Norlands–one of the 36 varieties of potatoes he grows that shoppers can expect to find soon at GreenStar.

There’s no question about it, the farm is isolated. And very quiet.

When he hurls an overgrown tuber, a doe and fawn scamper off into the neighboring woods; newts creep underfoot; few cars pass.

The farm, in the hills outside of Candor, NY, grows potatoes for both seed and table.

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New in Produce

Local Harvest Bounty!

Andrew Hernandez,
Produce Manager

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What a great time of year -—Halloween is coming, and the local harvest is abundant. We can hardly list it all, just come in!

"Bonfires burning bright, pumpkin faces in the night, I remember Halloween" — October is upon us. All Hallow's Eve is my favorite holiday.* I love the feelings in the air, the brisk night, the changed energy. Fall is here, November beckons, and the Winter Solstice is around the corner. Find warmth with us! Stick and Stone Farm provides fresh kale, baby bok choy, mustard greens, and various winter squashes (pie pumpkins, delicata, spaghetti squash, red kuri), as well as kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and fractal-licious Romanesco cauliflower. Blue Heron Farm brings purple, red, and yellow carrots, winter squash (acorn, jester, honeynut, butternut, Autumn Crown, kabocha), and turnips. We've also got lots of locally grown apples and pumpkins. So we've got all of your roasting needs, and a great abundance of cruciferous veggies to boot! *Note: Please be safe and responsible on Halloween — don't drink and drive and have a good night.

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