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By Guillaume Gentil and Mark Prowse The Farmer Rooster calls and bleating sheep fill the air at Ithaca’s ‘AgStravaganza’ Saturday, as dairy farmer Skip Hardie wanders the Commons. He’s got locally produced ice cream nestled in his gloved hands as he meets and greets some festival-goers and milk product consumers. “The crowd here in Ithaca is very liberal, open-minded, and they want organic foods and sustainable farming,” said Hardie, a long-time farmer and member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Hardie has been farming for the past 40 years and has seen significant change in the dairy industry. Many local farmers…

By Guillaume Gentil and Mark Prowse The bustling new cafe Ten Forward sits perched in a loft above the Autumn Leaves used bookstore in the Ithaca Commons. The space has been occupied by several cafe owners over the years — now the torch passes to a sci-fi fan whose passion to provide for the community is only rivaled by her love for everything space-related. The new owner Tammie Olsefski, an Ithaca native, is also the owner of a food truck that roams Ithaca called the Star Truck. With Ten Forward, she extends the theme of space in now two of…

ITHACA- By Avalon Singer and Madison Murnane After closing its doors permanently in October of 2016, the local franchise of the chain Wings Over will have a surprise reopening this week under new leadership in Collegetown. The new restaurant will be co-owned by four Cornell University graduates: Michael Wang ‘07 Raunak Nirmal ’14, Kevin Mok ‘14 and Dan Leyva ‘14. The four had fond memories of eating at the restaurant as students, and were disappointed when they saw it had closed on Facebook, Mok said. “We saw a Facebook post and we were disappointed for ten minutes and then we…

By: Sandra Aguirre and Angela Poffenbaugh Eric and Birgit Landowne have seen it all from radishes to basil to strawberries as local organic farmers. However, this was their first year coming to farm in Lodi, New York. After farming for 15 years in Pennsylvania they took over for Blue Heron Farm this year, one of the 200+ Community Supported Agriculture farms in Upstate New York. Co-owner Birgit Landowne says she was ready for a change of locations but was still looking for a way to serve organic vegetables to as many people as possible. “We were just ready for the…

By Guillaume Gentil and Mark Prowse Students gather together around two brick fire pits on the edge of the Ithaca College Natural Lands. Surrounded by sugar maple leaf trees they fan fires in preparation of a maple syrup boil; they are about to begin producing their most popular product. Spikes in spring temperatures over the past couple of years have been thorns in the sides of maple syrup producers. Ithaca sits on the very edge of this maple production boundary and students, as well as local producers, fret over their products as this wild weather threatens to turn it sour.…

Ashley Wolf and Lisbeth Perez Likes, shares and follows — social media has a lot of say in today’s day and age. Social media can be a useful promotional tool for restaurants. Most people check their social media at least a few times a day. If they see an enticing photograph or deal from a local restaurant, they may be intrigued enough to stop by. Social media trends constantly change. It is important for restaurants to stay up-to-date with those shifts in order to best promote their business, said Vicki Taylor Brous, social media manager and co-owner of Agava Restaurant,…

By: Madison Bess and Nick Fustor Audio: https://soundcloud.com/nick-fustor/food-truck-rolling-new-flavors-into-ithaca Whether it’s mixing nachos with tuna, or cream cheese with sushi, Woepa Zegid devotes his time to experimentation. Zegid worked in a restaurant for seven years, but since opening his food truck, That’s How I Roll in 2015, he has brought the world of sushi burritos, and his experimental nature in the kitchen, to Upstate New York. While the success of a food truck is typically associated with proximity to a large city, festivals and warm weather, Zegid said That’s How I Roll has seen a great deal of success since it was opened…

By Celisa Calacal and Max Denning Blue and orange chairs surround wooden conference tables. Several whiteboards are set up around the space. Many of the windows overlook the snowy streets of Ithaca below. All around the space, there are people on their laptops, some working alone and some working with one another. Common throughout this space is a spirit of collaboration and entrepreneurship. This is the environment at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, a co-working space that provides resources for startups and small businesses in the Ithaca community. In addition to a two-floor co-working space for businesses and entrepreneurs, Rev Ithaca…

By: Maddison Murnane and Avalon Singer ITHACA- Ithaca, New York is a city full of one way streets and busy intersections that could easily have a tourist finding themselves lost. However, one of the first places that they will stumble upon is a bright and inviting storefront lying on the corner of South Cayuga Street and West Green Street, one of the busiest intersections in the city. This store is called Sunny Days and was created to capture the essence of Ithaca and to help both visitors and locals find their way. Deirdre Kurzweil and her husband,…

On Saturday March 4, one of the coldest days this winter, Purity Ice Cream was buzzing with customers who wanted to get a scoop of some homemade frozen treats. Purity Ice Cream, also known as the “ice-cream of the Finger Lakes” was founded by Leo Guentert in 1936. It went from being a small shop on Ithaca’s First Street to a fun community space on the corner of Cascadilla and Meadow St., mostly thanks to Heather Lane. Heather and her husband, Bruce, bought Purity Ice Cream in 1998. “We used to come here after dates before we were married…and we…

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