A Day On Not A Day Off

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The 21st annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at the Beverly J. Martin School gymnasium, 302 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca.  

Monday, January 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Performances by Honey Child Soul Quintet and John Simon  

A luncheon—free and open to the public 

This year’s theme “MYTHACA—Facts and Fiction”

will be facilitated by guest speaker Godfrey Simmons

The day is organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Cornell Public Service Center; the Center for Transformative Action; GreenStar Cooperative Market; Student Leadership, Engagement and Campus Activities at Cornell University; Cornell Dining; Ithaca College Office of  Multicultural Affairs, Cooperative Extension of TC;  Challenge Workforce Solutions and and community members

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The Winter Market is Back — Starting This Saturday!



The Ithaca Farmers Market again returns to The Space @ Greenstar for the winter months, bringing you fresh local produce, from sweet spinach and kale, to root vegetables, pastured meats, apples, cheeses, preserves and more. Plus, get your freshly baked pastries, hot coffee, breads, hot prepared food, and artisanal gifts also!

Markets are held Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Space from January 10 to March 28. Please enter at the intersection of Fulton and Court Streets, and you will be directed by an attendant to park in the lot there. After March 28th the market returns to its Steamboat Landing pavilion.

The Space has been newly renovated and serves as a beautiful, cozy and warm venue for our winter market. The Ithaca Farmers Market Board of Directors and management wishes to thanks Greenstar for being so generous with their lovely new community space.

From the farmers in their passive solar greenhouses, harvesting spinach, to the chefs in their kitchens and the artisans in their workshops, thank you for your support of our efforts to continue cultivating earth and community in the new year and throughout our winter months.

Come for groceries, come for brunch, come for gifts, or just come to reconnect with friends, community members and family. It’s all happening at the Ithaca Farmers Market’s Winter Market.


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Creamy Tumeric Latte


* Originally posted here on kaleandchocolate.com

Turmeric is the vibrant orange-yellow spice affectionately known as the magic sword against inflammation, birthed in India and crowned centuries ago as one of the great dosha balancers in ayurvedic medicine. With all the healing benefits, you can taste the inherent goodness with each sip. It is just as delicious as it is nutritious. Drink up!

*Serves 1


1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 heaping tablespoon fresh turmeric root, grated (or use approximately 2 teaspoons turmeric paste – see below)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated (or 1 teaspoon ground)
1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
Raw honey or stevia to taste

*Note: To make the turmeric paste combine 2 parts turmeric powder with 1 part boiling water. Mix and store any extra in the fridge up to 5 days.


Gently warm the almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Next, combine coconut oil with milk and heat together until melted. Use a wire whisk or immersion blender to create a foam. Continue to stir until frothy and heated through.

Stir in honey or stevia to taste. Sip, savor & enjoy.

– See more at: http://kaleandchocolate.com/recipe/creamy-turmeric-latte/#sthash.jcxVem59.dpuf

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Mmm… Meyer Lemons


Guess what, Meyer lemon season is here! I could probably write a blog post a day about a different ways to use this amazing little gem. The Meyer Lemon is a cross between a true lemon and either a common orange or a mandarin. The result is a “not very sour” lemon. A lemon you could actually bite and eat with joy. One or two of these yellow gems make it into all of my shopping baskets during their 2 month season.
Here are a couple of my standard recipes to make.

Meyer Lemon Salad Dressing
zest of 2 Meyer lemons, divided
juice of 2 Meyer lemons (6 Tbl.)
3 Tbl. olive oil
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

Whisk to together olive oil, lemon juice , salt and pepper. Add ½ the zest. Toss the dressing with romaine leaves or mixed greens. Sprinkle the remaing zest on top of the salad. Serves 4.

Meyer Lemon Pasta Sauce
zest of 2 Meyer lemons
juice of 2 Meyer lemons (6 Tbl.)
1 8oz. package mascarpone cheese
1tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
a few grinds fresh black pepper

Whisk together lemon zest, mascarpone cheese, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Cook 1 pound of pasta according to package directions. Reserve about 3 Tbl. of the pasta water. Return pasta to the pot. Over low heat, stir in the sauce. Cook until just warm. Add pasta water, if needed, to keep the sauce fluid. Try adding 8 cups washed arugula or spinach by tossing the greens with the sauce and pasta, until just wilted. Serves 4

Meyer Lemon Veggie Dip
zest of 4 Meyer lemons
juice of 4 Meyer lemons (¾ cup)
1 16oz. package 2% Greek yogurt
1tsp. salt
a few grinds fresh black pepper
2 scalions, diced

Mix together lemon zest, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and scallion. Serve with veggies.

The salad dressing is a good way to change up the good old kale salad or on a light butter lettuce salad. The pasta sauce can impress a few dinner guests. My favorite is the veggie dip. It is easy to make and bring to work. The afternoon Greek yogurt becomes lunch instead.
The juice and zest are both so tasty you really do not want to miss out. You can stock up now and store the juice and zest in the freezer for the hot summer months. Or throw one in your basket and take a bite, you may be surprised.

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Ithaca Wine Fest presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company

On Saturday, December 13, join nearly two dozen Finger Lakes wine makers and cheese makers at The Space@GreenStar for this brand-new event. General admission tickets are $30 and include a commemorative wine glass and unlimited wine & cheese tastings. Only 50 VIP tickets will sold at $45 and include 30-minute “early bird” entry and a food-and-wine pairing demonstration by local author Laura Winter Falk and signing of her book, “The Culinary History of the Finger Lakes”. Tasting times are 12pm-2pm or 3pm-5pm. For information or for tickets, visit http://www.ithacawinefest.com/

Vendors include:
Americana Vineyards , Bet the Farm Winery, Finger Lakes Distillery, Ports of New York, Damiani Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Hosmer Winery, King Ferry Winery, Sheldrake Point Vineyard, Six Mile Creek Winery, Hector Wines, Red Newt Vineyards, Cayuga Ridge Estates, Wagner Vineyards, Leidenfrost, Sunset View Creamery, Engelbert Farms, Muranda Cheese, Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, Crosswinds Farm Creamery , Kenton Cheese and F. Oliver’s Oils and Vinegars.

All proceeds benefit CCE-Tompkins.

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Healing Blueberry Ginger Oatmeal by Breakfast Criminals


Check out this glorious recipe by Breakfast Criminals, one of my favorite breakfast recipe bloggers. It is perfect for this cold weather and cold season!


Directions: Mix everything except banana in a pot and cook until ready. Then, top with banana, more blueberries, ginger, bee pollen and coconut chips, if you wish (I’m obsessed with Dang!), mulberries and kiwi can add a nice touch too. Enjoy the goodness!
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Support Local at the Awesome Indie Art Market

The Awesome Indie Art Market features Local Art, Craft and Food, with something for everyone on your list.
If you haven’t taken your holiday photo yet, Rachel Philipson’s Photo Booth is your opportunity. Props provided or bring your own!
Cool Swag Bags for the first 30 people each day and free Awesome Indie Art Market Postcards by Artist Jim Garmhausen.

Tonight 12/5-
5-6:30 Live Old Time Music by Anyone’s Guess (made up of 4 of the 6 Beaver Creek Boys)
The premiere of the long awaited new issue of Fresh Dirt! They’ll be for sale and we’ll be giving some as prizes
The launch of the 2015 Guide to Being Local! They’ll also be for sale with some given as prizes
Healthy Food for All and the Youth Farm Project will be the recipients of a portion of sales of the 2015 Guide to Being Local

Tomorrow 12/6-
12:00-2:30 Live Music by London McDaniels
3-6:00 Free Face Painting
1-4:00 DIY Holiday Projects

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Local Foods Breakfast


Dear Friend of CCE-Tompkins,

Please join us on Wednesday, December 10 from 8:00-10:00a.m. for our 2014 Annual Meeting & Local Foods Breakfast. This year, we’ll meet at The Space @ Greenstar, at 700 West Buffalo Street in Ithaca. We’ll look back at some accomplishments from 2014, and look ahead to plans for the coming new year! Celebrate with us the accomplishments of Nancy Potter, Family & Community Development Issue Leader, and Audrey Cooper, Diversity & Inclusion Educator with CCE and with The Multicultural Resource Center. Join us also in recognizing our retiring board and committee members.

Share your thoughts on our major program directions. Meet community members, collaborators, and others who share an interest in Extension’s work. We invite your input on how our work can support your interests and needs, and those of your community! A brief election of new officers will conclude the event.

Learn about “Engaged Cornell”, the university’s new initiative to integrate community engagement into nearly every facet of the Cornell experience. Our featured speaker Judith Appleton, Cornell University’s Vice-Provost for Land Grant Affairs, will outline how this new effort might interface with the work of local governments, organizations and businesses.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast of primarily local foods. Selections include scrambled local eggs, home fried potatoes, local bacon and/or tempeh bacon, fresh fruit salad, and assorted breads with juice, coffee and teas. $10 per person in advance. Some scholarship assistance is available. Please reserve by Friday, December 5th to ensure a seat.

Reserve Online

New this year, you may PAY or RESERVE online at http://ccetc.peaksmaker.com. Simply visit the PEAKS link above to charge your tickets, or to reserve your seats and pay for them by check or cash at the door.
It’s fast, easy, and secure!

About Peaks: PEAKS is an online fundraising tool that helps to raise money for social justice causes and organizations in the Ithaca/Tompkins County area. PEAKS is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension and has raised nearly $400,000 for area organizations since 2011. Learn more about PEAKS at www.peaksmaker.com.
Register By Phone

You also may call (607) 272-2292 to charge your tickets by phone. Please reserve by Friday, December 5 to ensure a seat.

Please contact Ray Weaver, Public Affairs Coordinator, at weaver@cornell.edu or (607) 272-2292 with any questions regarding PEAKS, the 2014 Annual Meeting & Local Foods Breakfast.

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Give Thanks for Health Care


Wow! Look at how close we are to reaching the $5000 donation goal for Ithaca Health Alliance’s Free Clinic. Thank you to all of our customers for being so supportive. Can we raise the last little bit in the next 4 days?

It’s easy, just hand your cashier one of the 3 laminated cards to ring in your donation and turn each dollar into five dollars worth of services for our community. You can also take a Health Care is a Human Right bookmark home with you. This is a great way to give back to your community and perhaps remember a loved one at this time of year when we reflect on family and community. Services like employment physicals, acupuncture, women’s health, nutrition consultations, chiropractic, occupational therapy and primary care make an enormous difference to our friends and neighbors who would otherwise be unable to access them.

We’re especially pleased with our new partnership with the New York Chiropractic College,whose doctoral candidates are now doing clinical rotations at our Clinic. Like their counterparts from the Finger Lakes School of Massage, Ithaca College Occupational Therapy program, and Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, these advanced students provide essential care for our patients, gain valuable experience, and work with the Clinic’s dozens of volunteer health professionals in an integrated care setting unlike any other.

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Low Fat Vegan Alfredo Sauce

This is a staple in our house during the cooler months. It is an amazing addition to any dish for a creamy and decadent experience!

4 cups steamed cauliflower (steam until soft)

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 (generous) Tablespoons mellow white miso paste (I buy from the bulk miso section under the sauerkraut!)

Pinch of Himalayan Salt


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. A high speed blender is not necessary. Give it a try and see if you want to add any extra miso for a sharper taste. Blend again if you do!
Add to a bowl of gluten-free noodles or zucchini noodles with veggies for a warm and satisfying meal!


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