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…………………Page 8 ASK THE ENERGY EXPERT…………………………………Page 9 MONEY MATTERS…………………………………………Page 10 NIKITA INDOOR/OUTDOOR Rethinking Furniture………………………………………Page 12 ECO-LIST……………………………………………………Page 15 ADIRONDACK AMBIANCE Fruits of and Old Farm……………………………………Page 18 BIBLICAL COMMUNITY Creates Alternative to Consumer Society…………………Page 20 ZOLA KIDS Green for the Next Generation……………………………Page 24 HONEST WEIGHT FOOD CO-OP A Treasure Trove of Locally Made Cheeses………………Page 28 4 ecolocalliving.and kill ourselves. In being eco-local! Nikita Home Furnishings of Saratoga Springs is a New York manufacturer of high quality. want and desire. These are the stories of the new paradigm of local living. the Rohe family has found their peace with the earth – Ann paints the local landscape and Al makes furniture from the local woods.some of the blame be pointed inward. And it is simple to do. what BP sells.a way of life has been uprooted for at least a generation. to our summer vacation enjoyment is reliant. An entire ecosystem is being destroyed. And there will be another accident. from driving our cars. Inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds them. in being local. Our cover story features Nikita Home Furnishings. But BP did not intentionally blow up the oil well – it was a tragic accident.……. If each of us uses less energy. instant access and 24/7 information. Nikita has proven that innovative USA made furniture can compete with imports. those that choose the simple path seem to have a smile on their face more often. and furniture manufacturing has all but disappeared. Despite this tragedy in the Gulf.like Big Finance. and. is culpable for the subsequent pollution and eco-system damage. preferring a downtown location to the typical suburban locale that is the destination for furniture stores today. These people have eschewed the consumer culture of modern America and have instead chosen to live simply and to love each other.BP would not be drilling for oil out in the Gulf of Mexico if nobody wanted their product. It’s a matter of making new choices. And while it may seem a bit odd to live simply in a world of wireless mobility. any wood residue leftover is used as fuel for the stove that heats the woodshop in the winter.and clean soil for our very survival. But now. Up in the southern Adirondack town of Thurman.and how the things you buy and consume use energy.and is now leaking. And everything we do. Manufacturing in New York is becoming a rarity. and choose to live a different lifestyle – a less energy dependent lifestyle. This maximizing the use of their raw material Nikita likes to refer to as “hyper-efficient.clean air.a huge mess! And this mess affects us all.”being fully supported in any position.build bigger tankers. Unfortunately. while not for everybody.everybody is pointing fingers. creating local jobs with environmental accountability. Also in this issue. It’s a matter of creating new values.we will continue to soil our nest. Nikita chose Broadway in Saratoga Springs.in our choices.When looking for a new location to set up shop. at ourselves? After all. Obviously going against the grain. it provides a living for them. original designs that integrate local resources and labor. we are proud to honor them as the eco-localizer for the Summer 2010! INSIDE THIS ISSUE NEWS and VIEWS……………………………………………Page 6 THE WELLNESS DOC………………. Shouldn’t then. to eating our food. need and desire. The first step is to become aware of how you use energy. And we will start the blame game all over again. or compel our governments to engage in warfare.pollute our planet.as the operator of the oil well that exploded.and need. The change that needs to be made begins with each of us.Until we change our behavior as a society.An accident that came from their desire to produce a product that we all want and need – gasoline. they are so much more than futons). But the fact of the matter is.but they are living right.habits and actions. comfort furniture for the places we like to spend time in – the deck and den. we take a look at the unique lifestyle of the Twelve Tribes Community in Cambridge.David DeLozier. with Nikita.it is for all of us.Big Oil is too big to fail.we all want. Well. Some of the options are right here in this Summer edition of eco-LOCAL Living. Because all of humanity is reliant upon clean oceans. They are living the lowenergy lifestyle. They are not living large. Nikita Grigoriev has found a way to not only manufacture furniture. I even saw a car pass me on the highway with a hand painted sign on their rear window that stated “BP SUCKS!” Certainly. All of humanity. and sell the oil products that we all want. and somehow. A reduced energy lifestyle is not just for those environmental wackos. Defying the odds. produce.we now have the consequences of its failure…. It’s a lower energy. Maybe they’ve found something in being quiet.” In fact.On the Cover Summer 2010 The big news of the Summer of 2010 is no doubt the continuing tragedy of the oil gusher at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. the Rohes create artful objects that other people enjoy. It’s easy to play the blame game – BP was negligent.BP. the blame lies within all of us. but do it in a way that utilizes regional woods using end cuts with virtually no waste. BP and the other oil companies won’t stop trying to find. dependent on the product that BP produces and sells – gasoline! It is our insatiable demand for gasoline and other oil derived products that drives companies like BP to search the world over to find the oil that we all need. their example points to a way to escape the insanity of the modern world. and the sawdust goes to a local farm for animal bedding. And. Their “hyper-efficient” manufacturing process utilizes every bit of wood to make their unique sofas (don’t use the F-word. you get better quality and the innovative design that allows you to “just lean back.and BP and the other oil companies will be less likely to drill in deep oceans. Utilizing practically all the wood into their unique designs allows Nikita to price their products competitively with the imports that are now ubiquitous in the furniture industry. Publisher . We can choose to buy locally. (no pun intended) Nikita Home Furnishings has always been about producing quality. lower density way of being. the Federal Government was slow to act…. reducing transportation miles. Because of their commitment to localism and environmental responsibility. Their location on Broadway is a welcome complement to the already eclectic offerings downtown.com .then collectively the demand for oil will drop.
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a possibility that there is more to the story.that’s curious! I am so curious about that! You can’t NOT relax when you say that! To start with “I wonder.. Knowing.com. This was the spotlight of an article in the March -April 2010 issue of Fairs & Expos. Curiosity .another great feeling. easy. a bi-monthly magazine published by the International Association of Fairs and Expos. All employees and volunteers are regularly trained in the storage and use of the biodiesel. cost to be $1.com .. Saratoga Springs. Just say it . gentle.News and Views Washington County Fair Touted by IAFE for Being Way Ahead in Recycling Efforts The International Association of Fairs and Expos praises local fair’s biodiesel production What do you do with a 1. change your day. anger or frustration.. Mark St. glycerin results as a byproduct and that Washington County Fair uses this in composting. The fair’s waste product and convert it into operating procedure for safety usable fuel was a response to the compliance has been reviewed by a The article. For more information on The Washington County Fair call 518-692-2464 or visit www.30 a gallon to produce more than 20 volunteers from the Greenwich Citizens Committee..washingtoncountyfair.. Compare that to the current prices for fuel oil and diesel and you have substantial savings.. This is the same product that can be used to make soap. The fair will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at its current location in Easton.” can change your mood. The article even states that during the conversion process. Data Sheets are up to date and local said that the decision to take this fire codes are followed. The taken to reduce and reuse waste Washington County Fair to build and fair manager has also calculated the products. Inc. This tent was staffed by operate its biodiesel processor unit..500 and that fair to let fair guests know the steps features the steps taken by it processes 40-gallon batches. their biodiesel. aptly named ECO SPOT. The display will be back this year. instead of always knowing. Just to be with what is for the moment we are in it. Biodiesel: From Waste to Fuel companies and the high cost of describes the Biodiesel Production diesel. increase in fees from the rendering New York State certified inspector.. No. aahh… the ducks are crossing. Stopping to wonder gives us time for a break . Fairgoers were encouraged to take the “How Green Are We?” selfassessment quiz. Jacques...a breath . 2010.. I wonder if I’ll like that I wonder what happened I wonder what he means I wonder why she’s mad I wonder why he’s distracted I wonder what she meant I wonder if he’s tired I wonder where she’s going (so fast!) I wonder where this road will take me I wonder if he saw me I wonder if she’s hurt I wonder how that works I wonder when we’ll get there I wonder who will be there I wonder what I’ll find I wonder who is calling There is something about the word wonder that is magical. Calming. Fairgoers can enjoy free entertainment and support the county’s agricultural heritage by visiting the many farm families that exhibit at the fair each year. NY.. St. I wonder why he is still stopped now that the light is green I wonder if he is distracted I wonder if the driver is OK I wonder if he is having car trouble I wonder if….. Just curiosity. No-ing.000 gallons of used cooking oil? If you are the Washington County Fair you convert it into biodiesel and use it for heating and operating equipment. Why Wonder? By Kathleen Quartararo I wonder if we could let the little ones remind us of how great it feels to wonder again. No attack. Or something unexpected and exiting ahead. exactly as it is in front of us and wonder about it.... Jacques says that the cost Last year a display was created at the Cycle in detail and exclusively to build the unit was $2. Material Safety The fair’s manager. change your life. no-ing as we often do. No anger in the assessment of the situation. 86 Henry St. Kathleen Quartararo is the owner of Virgil’s House. hahahahaha I wonder gives us the chance to take a minute or two to appreciate whatever if is were are surrounded by when we get stopped in our very fast tracks. Pondering without judgment. The Washington County Fair runs August 23 thru August 29. 6 ecolocalliving. accepting.
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D.you can not move through a full range of motion and blood flow is affected. Important: Osteoarthritis is caused by joint misalignment and problems with movement.com gives the following definition . posture ... The longer a joint works improperly the greater the incidence of breakdown/arthritis.) • Bone Density (poor posture accelerates damage to bones and increases & accelerates development of osteoporosis) • Even Life expectancy (Hyperkyphotic Posture Predicts Mortality in Older Community-Dwelling Men and Women: A Prospective Study. A misaligned joint will not work properly.The Wellness Doc By Dermot Connole Jinks.arthritis is not a normal occurrence with age.. isn't from poor posture = poor nerve information to the most important 'machine' God gave us our brain. GOOD POSTURE • muscles ability to contract and RELAX (ever So as we come into the warmer months and think poor posture caused those tight muscles in wear fewer clothes. the relative disposition of the parts of something. yet miss the importance of nerves found in joints .C. M. confident and proud . bones and As a chiropractor these are fundamental tools nerves in children -which is why Mom was so used to identify the cause of problems in the concerned about the way you sat and stood. bone spurs and restriction of joint motion. But the concept . and the number is growing. body? • Cardiovascular (Rene Cailliet. Follow California.poor movement in a joint alignment/posture and our health. After all. can add up to thirty (30) pounds of abnormal leverage on the spine.com .. mid back or lower back?… your family's posture. Only after this occurs can it develop . • proper development of muscles.the more problems that joint will have. joints are hips/pelvis centered and level. Correct body 90% of nerve and brain activity is spent on posture is having head. • Other systems of the body that are It never ceases to amaze me how concerned influenced by posture include: we can be with the proper alignment our car and • Balance and coordination are influenced by teeth. shoulders. the Director of the Department of Physical Medicine For more information on good health visit our and Rehabilitation. (how the blood gets back to the heart) depends Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The amount of misalignment correlates with the onset & amount of arthritis/joint breakdown.if you have poor 52(10):1662-1667. 2. OTHER BENEFITS OF GOOD POSTURE. chest. which can lead to heart and blood vascular disease. reduce lung capacity by as much as 30%. body and then fix them. However. From the side the constantly 'feeding' the brain neurologic head should be over the shoulders and the information to help in this effort) pelvis/hips should not be forward of the knees. Over time. A good posture will make think about it) you look tall. the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole. But why is this so important especially.good posture is common sense for anyone over the age of 18.attractive • healthy nerve function (did you know that characteristics for both sexes. in children. Healthy posture promotes: • Healthy blood flow . University of Southern website www. D.venous return of blood 8 ecolocalliving. October 2004. But what is posture? Dictionary. Good Posture = Good Health Remember Mom saying “Sit up straight”? It's so commonly used it must be part of 'Basic Mom Manual 101'. on the body movement . Common signs of osteoarthritis are thinning of the cushions in a joint (cartilage).pos·ture: [pos-cher] -noun 1. this will lead to breakdown of the joint.aacfamilywellness. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis with over 20 millions Americans being affected. This process of breakdown results in arthritis or osteoarthritis. The more out of alignment a joint is . concluded that forward head posture AAC on Twitter and Facebook. So posture is how different parts of the body relate to one another resulting in good posture or bad posture.com. adapting to your environment. He determined a relationship between forward head posture and the digestive system as well as endorphin production affecting pain and the experience of pain. pay attention to your and the shoulder/neck. once the joint is misaligned THEN time becomes a factor. Be Well! GOOD POSTURE PREVENTS ARTHRITIS Good posture allows proper mechanics of the joints of the body.
consider a cold climate heat pump. mentioned in the previous column are better choices. You can also open the basement door and windows to utilize that cool source of refreshment and ceiling fans blowing down on you can bring about the wind chill effect as well. A 20 watt CFL will produce the same amount of light as a 75 watt incandescent. Patrick Maloney is the owner of Aquila Design. Though not thought of very often in that term. air conditioners are not a necessity. Buy a Chillow Pillow for those hot summer nights. With incandescent bulbs. at least I hope so. let's move on. with efficiency in mind of course. where as a 2. so There are many inexpensive products on the market to help keep you cool without expending huge amounts of energy. This reflects the sun and helps keep it cooler behind the window. get rid of your inefficient appliances and replace them with new ones that have the ENERGY STAR label. This works best when nature provides us with a breeze.5 ton central a/c system uses 3500 watts. Back up refrigerators are notoriously inefficient and dump a lot of heat into your home. Other ways to stay cool and save energy are to replace your old fashioned. This will pull the cool air towards the warm areas of the home. but enough said on that. If they are not feasible for your circumstances there are solar screens and thermal shades on the market. In this column we'll focus on ways to stay cool. It's a water filled pillow that keeps your head cool.com 9 . You can produce a chimney effect by opening windows on the cool (north) side of our home and putting exhaust fans in the south facing windows preferably on a higher floor level. With this in mind. If that breeze isn't happening then you can create your own. Overhangs. awnings. and landscaping as ecolocalliving. As usual I'll emphasize that air sealing and insulation are the top priority. A typical fan on high uses about 100 watts of electricity. By using a fan you are creating a wind chill effect. A great product is the Advanced Energy Panel made by WindoTherm and manufactured right here in Albany! It carries the ENERGY STAR label and will save you lots of money in the winter too. The technology has advanced greatly and they are becoming common in our colder climates. Important to remember is that fans cool people. Most new windows today come with Low-E glass. You can reach Patrick by emailing him at pjm@dishmail. Ceiling fans use between 15 and 95 watts. with proper planning and mindfulness. We all know about opening windows on opposite sides of the house to create cross ventilation. cooling season is upon us.net. If you must have air conditioning. We talked last time about various ways to use landscaping to increase energy reduction. so turn them off when leaving an area.Ask the Energy Expert By Patrick Maloney l Aquila Design Stay Cool and Increase Energy Reduction Well. A window air conditioner uses between 500 and 1400 watts. Here in the north east. The problem with this is it also keeps it cooler in the winter months when we want the sun's heat. As always with these decisions do your research and consult with the experts. only 10% of the electricity used is converted to light and the rest is converted to heat. In winter months the term “wind chill” sends unpleasant shivers down our backs. incandescent light bulbs with CFL's. not air. it is a sought after experience in the hot days of summer.
“floating on a sea of oil”. local food businesses. the USDA estimates that no-till farming can save about 3. a national professional organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the socially conscious investing community. tangible step we can take to help nurture a sustainable and restorative economy centered on place and on connection to our communities as we continue the transition from fast oil to Slow Money. funds. we are eating fossil fuels. At the Slow Money Gathering. Spending two days with a diverse and passionate group committed to a building a sustainable model for reconnecting investors with their communities and supporting small. and themselves on grass and distribute their manure refrigerate it until it's cooked. According to one study. fund. we can try to avoid purchasing processed foods and choose products with minimal packaging due to the major energy use involved in production.. workers' rights.9 gallons of diesel fuel per acre of land by decreasing the use of diesel-powered heavy equipment. or companies should not be considered an offer or a recommendation to buy or sell the security. Given the distance traveled by much of the produce filling the bins at our local supermarkets. A 24-year veteran of the financial services profession. In such an idyllic setting. member FINRA SIPC. In addition. pasture-based livestock farms take ship animal feed. While the magnitude of the environmental. soil and water quality. While the most obvious way that small. Grant is not affiliated with Cornerstone or First Affirmative.Money Matters By Harry Moran. As this movement continues to gather momentum. individual investors will likely have an increasingly broad array of vehicles available to help accomplish this. it's hard to imagine that approximately ninety percent of all the fresh vegetables consumed in the United States are grown in California's San Joaquin Valley. farmers and presenting a real opportunity to make local communities. sustainable farms help reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuels is by selling their products locally. Moran can be reached directly at Cornerstone Financial Advisors at 518-877-8800.5 gallons of fossil fuels per acre. animal energy intensive lifestyle now. in noted food industry commentator Joan Gussow's words. Producing and distributing nitrogen-based fertilizers require an average of 5. Large quantities of energy are required to cultivate. The catastrophe in the Gulf is another unsubtle reminder that our current agricultural system. Our factory farms hard to grasp and deeply troubling. we can support this community now though by buying as much locally grown and produced food as possible. As consumers. they need only rain and social and financial damage from the oil spill is sun to make the system work. we also need to consider the impact of the use of oil and oil equivalents in the manufacturing of inorganic fertilizers. more efficient and practical vehicles are needed to facilitate investment in local food concerns. we were treated to inspiring presentations by 25 passionate and creative small food entrepreneurs in our region who have vital. house. is clearly not sustainable. To support this emerging sustainable agriculture community. please consult with your investment adviser. Recognizing the cruel irony that this oil spill is occurring in what is already a dead zone due to agricultural run-off carried down the Mississippi River. To determine the suitability of any particular investment. Inc. growing businesses but need more capital to achieve the level of scale needed to be competitive and prosperous over the long haul (some of these were captured on video and can be viewed at ecolocalliving. as a and productivity but at a great cost to the nation. Approximately forty percent of energy used in the food system is used in the production of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. and Small. fertilizing the pasture as they go. In a very real sense. Mr. the tragic events in the Gulf were however very much on our minds. since meat is the least fuel-efficient food we have. themselves. harvest. Remember.. Mr. past performance is no guarantee of future results and no investment strategy can assure success. we need to make major changes in our environment. heightened our awareness and gave increased urgency to our discussions. For example. Mention of specific securities. or company. The USDA estimates that increasing the efficiency of all our farmland's irrigation systems by just ten percent would create annual savings of eighty million gallons of diesel gasoline spent on pumping and applying the water.The opinions expressed are those of the author and may change without notice. Harry Moran is a registered representative offering securities through Cadaret. While the implications of the tremendous amount of fuel associated with long distance shipping may be fairly obvious. VT. He is a network member of First Affirmative Financial Network. which is predicated on cheap oil to allow the shipping of vegetables and meats thousands of miles. 10 ecolocalliving. operation of farm machinery and irrigation. Moran has held the Certified Financial Planner® designation since 1991. Visit one of our great farmer's markets. food safety. it might've been easy to forget about the ongoing devastation in the Gulf. Grant & Co. process and package their meat. Eliminating or reducing our meat consumption also offers great energy savings. Rather than fossil fuels.com .com). this crisis have achieved remarkable levels of efficiency may serve as an effective wake up call that. join a CSA or grow your own. sustainable farming practices also have the potential to reduce fossil fuel dependence by avoiding wasteful production practices. The average American foodstuff travels approximately 1500 miles before it reaches our tables. Exercising proper soil conservation techniques can also help reduce fossil fuel usage. our system of industrial agriculture really is. meaningful progress and supporting local food businesses is one relatively easy. Cadaret. This situation is welfare. transport and slaughter advantage of natural cycles: the animals feed animals. resulting from the BP oil spill. Living here in the fertile Hudson Valley. a total of 400 gallons of oil equivalents are needed annually to feed each American under the current industrial agriculture and factory farming model. Harry Moran helps socially conscious investors define and achieve their highest goals by aligning their money with their values. CFP® AIF® Slow Money & Fast Oil The second annual Slow Money National Gathering took place on June 10th and 11th at Shelburne Farms on the spectacular shore of Lake Champlain just south of Burlington.
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which had been sold to Winston Corporation. Once the former Shaffield Industries was liquidated. A former aeronautical engineer and an airline pilot. The patent was granted in 1985 and it established a new product category in the US patent office. He went to work redesigning his product to be one made with the utmost efficiency and reliability. Two years later. this is not your old college futon. Products range from indoor sofas. was liquidated three years later. you need go no further than Nikita Furniture. and renamed the company to Nikita INDOOR OUTDOOR. chairs. quality. At its peak he was building and distributing to over 100 futon suppliers. But the market changed.com .Nikita INDOOR OUTDOOR Convertible Furniture through Efficiency & Sustainability By Amy L. Stock l Contributing Writer Photos by stockstudiosphotography. The chairs and sofas convert into horizontal foot rests or beds. Nikita himself designed the first patented futon convertible sofa bed in 1982. just south of the City Center. conveniently located on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. In 2003 Nikita developed a new outdoor line of unique self-adjusting convertible loungers and deck furnishings. Shaffield Industries. and versatility sets this “super futon” product line above the others. This uniquely-designed convertible furniture has a simple high-quality contemporary look. If you're looking for a more “green” alternative for your indoor or outdoor furniture. using sturdy weather-resistant fabric. Nikita quit the airline industry and began making his earlier-designed futons through Convertible Furnishings in 1983. using local wood products. Nikita. "What really killed us was China." In 1988 Shaffield Industries Inc. NY and assembled a crew of three production workers and one sales representative. When China got into it we got out of it. Overextended and out-competed by the Chinese. who was contractually barred from designing convertibles on his own when he sold the license to Shaffield.com Rethinking Furniture However.com 12 ecolocalliving. end tables to outdoor furniture. Nikita INDOOR OUTDOOR Convertible Furniture offers what founder Nikita Grigoriev calls “the super futon” . All are hand-made in their manufacturing facility in Richfield Springs. Nikita purchased an old building in Richfield Springs. acquired the license for the then called Simple Design futon. Shaffield grew to become the world's largest futon manufacturer and distributor. NY. was freed up to create once again. stockstudiosphotography. The combination of a simple efficient design. He eventually sold his product license and closed his wholesale accounts.
“The final shape is determined by the essence of what it is and what it does.” Their prices are competitive with other locally-owned furniture stores. We're hoping as people hear about us they will tell their friends. “This is a completely benign. Says Nikita. simple and versatile. renewable. “We sell and stockstudiosphotography. NY 12866 (518) 796-1887 Futons in Oneonta. “Some call it Danish-modern. Being so small we can offer an enormous variety.“Our design is just pure common sense… There are no unnecessary points in the frame. and white oak. hand-rubbed made from linseed oil. most are environmentally-friendly. uncluttered look to it. and so the whole operation is extremely efficient.” The sleek. Nikita says most of his clients are walk-ins. buying furniture from Nikita helps support a local Saratoga business and provides jobs for people in our region. It's very personal and very interactive. Nikita approaches furniture manufacturing with total efficiency in mind. NY 7 Elm Street Oneonta. We get a lot of foot traffic from people at the Convention Center. woods. that's their advantage over China. As for future plans. non-toxic product. Everything is used where you have no waste of motions or movements. Nikita . finishes.” “Everything is made to order. Everything is accounted for. “There are no unnecessary parts or materials. NY 508 Broadway Saratoga Springs. meaning a single chair may fold down and be used in combination with a folded-down love seat to create a larger sleeping bed. says he's looking to open more stores and hoping to draw more business once he goes through his first full summer tourist season here in Saratoga.” His furniture is made to order in his manufacturing facility at Richfield Springs. This style embodies his mantra and vision to “Let the look follow the essence of a product. “This is not just a product. To him. There is no double-handling.” According to Nikita their focus is on the economic bottom line and impact on the environment. NY 13820 (607) 267-4623 ecolocalliving. The wood becomes more stable and enriched.com or stop in at one of their two show rooms: Futons in Saratoga Springs. He offers many different wood finishes. classical guitar player by night. “but this is how we have always been. but instead of supporting a worker in another state. We make it here and we don't have to ship it.com 13 . You have to make it (your product) with no waste of resources. “The key to trying to compete with China is efficiency. With limited space. while maintaining stability.” says Nikita.” Customers can select the size.” To find out more.” This is definitely a product to be seen and experienced! Opened since September 2009. Our furniture is the essence of efficiency. This is a reflection of who we are.” Says Nikita. visit www.” He uses only wood grown in the region predominantly ash. his manufacturing site and operation is highly efficient. “This is not a building where wood is piled up and you don't know where anything is. energy or time.” Their cushions come from a mattress manufacturer in Connecticut. simple “Transitional Style” furniture has a clean.com ship to people all over the country. The cushion covers are hand-sown by a local seamstress.a furniture maker by day.” The use of four-bar linkage triangle supports makes the frame extremely stable and sturdy.” According to Nikita. We have so many combinations of fabrics.” He adds. What he calls a “hyper-efficiency design. The remaining wood chips and saw dust are delivered to local farmers who use it for animal bedding. one of the oldest in the country. According to Nikita. There is no waste of movement and no waste of space. it's the look of simple efficiency. Most of the parts are standardized. no-waste approach. cherry. “This amounts to nearly 100% efficiency in wood resource utilization. including hours of operation. and fabric they desire. We got this far because of our sustainable. “The super-futon is a whole new way of thinking about furniture.” Any extra wood left over from production is burned in a high-efficiency stove which heats the building. a natural product. “Our business grows by word of mouth.” According to Nikita. wood. and after is composted and returned to the soil. Nikita designed a unique reclining mechanism that changes the angle of the seat of the back.justleanback.
Loosely cover and let rise (45 to 60 minutes). reduce heat to low. Slowly add four cups of flour. seam-side down. Let stand until creamy. Continue to bake for another 10 minutes. then one tablespoon of salt. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (1-1 1/2 hrs).. warm water and sugar. 5-10 minutes. Roll or pat dough into a rectangle 9” wide and 18” long. Bake for 45 minutes. vegetable oil and yeast mixture. Knead dough until smooth and elastic.. 14 ecolocalliving. Heat olive oil over medium heat. smashed and minced 1 T melted butter golden (20-30 minutes). Add fresh herbs. In a bowl mix milk. Punch dough down and turn out on a lightly floured board. Place roll in bread pan.Courtesy of Diane from Harmony House Marketplace Ingredients: 1 T active dry yeast 1/4 cup lukewarm water 1 T sugar 1 1/2 cups warm milk 1/4 cup vegetable oil 5 cups unbleached flour 1 T kosher salt In a small bowl. Oil a 10x5 bread pan. adding flour as needed. Cover tightly. Serve warm or at room temperature. Tightly roll dough up. Spread cooled onion/garlic mixture eveningly over surface of the dough. mix together yeast. Transfer dough to large oiled bowl. stirring often until onions are Filling: 1/4 cup olive oil 1 t rosemary 1 t oregano 1 jumbo sweet yellow onion 6 plump garlic gloves.com . Add onions and garlic. While dough is rising. Then gently remove bread from pan and place directly on oven rack. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
invite your friends over for pot luck dinner. it will be more economical and 100% local. Now that summer is here. Calling cards are weekend they do it for you. take 15 minutes of your day when you are available to really talk to people and call them personally or e-mail them. childhood obesity isn’t only caused by eating the wrong foods it’s caused by a lack of exercise. ecolocalliving. all kinds of channels but not really anything worth viewing. why let the heat or cold escape. require anything else. sold in most drug stores and supermarkets. They can range from $10-$20 dollars depending how many minutes they have on them. There really is nothing better than fresh produce that’s 100% local.com 15 . so few cars Get rid of your cable television. use regular unleaded as it is always cheaper. Reduce texting. Don’t cancel credit cards you don’t use. and most instances you don’t need to. If where you are going is within walking distance. Garage Sales. not to mention all the money you will save by buying second hand. Every time you apply for a new credit card there is an inquiry on your credit report. buy a new used car. Don’t buy new appliances unless you have to. Caulking and sealing and weather stripping are inexpensive ways to reduce energy bills and usage.Eco-list By Nancy Muldoon Ways to Buy Local and Save Money Instead of buying a new car. Stick to the list. Consignment Shops and Thrift Stores are such a wonderful way to keep your money local. it isn’t really necessary and it’s a waste of money. Take turns babysitting kids. This saves money on gas and encourages healthy attitudes and well being. Buy groceries in bulk and try to shop only once or twice a month. and foreign films. you don’t want too many inquiries. the next no bill later on to worry about. Is that expensive ‘energy efficient’ air conditioner really that economical in upstate New York when you really only use it a few weeks out of the year? You can check craigslist and ebay for great bargains on appliances and other household items. rather use them as tools to negotiate zero interest for purchases and balance transfers. take advantage of Farmer’s Markets and road side fruit and vegetable stands. walk and encourage your children to walk too. This cuts down on gas costs and be sure to make a list of everything you need. Saratoga County has many great and high quality garage sales and consignment shops. ALL FREE!! Nancy Muldoon is a freelance writer living in Saratoga Springs. Lose your long distance phone company and get a calling card. Shop around for gas prices. Rent a movie instead. Rent movies from the public library. Car pool. they have a wonderful selection of features. rotate houses. documentaries. New York. Make sure windows and doors are sealed. You pay for the card up front so there is one weekend you babysit for a friend.
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they moved into this house. Over decades the property has been home to many families and even has been a vacation destination for tourists who arrived by train at Thurman Station just across the road. Amber's passion for gardens was ignited. but most of the land has remained otherwise undeveloped. perennials and shrubs. and in spring scouring the land with violent eruptions of ice and water when ice jams burst free. where Anne was a substitute teacher and an aide for students with special needs.com . flood waters and ice from the Hudson destroyed most of their tree and shrub stock. and opened Thurman Station Nursery. but mostly I was doing other things. and her favorite reading from about age nine on was Organic Gardening. childrearing and family business concerns relegated her interest in art to the back burner. She attended Warrensburg Central School. The river is a fickle friend. Amber. Anne originally had been an art major at SUNY New Paltz. did most of her growing up here. moving into a small log cabin on this southern Adirondack land. and out behind the old house a bounteous garden supplied them with food. but soon found the skill level of her classmates intimidating and opted for a degree in elementary education instead. which her mother had acquired. but their youngest. which she grabbed from the mailbox and whisked up to her room to devour. Griffing had traveled by wagon from Dutchess County to the newly-formed town of Thurman a couple of years earlier. Their two older children had gone off to college by that time. Griffing built his home and began to farm. One spring.” denoting the time it was built by Stephen Griffing. and she and Al closed the nursery.Adirondack Ambiance Fruits of an Old Farm By Persis Granger l Contributing Writer Photos also by Persis Granger The old house that is home to Al and Anne Rohe's Adirondack Ambiance bears the marker “Circa 1804. Amber 18 ecolocalliving. extending across the road to the river.” Anne says. in summer supplying badly-needed water for crops and livestock. where periodic flooding had perhaps deposited just a little extra silt on the desperately thin layer of topsoil typical of the Adirondacks. His son Nathaniel inherited the property in the 1840s and made major changes to the house. a commissioned officer in the colonial army. Jobs. or something. Al operated landscaping and sign-painting businesses. When the Rohes returned to Thurman in 1988 after a few years' stay out of state. selling annuals. “Sometimes I'd make a card for someone's birthday. Flowers bloomed in the dooryard. Here.
Her older sister Emma is shop closer.m. all tied together by the land and its gifts. Al urged Anne to dust off her palette and brushes and revisit her interest in painting. caught the gardening bug from his Aunt Amber and is equally drawn to work on his grandpa's projects. . For more information. ecolocalliving. A pasture full of tail-switching horses is fenced in by frame of barn boards trimmed with barbed wire.5 p. Adirondack Ambiance seems to be the right niche for the generations of the Rohe family. Adirondack Ambiance welcomes guests Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. He milled wood from the property for the structure. I love painting children the best. chairs. to be absorbed by the gardens. While Al and Anne were launching this new venture. what new projects would occupy their future? And what role could be played in that future by the old farmhouse with all its charm? The land held the answer. In his hands. 518623-3813 or 623-3600. old barns and houses and picturesque lakes and mountains vie for attention in her growing collection. It provides an outlet for the best of their skills and talents. Twigs. and both Al and Anne fill custom orders. birch bark and almondshaped slices of branches all figure heavily into Al's frames. Images of kids playing in leaves.” Michael. With a fine arts degree now under her belt. the author of two novels and organizer of Fiction Among Friends events for writers. With the new home completed and the family raised. and then a smaller. His carpentry skills and intuitive sense of style and proportion enabled him to select and combine slabs. 10 a. but stays in an apartment in the old house when weather and health permit. A pileated woodpecker drumming on a tree feels right at home in a frame dressed in bark that was pierced by another woodpecker's bill. a budding entrepreneur. unleashes her creative and artistic senses in all her efforts. because their body language is so interesting. is shop opener. she went in quest of a master's degree in landscape architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. and as Al's creations were placed in the near-empty rooms. selecting pictures of her children and grandchildren. it became apparent that something else was needed. and is a reflection of their passions. an interest he had long wanted to act upon. lives with them most of the time. her dad shoulders some of her responsibilities in their garden until she's able to rejoin them. branches and roots in intricate designs that rival the finest furniture in the Adirondack great camps. a teen. One of Al's customers needed a log railing for a porch. more energy efficient home on the hill behind the old Griffing homestead. Each summer waves of grandchildren splash onto its shores. as well. “I can't wait to see how that turns out. Anne's mother. the household chores and the shop called “Adirondack Ambiance. Young Leah. On impulse she sent a photo of her daughter's flock and asked for a new painting with those particular sheep painted into the scene in place of the original critters. as well. because her daughter also had sheep. Al put his skills to work creating unique frames for them. and carved owls that practically fly out of the shop. Whimsical pieces were added to the furniture like the giant fish with birch bark scales. and Al built first a saw mill. Thurman. now 95.. at 792 NYS Route 418.com 19 .” Anne says.” she says. Al decided to make rustic furniture. Adirondack scenery plays a close second. Persis Granger is a freelance writer from Thurman. balancing on a rail of the nearby railroad tracks or playing beside a pond took life in her work. She is conflicted about where she will use her newfound skills. Anne retired from teaching. Amber was breaking new ground. She retains her passion for horticulture. and another asked for a specially designed headboard.m.headed off to college. taking in the sign and securing the building at the end of the day. “I feel so at peace when I am painting. making sure the “Open” sign is hung properly before she sets about dusting the furniture. and the Hudson and Schroon Rivers. and hauled native stone for the fireplace. like both parents. She pulled out her extensive collection of family photographs. a program she will complete next year.” A fourth generation has come to celebrate the gifts of the land at the old Griffing homestead. Will she seek out creative ventures in some elaborate urban project that emphasizes plantbased design? Or will she return to the mountains. and. In 2006 the old house became a rustic furniture shop called Adirondack Ambiance. “She's doing something in the garden with sunflowers this year. and began capturing the scenes on canvas. An art customer wanted to buy for her daughter a painting of sheep that Anne had done. tables and bookcases grew to life from a drying shed full of findings from trees on the property. lakes and rivers of her beloved Adirondacks and try to define and implement a landscaping statement she refers to as “Adirondack Vernacular” .a kind of design that complements the character of our regional terrain and reflects Adirondack history and values using native species? When Amber's budding career takes her away from home (she'll be redesigning a park in the Catskills this summer).
Twelve Tribes members see many advantages to working within their faith community. a home school. Randy enumerated a few." asserts Randy.com desired for people to establish on earth. Others work at the Common Ground Café on Main Street. no one goes off to "secular" jobs. Tennessee in the early 1970s. and then delved into New Age teachings on his own. joined the Twelve Tribes as a single dad of a three-yearold. I was told that the original founders were reacting to the hypocrisy they observed among Christians. Yet he realized that he needed help finding his way. people of all ages are welcomed. Farming several acres in organic vegetables is the newest enterprise.Biblical Community Creates Alternative to Consumer Society By Tracy Frisch l Contributing Writer Photos also by Tracy Frisch At Common Sense Farm. "What drew me was the warmth and sincerity and kindness of the community members. one of the village's only restaurants. "We can teach our children diligence and have them with us at appropriate times. and the domestic sphere provide plenty of work for all. "We believe cottage industries are pleasing to God. Instead several homegrown businesses. He readily shared his story. His mother. Four years ago. members are adamant that their highly structured community is neither a hippie commune. NY. nor a cult. an intentional community. Jonah. now called Othniel. a 60-member Twelve Tribes “community of believers” in Cambridge. "There will be restored twelve tribes that will bring about promises made to Abraham. and I learn of one new resident." he moved from Georgia to Common Sense Farm. Members call this testifying." Randy is one of the two compounders (soap makers) at Common Sense hand and body care. he had attended a couple different churches with his family growing up. While new members are frequently young. when he was 18 and "lost. A spiritual seeker. Defining themselves as a group of believers. Ithaca. who's known to fellow members by his Hebrew name of Rashab. On the afternoon of my visit. and Oneonta." Another passage describing an early community inspired by Jesus Christ as having "no rich or poor among them" and sharing "all things in common" offered the group a vision. the group takes its name from the New Testament Book of Acts. who's in her 70s. who were doing things that didn't reflect Biblical teachings. Visitors are welcome and members regularly interact with the wider world through their work and in commerce. Twelve Tribes members say that they're seeking to create the life that the Messiah 20 ecolocalliving. there's a network of 55 such communities around the world. Today. 29. We have freedom that a 9 to 5 job in a corporation doesn't allow. Founded in Chattanooga. But they do not get involved in public life or politics. it's not cloistered." he said. People join voluntarily and can leave if they wish. I meet Tim (Nadiv) transplanting peppers in the greenhouse. a member's grandmother. While the community observes traditions foreign to the society at large. He said he had been making poor choices and had stopped going to his college classes. brother. and sister have each visited him at Common Sense Farm and support his decision to join. At the time he was juggling a full-time job . they have opted to start a separate society of their own. New York has three others in Oak Hill. Fathers are able to go home for lunch with their families. which primarily uses natural ingredients. Rather than influencing the world at large. employs ten members. The business.
Now. propolis from honeybees. Since oil consists of fatty acids and lye is intensely alkaline. Jonah aspires to bring greater food self-sufficiency to the community. Cassie said that. ecolocalliving. like weeding or transplanting hundreds of tomato plants. Jonah was called to Common Sense Farm from another Twelve Tribes community in New York in order to manage the café. Essential oils are added for fragrance. Olive oil. which was started as a homeschooling project about 25 years ago by one of the original Twelve Tribes members ("a pillar"). Jonah doesn't have to face an overwhelming workload alone. the production area is equipped with "multithousand dollar" tanks. the soap compounder. one of the things he said surprised me. after meeting a few Twelve Tribes men in Florida. Work assignments reflect members' knowledge and abilities. Common Sense used to exhibit at trade shows but they no longer need to do this type of promotion. at a young age. This dual attraction explains why washing with soap removes dirt. pitch in. an attractively converted old horse barn. and lesser amounts of coconut. I know their hearts. So often. Four or five years ago Common Sense began getting private label contracts. she already knew that secular society was not for her. he made the radical break with his former life. she said. gentle liquid soap. palm. relocated it to Cambridge in 1997. rather than generating much income from the crops. yielding a new molecule. people's possessions possess them. Asked what keeps him interested in the work. After a good friend of the first soapmaker applied his business expertise to the enterprise." without a father. Massachusetts. On his guitar. and yearned for a stable family life of his own. are mixed with a lye water solution while being heated. making products for other businesses. One pole of the molecule is water loving. including children. Unlike many a new farmer. The process is closest to the ancient method and uses the principle of saponifying oils.only her stepbrother has left the Twelve Tribes. Soap making resembles cooking so what better set-up than an oversized kitchen? The day I visited Randy had made castile soap. Jonah was troubled by this country's class structure and the pressures it puts on people who are not economically well off. stressed that to find fulfillment in this new life. Then he sold his brush clearing and trash removal business and they all moved to a community in Hyannis.and a full course load at the local community college in Utica. when her whole family joined. to be completed in no time. after it had outgrown the old workshop." Last year. A couple years later." Her father decided to take the family on a trip to visit nine different Twelve Tribe communities in the northeast. It's enjoyable and allows massive projects. he went for a visit. and other outlets like the regional wholesale market in Menands. Once there. because her family "went through a lot" with divorce. Community members pool all their income (and give the group their belongings beyond the basics). Members of the Twelve Tribes "clan" in Rutland. he bounced among different relatives growing up. "Those who tend to conduct themselves responsibly are noticed. and once a week. Of her whole family . thanks to referrals from a friend at a fragrance company. He found a partner in the member who runs the farm equipment on the 110-acre property. I meet Randy.parents and three teenage sisters . He had worked in restaurants in the outside world and spent a couple semesters at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. Randy answers with enthusiasm. he's serenading a packing line worker while he finishes up for the day with rousing devotional songs. Some have metal stairs. the whole community comes for a work party at the gardens. At this point. Initially he encountered the Twelve Tribes at a rally of the Promise Keepers. according to Jonah. while the oil end grabs dirt and grease. Big families are the norm. where they lived. a chemical reaction occurs. Various residents. The family unit is central to everything in the Twelve Tribes. and most members marry and have children. When I asked Jonah what attracted him about the group. they don't accumulate individual wealth and do without most of the trappings of our contemporary materialistic world. and castor oils. and root extracts in extra virgin olive oil over mild heat for one to two weeks. an evangelical Christian men's organization. Thus the Twelve Tribes utopian abolition of class divisions to create a more egalitarian society held great appeal for him. The recipe calls for steeping various herbs. Cassie. Randy explained why soap works. two things on opposite ends of the pH scale. His favorite process is making their Balm of Gilead product. On the first floor of the soap building. though the typical size has dropped from six or eight kids to four or five.com 21 . Coming from a "broken family. "a strong Christian. "I believe it's what Yahshua (the Hebrew word for Jesus) wants us to do. at the Pepsi Arena in Albany. I just see how it's important for our community. Vermont. Right after. The community derives its name from the soap business. Their stories especially interested her mother. it took off. Jonah took on the job of growing vegetables as well as the cafe. They look like giant soup kettles on stilts. it's essential to give up the old. I know the founders. as well as the local food co-op. They sell surplus vegetables at their new farm stand. in place of a single pot and burner." Jonah's wife Cassie (Yasheva) has lived in Twelve Tribes communities since she was twelve. Jonah's wife. At this stage it's a "harsh" paste that must be diluted with water to make this traditional. upon meeting the Twelve Tribes again.
Men tend to predominate in the cottage industries that provide cash flow for the community. bookkeeping. Members follow a predictable. They clean the entire house "from top to bottom. teaching. 22 ecolocalliving." according to Cassie." They have a penchant for blends of linen.com Not surprisingly. Cassie has a few other special jobs. whose children are older. which doubles as a sitting room and work area. swim in the pond.Wednesday afternoons. Twelve Tribes children end their schooling as soon as state law allows and begin apprenticeships. and/or cotton and muted colors. and single men. (If time permits. daily and weekly schedule devised to provide for strong parental involvement with their children. and even take the goats out to play. Twelve Tribe members are not churchgoers. and then with a bookkeeper. yet varied. Pointing to the sewing machine in the bedroom. the Twelve Tribes adhere to strict gender roles. but they can find suitable attire for them at second-hand shops. the younger women mostly stay close to home. or working in the restaurant. rayon. as a consequence of the commitment to a way of life portrayed in the Bible.) She also teaches a class of four toddlers four mornings a week. To get ready. in a same-sex dormitory. (The farm also raises Highlander cattle. they also sew pants and shirts for husbands. Older women. and care for flower gardens. They live with their families. Cassie apprenticed with an experienced teacher for three years. and clean. Since women (and girls) have a prescribed type of dress. covering the arms past the elbow and the legs below the knee. As a teenager. make clothing. and cook meals for two days.) Feminine clothing must be modest and loose flowing. on Fridays the women take on a double workload. Occupied with caring for their little children. or if they're single. enjoy volleyball games (Common Sense Farm has two outdoor volleyball courts). sons. while women are largely responsible for the daily chores that keep community fed.continued on Page 26 In the Common Sense community. take on other jobs. Saturdays give families long stretches of uninterrupted time together. residents have bedrooms in one of three houses on the farm or a fourth downtown in the village. it falls on them to sew their own clothes. . Couples with children have a night out with childcare provided once every two weeks. People go for walks. by reading and studying the Bible or a Twelve Tribe newsletter or telling their children a story. Like Jews and Seventh Day Adventists. They get fabric through a woman in the Oak Hill community who purchases it in bulk for the Northeast "tribe. Like the Amish. The neckline should not be much below the collarbone. Cassie told me she sews every . They prepare for these gatherings with their families. Instead they hold household-wide spiritual gatherings every day at 7 AM and 7 PM. clothed. The women also can and preserve food. and a full day of rest and leisure on the Sabbath. It's women who cook for everyone in their house. twice-daily worship. like tending to the health of a small dairy goat herd and doing several shifts of barn chores. the Twelve Tribes celebrate their Sabbath on Saturday.
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but what about the kids? Aside from a few stores that have a rack or two of babies and kids clothing. and available for special order. making them unique to your child. But what really sets Zola Kids apart from any other kids clothing boutique is the custom made dresses for little girls. Zola is of Italian origin which means “little piece of earth. “I thought that more moms should be aware of these products. Being “green” minded.does the custom embroidery and dresses for “A” Babies Originals. has become a bit of a sensation on Braodway. They both had excema. Saratoga's grand avenue has few options. because they can't keep up with the demands. baby essentials . you'll find things that you won't find at every big box store in the country. Linda Slezak. Zola features skin care that is natural. and with their earth-friendly characteristics. According to Wilke. It's always been a great place for adults to find unique outfits and designer threads.” she said. cloth diapers. an earth-friendly boutique for kids. Wilke found a whole niche of natural and organic oriented products for children. “The little girls like to shop for their dolls. Wilke was very pleased with the results. organic cloth blankets. Zola Kids has several ladies that sew the unique designs. Wilke calls that her “mommy and me” Broadway in Saratoga Springs is known for its eclectic restaurants and retail shops. So when you buy that great looking dress. Incorporating these and other products into her family. Zola specializes in girl's party dresses that are exclusive designs.” said Wilke. The cloth diapers have been very popular Wilke said. Recently added. handmade specialty dresses. all are home-based and made in the USA. When seeking alternatives. These dresses are made to order.com Amelia Cooper and Ava Rae Nelson shop at Zola Kids . Wilke was inspired by her discoveries and decided to open 24 ecolocalliving. according to your wishes and desires. there's American Girl doll outfits made by Slezak's 83 year old mother. a Saratoga native . It's the only child's shop in the region that is dedicated to specializing in on organic fabrics. and with little fanfare. they're a hot seller. and when given the choice.rattles. The unique. it's an extension of her desire to offer “green” and locally crafted clothing and accessories that don't exist at the usual big-box stores.Zola Kids Green for the Next Generation Story and Photos by David Delozier a shop dedicated to earth friendly products for young children.” For owner Nicole Wilke. The idea for Zola Kids came from Wilke's own two children. just opened their doors in March this year.” At Zola Kids. “I'm on a wait list for two different suppliers. but none available locally. and she wanted to find natural ways to treat it. on-of-a-kind items outfits give the store a very personal touch. greener options. Dresses can made to match dolls and even moms. they would choose the healthier. Until now… Zola Kids. you know that you are also helping out the American cottage industry.
” None of the toys require batteries. so that when the child revs up the engine by pushing the toy. You can even find jewelry that matches the dresses. Like Saratoga Springs itself. Both mom and daughter can have matching dresses. Zola Kids is obviously a great place for little girls. He loved them so much that he asked the mother. Call 518. It's a one stop shop for unique and original items. in Saratoga Springs.” Zola Kids carries it's custom-made and ecofriendly message into their toys and accessories. which are a hit at any gathering. “They're real popular at the track. so they can pick out the styles that they like. It's a perfect example of cradle-to -cradle manufacturing! Zola Kids has been developing a unique angle for expecting moms . Zola has just started offering christening dresses.” Wilke said. the jewelry is custom made for Zola. They are amazingly soft and cuddly. Prices are competitive when comparing similar quality elsewhere and the custom items will become family heirlooms. but there are great outfits for little boys too. You can get a lot of great gifts for the baby shower here too.” said Wilke. “where'd you get them?” and she replied.like strollers and car seats that go with out earth friendly theme. Speaking of ties. Zola Kids has become the talk of the town. With such unique and fun kids clothing. Again. they're kid powered! There's a little guy that has a USB port that attaches in the cabin. They even have “mommy and me” matching bracelets! Many of the jewelry items are made from recycled materials. and two little girls sisters. They even have “the fuzz that was” . it lights up the little man. “We'd like to grow our baby registry side of the business. Zola Kids has become a social place. “We have safe and natural toys at Zola Kids. you can return the toy back to the company and they will recycle it back into a new toy! It never hits the landfill. Zola Kids can be found at 380 Broadway.a baby registry. Many of the racks are at kid eye level. Mom's have conversations while the kids shop. so that they all match! It's seems that people have become very receptive to the eco-message of Zola Kids.com 25 .2050 Zola Kids owner Nicole Wilke ecolocalliving. Wilke replied.a sprig wood. the local and earth-friendly message of Zola Kids is resonating well in the community. “It really has! I had a guy who worked at Prime at Saratoga National for a wedding reception. too. They give the Customer an alternative to the massmerchandising stores. “at Zola Kids!” So he called and asked when we were closing. Hand made in Latham. and he came right over and bought a dress for his daughter. Wilke tries to find high quality and unique brands that tie in with her store's message. were running around in their Zola dresses that matched. the boys can get ties made of the same fabric as sister's or mommies dress. Wilke already has plans to expand to a larger store.” Wilke mentioned. And when the child has grown out of the toy.plush bears made from recycled plastic bottles. as well as offer more of the baby gear .583.line. Based on its early success. but right now she is just taking baby steps to get the store established. “Everything is made from recycled materials and even reclaimed wood . Zola Kids is a refreshing change from the usual kids clothing shopping experience.
continued from Page 26 The dress code reflects the Twelve Tribes' understanding of how the sexes should relate. Jonah calls these precepts their traditions. rather than going off with buddies to indulge in adventure.commonsensefarm. "We want to be an example of what love is in the hopes that people will see the Messiah through us. their ideals hold sway on and off the job. which. he says. given the "relatively high level of propriety between men and women. Cambridge. "Don't let the sun go down on your anger. "We're looking toward the spirit of the law. they are encouraged to focus on how interests and talents can help fulfill others. "People are in a struggle between their different impulses and it's up to us to choose." he said. Common Sense Farm welcomes visitors." with the goal being "the betterment of others.org. who'd have the wisdom to advise. Marriage is sacred and a person is not supposed to gossip or complain about his or her spouse. We want to understand the why. NY 12816. Cassie explained that. we would surrender our own desires and submit them to the greater good of the whole community." Trying to be true to the word of God requires people to deal with interpersonal conflicts.. Tour the soap workshop at 41 North Union Street. Jonah said." he said. 26 ecolocalliving. you go to them and talk to them. since we were created in God's image. "If you have an issue with someone.com ." Another reason cited by Jonah for valuing cottage industry is that within the community. can get the best of you if you let it. "We follow the standards of the Bible. As an example.selfishness. As the Bible dictates." So rather than selfishly pursuing individual interests. Instead it's appropriate to confide in someone held in high esteem." Yet human beings also have " a fatal flaw" . "When we come in. other norms influence their behavior. Jonah mentions taking children hiking. (528) 677-0224. www. But when people spend so many of their waking hours away in a secular environment." said Jonah." members don't date or become boyfriend and girlfriend. not the letter. Jonah believes it's "the human instinct to want to care for others.
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“Both are fabulous drizzled with a little local honey.” Other customer favorites made locally include cheese and yogurt from the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company. Ericson leans forward and presents a wedge of creamy Tallegio on a wheat cracker with a watercress garnish to a woman on her first visit to the coop. and they’re all happy to be here. “They only use pine nuts. herb-laden chevre from Nettle Meadow Farms in the Adirondacks. however. but since his department contains upwards of 400 varieties of cheeses from around the world as well as dozens of specialty foods and condiments. When he began 10 years ago at Honest Weight. Ericson reports that the abundance of well made locally produced cheeses and condiments have added an entirely new dimension to the department. recipes.” Part of Ericson’s welcoming touch springs from his innate sense of hospitality. the majority of the cheese inventory was imported. as well as Parmesan’s and Triple Crème’s from around the world.” he suggests. “Buddhapesto isn’t doctored with canola or vegetable oil and it flies off the shelf. by the way. Miss Sydney’s Chutney in Albany. why don’t you try this Pecorino Toscano or Moliterno. so I try and educate the customers.” He estimates that a third of his department is now stocked with locally made products.” made in Woodstock. If someone wants to sell here. both local and imported.Honest Weight Food Co-op A Treasure Trove of Locally made Cheeses Story and Photos by Stacey Morris Is it a cheese counter or a gourmet soiree? That’s the question that undoubtedly has crossed the minds of many a first-time visitor to the Honest Weight Food Coop on Central Avenue as they cross the threshold from the grocery aisles into the cheese department. and 28 ecolocalliving.” he says. so it’s a wonderful and addictive application for pasta and sandwiches. which is great for the immune system. “Local products have come a long way. It is here where Ericson. “It’s my way of nurturing the world…you gotta do that one way or another. or tiny glass bottles of white truffle oil from Piedmont. The certified pastry chef operated the gourmet bistro Gustav and Elizabeth’s on Lark Street before landing at Honest Weight a decade ago. “I know what to do with these cheeses.com . working as a chef at area restaurants before attending Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education) in Manhattan. Nowadays.” said Ericson as he unwrapped a snow-white wheel of ash-ripened goat cheese made at R&G Cheese Makers in nearby Cohoes. from the piquant green olives grown along Italy’s Adriatic coastline to wheels of voluptuous triple crème’s from Normandy. from hard and soft cheeses to jams and chutneys. and gourmet sauces such as the customer favorite.” says Ericson as he slices through a hunk of amber-colored Romano that he notes has been aged for six years. so do my staff and my member workers. Dutch Desserts in Kinderhook.” Thanks to Ericson’s expertise and unparalleled interaction with his loyal customer base. he doesn’t merely wait on customers.” Honest Weight is a member-owned and-operated consumer cooperative with a mission to promote more equitable. Pixie’s Preserves in Waterford. Ericson pampers them. fig and rosemary-infused goat cheese from The Painted Goat in Garrartsville. Community Harvest’s Preserves (made with New York state fruit. The department’s glass embankment is a treasure trove of locally made cheeses. She smiles and nods her approval while he reaches into the case for another cheese for her to sample. they have to guarantee their milk hasn’t been contaminated with growth hormones or any of that nonsense. how to serve them. Ericson suddenly senses indecision in the air and rushes to the side of a customer pondering a small pyramid of Italian cheeses. desserts. participatory and ecologically sustainable ways of living. regales customers with attention and food. The Saratoga Springs native has been in the food industry for most of his adult life. cheddar cheese made by the Palatine Valley Dairy in Nelliston. proceeds go to help feed homeless and lower-income residents). the department’s manager and purveyor. “If you’re tired of Romano.” said Ericson. the cheese department and Honest Weight itself continually win ‘best of’ awards from regional publications. and the parsley is a nice touch. It’s also perfect for people like me who like pesto but don’t like making it. Anyone familiar with the reputation of the award-winning voluptuary knows. “They’re all foodies to one extent or another. “Buddhapesto. “I love feeding people. there’s also much information to be imparted. Loyalists who had fallen in love with his desserts and elegant entrees from the Lark Street days followed him and the rest is history. “There’s a lot of mediocre cheese out there. Tanna’s Chutney in Cooperstown. to use them in. His epicurean sensibility gives him an almost uncanny ability to gravitate to some of the most sensual edible delights on the planet. Even on a weekday morning it’s not unusual to see a small crowd gathered at the counter.
as is done with Brie. “The Kunik cheese from Nettle Meadows Farm rivals the Brillat-Saverin from Normandy…that’s how far local has come. or simply with toasted walnuts and pears. then allowed to cool. Then there are the handmade cannoli crafted by Albany resident and Naples native Adele Bucci.” said Ericson. particularly the extra sharp and smoked cheddars Dutch Dessert's bittersweet chocolate tarte served with lightly whipped and lightly sweetened Crème Fraiche and local raspberries Old Chatham's Camembert's warmed up in puff pastry or filo dough. Something can be grass-fed. it’s pure poetry.” he said.” says Ericson. I have been taking the simple goat cheese log from Painted Goat and marinating it for a few days in olive oil. especially those of Tuscany.com. it’s not going to move. Stacey Morris is a freelance writer based in Lake George. or from similar cheeses from France or Italy. The wine jellies by Pixie's Preserves paired with soft and luxurious cheeses like that Camembert.com 29 . Local honeys are great enhancers of stronger aged sheep milk cheeses. and crushed fennel seed and coriander.hwfc. and creatively.com ecolocalliving. which is a crucial part of it. “They’re addictive. “And the quality just keeps getting better.” Below are some of Ericson’s favorite ways to use and pair selections from his Cheese Department at the Honest Weight Food Coop. “From my point of view local is mutually beneficial financially.staceymorris. it can be organic. Nettle Meadow Kunik with the Blackberry Preserves from Community Harvest Tanna's Garlic Ginger and Lemon Fig Chutneys with the cheddars from Palatine Valley Dairy. 484 Central Ave. Their raw bleu cheese (Shaker Blue) can be used in any recipe that calls for a robust bleu. Paired with a crusty baguette and Healthy Community Harvest Blackberry Preserves.” If the last few years have been any indication. Call (518) 482-2667 for more information or visit www. but if it isn’t yummy. Her website is www. “She makes four dozen for us every Saturday and by the afternoon they’re gone. the local food movement is a permanent and expanding part of the Honest Weight landscape.honeys from Big Woods Wildflower in Greenville and Partridge Run Farm in Berne. Which is fine with Ericson. lemons sliced paper thin and warmed up in the oil.
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