Staff Picks

Staff Picks


When you shop around the co-op you’re likely to run into some of our Staff Picks. These are items that could be brand new to the store, features from our Monthly Sales, or simply something we think is underrated and worth talking about. We encourage you to try these for yourselves and find out why we love them some much! Here are a few highlights.

Jimmy’s Pick: Keuka Brewing Company Perstephanie

“Pairs nicely with Turkish apricots and listing to Light Song by Emma Ruth Rundle.”

"Perstephanie was named after the Greek goddess of spring, Persephone, and is KBC's spring seasonal brew. This is a German-style Kolsch beer that is brewed with local honey to add a gentle sweetness. It pours light golden in color while releasing aromas of German hops and a subdued fruitiness from the specialty yeast. This Honey Kolsch is the perfect beer to say goodbye to winter and to welcome a new season in the Finger Lakes. " - Keuka Brewing Company

Jessie’s Pick: Applegate Organic Turkey Hot Dog

“I don’t eat pork but these turkey dogs are a great alternative. Humanely raised, organic, high quality – my whole family loves Applegate!”

"You’ll give thanks all year round for these tasty turkey dogs." - Applegate

Kass’s Pick: Ithaca Beer Co. Ginger Beer

“Ithaca Ginger Beer is Super gooder!”

"Our ginger beer is highlighted by the mild and zesty spice of fresh hand-sliced ginger root and balanced by natural cane sugar.
Ithaca Ginger Beer can be enjoyed on its own or as part of a classic cocktail such as a “Moscow Mule.”
" - Ithaca Beer Co.

Janice’s Pick: Tiera Farms Organic Coca Dusted Almonds

“Our Organic Dark Cocoa Dusted Almonds are fantastic!!! I bring them to the drive-in theater for a healthier snack food. They are so fresh and crunchy with perfect amount of sweet.”

"In a world where everyone is locked into a screen in front of their face, we have the product that’s turning heads. Organic Dark Cocoa Dusted Almonds are a rare treat which everyone can agree on and nobody turns down. Dry roasted almonds coated in delicious, fair-trade dark chocolate, and gently dusted by our expert chocolatiers, these are literally the best-tasting snack on the planet. They are so tasty and delicious, they will quickly disappear. A little cocoa dust left on your fingers will be the only trace that you ever had them—and that’s ok because you can lick that off too!." - Tiera Farms

Lore’s Pick: Equal Exchange Organic Peruvian Ray of Light

“Ray of light is an organic, fair trade, women made, light roast coffee that tastes great!”

"Our Organic Ray of Light seasonal coffee helps us spotlight the trailblazing work that Norandino Co-op in Peru is doing around gender equity. This co-op has been prioritizing gender equity, including it as a part of their strategic plan as a business, which has resulted in a process to engage the staff and take action.

It has been a convergence of ideas and energy. The co-op spent time assessing itself and its own practices, and identified the need to act on wage disparity between men and women staff. To tackle this issue, they referenced a framework that Peru has, called the Equal Pay Act. This provides a methodology to use to make adjustments within a complex staff roster that has a range of jobs, from sales and accounting to agronomists and staff in production.

The co-op has also worked with a gender equity specialist, Leslie Rosales. Leslie works on behalf of Equal Exchange through the USAID Cooperative Development Program to provide training and support. Through online exchanges and hands-on consultation, she and the team have played a supportive role to help foster change.

Leaders in this effort are proud of the process and the results. In addition to the tangible changes made in their own organization, Norandino is an influential co-op in the region, and participants hope that their work and willingness to talk about this work will have a multiplier effect that will inspire others.

Credit for these changes goes to Norandino. Equal Exchange is proud to have played a support role. In addition to our direct work with co-ops through purchasing their crops through fair trade terms, we also manage a USAID grant. This allows us to help channel resources and expertise to some of the farming communities we buy from, like Norandino, so that change is amplified. This means that what we call "non-commercial activities" and grants can fund specific projects that are separate from, but complementary to, the benefits that our trade practices provide through our purchasing." - Equal Exchange

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