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Eating Green in Ithaca (and We Don't Just Mean Veggies)

Written by Alyssa Richard

Eating Green in Ithaca

Who says it isn't easy being green?

Move to Ithaca, frog! Being green here isn't just easy, it's a way of life.

Buildings, homes, businesses, and transportation in Ithaca have become more environmentally friendly, and sustainability is a governing force in town.

But what about food?

Yes, even the way we eat is green (organic food that is in season and grown locally). Check out all these places to find great Ithaca eats:

The Ithaca Farmers Market is a wonderful, weekend escape from busy college life with its friendly faces, music, and food on the edge of Cayuga's waters. The famers' market hosts over 150 local vendors selling fresh food, wine, crafts, jewelry, musical instruments, and coffee. 

GreenStar is a cooperative, natural foods market with two locations in downtown Ithaca (but you don't have to be a member to shop there).  Some products are more expensive than they might be in other grocery stores, but if you’re like us, you’re happy to pay that extra 50 cents for a tomato without pesticides!

GreenStar also has very high standards for the food it sells. While most places claim the local label to include anything within 100 miles, everything GreenStar sells that is “local” is within a 30 mile radius, no exceptions!

There are several restaurants in town that serve local, organic food and participate in sustainable practices.

Moosewood, ¡Viva! Taqueria and Cantina, the Smart Monkey Café, the Green Café, and Aladdin’s Natural Eating are just a few places in town you can hit up for a nice night out on the town while still eating green.

But chances are, no matter where you dine in Ithaca, there will be something available with local, organic ingredients -- just ask!

EcoVillage at Ithaca is a non-profit, sustainable organization that offers residents the opportunity to live and learn sustainability. This intentional community consists of two 30-home cohousing neighborhoods, where residents work together to grow and prepare food right in their very neighborhood. They also offer tours to the public and internships to IC students!

Dilmun Hill Student Farm is a student-run farm on the Cornell campus that uses organic and sustainable agricultural practices. The student farm's stand is open to the public June through October on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

You can find them in front of Cornell’s Mann Library, where they sell fresh, picked-that-morning produce. It's a  great way to support fellow students and, of course, support organic eating habits and sustainable practices!

Dining Halls at IC
Yes, even the dining halls realize the need for sustainability. The Fresh Foods Market at Towers Dining Hall serves only natural, locally grown, and organic foods.

The menu evolves with the changing of the seasons and all food is served to order to reduce waste. All dining halls and retail dining locations at Ithaca College participate in sustainable practices such as no-tray dining, composting, and portion control.

Mom might not be here to tell you what to eat -- but we can help! Check out the sidebar for more information.

Happy eating green!



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